Shashvatadrishti, Śāśvatadṛṣṭi, Shashvata-drishti: 3 definitions


Shashvatadrishti 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 Śāśvatadṛṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Sasvatadrsti or Shashvatadrishti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Śāśvatadṛṣṭi (शाश्वतदृष्टि) refers to the “view of eternalism” and represents a type of dṛṣṭi (wrong view) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13. It is part of a classification of two types of dṛṣṭi, the other being the  the view of nihilism (ucchedadṛṣṭi). Śāśvatadṛṣṭi is an adherence of the mind (cittakṣānti) which holds the five aggregates (skandha) to be eternal (nitya). Beings often fall into these two wrong views. The Bodhisattvas who have suppressed them within themselves are also able to suppress them in others in order to establish them in the Middle Way.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Śāśvatadṛṣṭi (शाश्वतदृष्टि) refers to the “view of eternity”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Son of good family, there are eight purities of the insight (prajñā) of the Bodhisattvas. What are the eight? To with, (1) although they attain all good qualities, they do not stick to the view of eternity (śāśvatadṛṣṭi); (2) although they strive to get rid of all bad qualities, they do not fall into the view of annihilation; (3) although they enter into dependent origination, they are not contradictory with the tolerance that all things are unborn; (4) although they illuminate four kinds of special knowledge, they are not attached to interpretation and eloquence; [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śāśvatadṛṣṭi (शाश्वतदृष्टि).—f. (= Pali sassata-diṭṭhi), the doctrine of eternality (that the world etc. is eternal), eternalism: Bodhisattvabhūmi 67.22 (see s.v. ekatya-śāśvatika).

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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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