Shatpadabhidharma, Ṣaṭpadābhidharma, Shatpada-abhidharma, Ṣaṭpādābhidharma: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Ṣaṭpadābhidharma and Ṣaṭpādābhidharma can be transliterated into English as Satpadabhidharma or Shatpadabhidharma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Ṣaṭpādābhidharma (षट्पादाभिधर्म) (Cf. Kośavyākyā, p. 466) is the Jñānaprasthāna and the six annexed treatises that are its continuation (anucāra) or ‘feet’ (cf. Kośa, I, p. 4, n. 4). There is a list of them in Sanskrit in the Kośavyākhyā, p. 9, and in Tibetan in Buston, I. p. 49 and Taranātha, p. 296:

  1. Prakaraṇapāda by Vasumitra (T 1541 and 1542;
  2. Vijñānakāya by Devaśarman or Devakṣema (T 1539),
  3. Dharmaskandha by Śāriputra according to the Tibetan sources, of Maudgalyāyana according to the Chinese sources (T 1537);
  4. Prajñaptiśāstra by Maudgalyāyana (T 1538);
  5. Dhātukāya by Pūrṇa according to the Tibetan sources, of Vasumitra according to the Chinese sources (T 1540);
  6. Saṃgītiparyāya of Mahākauṣṭhila according to the Tibetan sources, of Śāriputra according to the Chinese sources (T 1536).

Along with the Jñānaprasthāna, these are the seven treatises of the Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma. The best study of these works is that of J. Takakusu, On the Abhidharma Literature of the Sarvāstivādin, Extract of JPTS, 1905, which is complemented by de La Vallée Poussin’s Introduction to the Kośa, p. XXIX-XLII. – For the comparison with the seven books of the Pāli Abhidharma, refer to Winternitz, Literature, II, p. 165–173; Law, Pāli Literature, I, p. 336–342; Nyanatiloka, Guide through the Abhidhamma-Piṭaka, Colombo, 1938.

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

Ṣaṭpadābhidharma (षट्पदाभिधर्म):—[=ṣaṭ-padābhidharma] [from ṣaṭ-pada > ṣaṭ > ṣaṣ] m. Name of [work]

[Sanskrit to German]

Shatpadabhidharma 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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