Shraddhanusarin, Śraddhānusārin, Shraddha-anusarin: 2 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Śraddhānusārin can be transliterated into English as Sraddhanusarin or Shraddhanusarin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Śraddhānusārin (श्रद्धानुसारिन्) refers to one of the eighteen śaikṣa types of the twenty-seven total classes of individuals (pudgala), as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36. In contrast to the Pṛthagjana ‘the worldly’, the Āryas who have entered onto the Path (mārga) and who make up the holy Community (saṃgha), are arranged into various groups. Śraddhānusārin is one that is “pursuing the truth because of faith”.
The list of the twenty-seven individuals [viz., Śraddhānusārin] is one of the masterpieces of the Sarvāstivādin-Vaibhaṣika Abhidharma which, with the help of the canonical sources, has located them precisely along the Path to Nirvāṇa. (cf. Vibhāṣā, Saṃyuktābhidharmasāra and Abhidharmāmṛta). The Prajñāpāramitās have used the preceding sources broadly to establish their twenty categories of saints, but the end-point of the career is no longer the entry into Nirvāṇa but the arrival at the state of Buddha by the conquest of Anuttarasaṃyaksaṃbodhi.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śraddhānusārin (श्रद्धानुसारिन्):—[from śraddhā > śrad] (śraddhān) m. ‘a follower or observer of faith’, one who acts faithfully, a Śrāvaka at a [particular] stage of his religious life, [Divyāvadāna]
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
III.4. Community consisting of four pairs and eight classes of individuals < [III. Recollection of the community (saṃgānusmṛti)]
Appendix 11 - The various groups of noble individuals (āryas) < [Chapter XXXVI - The eight recollections (anusmṛti or anussati)]
Part 7 - Establishing all beings in the fruits of the path < [Chapter XLIX - The Four Conditions]
Abhidharmakośa (by Leo M. Pruden)