Samyaksankalpa, Samyaksamkalpa, Samyak-samkalpa, Samyaksaṃkalpa, Samyaksaṅkalpa, Samyak-sankalpa: 5 definitions



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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Samyaksaṃkalpa (सम्यक्संकल्प, “right thought”) refers to the second of the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga, or “eight members of the noble path”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, “the second member, right thought (samyaksaṃkalpa), is, at the time of contemplating the four truths, associated with a pure mind: it is a reflection (tarka), an enquiry (vitarka), an understanding (avabodha), an examination (mīmāṃsa)”.

Right thought (samyaksaṃkalpa) according to Mahāyāna: “in the course of right thinking, the Bodhisattva who is established in the emptiness (śunya) and non-existence of dharmas examines the characteristics of right thought (samyaksaṃkalpa-lakṣaṇa). He knows that all thoughts (saṃkalpa) are false conceptions (mithyā-saṃkalpa), up to and including those concerning nirvāṇa and the Buddha. Why? The cessation of all kinds of conceptions is called right thought”

Accordingly to chapter 36, “right intention (samyaksaṃkalpa) deals with encouraging right view”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Samyaksankalpa in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Samyaksaṅkalpa (सम्यक्सङ्कल्प, “right thought”) refers to the second of the “noble eightfold path” (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 50), itself forming part of the “thirty-seven things on the side of awakening” (bodhipākṣika-dharma). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., samyak-saṅkalpa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samyaksankalpa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samyaksaṃkalpa (सम्यक्संकल्प).—[masculine] right purpose.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samyaksaṃkalpa (सम्यक्संकल्प):—[=samyak-saṃkalpa] [from samyak > samy-añc] m. (with, [Buddhist literature]) r° resolve.

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Samyaksankalpa in German

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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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