Samyakpradhana, Samyakpradhāna, Samyak-pradhana: 3 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samyakpradhana in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Samyakpradhāna (सम्यक्प्रधान) refers to “right effort” and represents one of the seven classes of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.—Accordingly, “those that destroy bad dharmas and move in the right path (samyagmārga) are called “right effort” (samyakpradhāna)”. Also, “when he has retained and followed this teaching, the Yogin who is looking for the fruit (phalaparyeṣin) practices with exertion: this is called ‘right effort’ (samyakpradhāna)”.

Also, “during the examination (anupaśyanā) characteristic of the four foundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna), when the Yogin feels some laziness (kausīdya), when the five obstacles (pañcanīvaraṇa) and the other passions (kleśa) cloud the mind and he strays away from the five kinds of roots of good, faith, etc., then he makes an effort (vyāyacchate) and develops exertion for: 1) eliminating the bad dharmas that have already arisen; 2) preventing the arising of the bad dharmas that have not yet arisen; 3) making the good dharmas, faith, etc., that have not yet arisen, arise; 4) developing the good dharmas that have already arisen. When these four exertions are abundant during the four doundations of mindfulness (smṛtyupasthāna), they take the name of right efforts (samyakpradhāna)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geography

[«previous next»] — Samyakpradhana in India history glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Samyak-pradhāna.—cf. sammappadhāna (EI 5), Buddhist; four in number. Note: samyak-pradhāna is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samyakpradhana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Samyakpradhāna (सम्यक्प्रधान) or Samyak-prahāṇa.—see the second members.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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