Shariputrabhidharma, Śāriputrābhidharma, Shariputra-abhidharma: 1 definition


Shariputrabhidharma means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Śāriputrābhidharma can be transliterated into English as Sariputrabhidharma or Shariputrabhidharma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Śāriputrābhidharma (शारिपुत्राभिधर्म) is the name of a text authored by Śāriputra, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 3).—Accordingly, “Some say: When the Buddha was in this world, Śāriputra composed the Abhidharma in order to explain the words of the Buddha. Later, the Vātsiputrīya monks recited this work. To this day, this is what is called the Śāriputrābhidharma”.

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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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