Samyaksmriti, Samyak-smriti, Samyaksmṛti: 6 definitions


Samyaksmriti means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Samyaksmṛti can be transliterated into English as Samyaksmrti or Samyaksmriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

1) Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति) or “right mindfulness” is associated with Śūkarāśyā: the Southern Ḍākinī of the Cakrasaṃvara-maṇḍala or Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—The Cakrasaṃvara mandala has a total of sixty-two deities. [...] Eight outer Ḍākinīs who make up the guardians of the directional gates and quarters of the cardinal directions.

2) Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति) or “right mindfulness” refers to one of the eight limbs of the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga ("The Eightfold Path"), which itself refers to Mārga or “path which leads to the end of suffering” (i.e., one of the “four noble truths”).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति, “right attentiveness”) refers to the seventh of the Āryāṣṭāṅgamārga, or “eight members of the noble path”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI. Accordingly, “the seventh member, right attentiveness (samyaksmṛṭi), has already been mentioned in regard to the faculty of attentiveness, the strength of attentiveness and the member of enlightenment called attentiveness”.

Accordingly to chapter 36, “right mindfulness (samyaksmṛṭi) recalls and never forgets the seven things to be done”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति) refers to “correct recollection”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Gaganagañja said to Ratnapāṇi: “Son of good family, those sixty-four dharmas are included in one hundred twenty-eight dharmas. What are those one hundred twenty-four? [...] (9) non-haughtiness is included in getting rid of arrogance and pride; (10) actions with reference to the dharma is included in getting rid of bad qualities and fulfilling good qualities; (11) the body without crookedness is included in the absence of harshness or roughness; (12) no crooked thinking is included in correct recollection (samyaksmṛti) and correct concentration; [...]’”.

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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»] — Samyaksmriti in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति, “right mindfulness”) refers to the seventh 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-smṛti). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samyaksmriti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Samyaksmṛti (सम्यक्स्मृति):—[=samyak-smṛti] [from samyak > samy-añc] f. (with, [Buddhist literature]) right recollection.

[Sanskrit to German]

Samyaksmriti 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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