Shilanusmriti, Śīlānusmṛti, Shila-anusmriti: 2 definitions



Shilanusmriti 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 Śīlānusmṛti can be transliterated into English as Silanusmrti or Shilanusmriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Śīlānusmṛti (शीलानुस्मृति) refers to the “recollection of morality” and represents one of the Anusmṛti (eight recollections), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “the Yogin says to himself: ‘If I do not fall in line with this obligation, the Three Jewels (triratna) will be of no use to me. If the guide (nāyaka) shows the good path but the traveler does not use it, that is not the fault of the guide’. This is why I should recollect morality (śīlānusmṛti)”.

Regarding the type of recollection of morality (śīlānusmṛti), the Yogin recollects pure morality (viśuddhaśīla). According to the sūtras: “the faultless moralities, the moralities without cracks, the moralities without rifts, the unvarying moralities, the liberating moralities, the moralities without careless attachment, the moralities praised by the sages and without defects are pure morality”.

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

Śīlānusmṛti (शीलानुस्मृति) or simply Śīla refers to the “recollection of virtue” and represents one of the “six recollections” (anusmṛti) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 54). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., śīla-anusmṛti). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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