Silasamvara, Sila-samvara, Sīlasaṃvara, Śīlasaṃvara, Shila-samvara, Shilasamvara: 2 definitions


Silasamvara 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 Śīlasaṃvara can be transliterated into English as Silasamvara or Shilasamvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Śīlasaṃvara (शीलसंवर) refers to “moral discipline”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 4).—Accordingly, “[...] Among men, moral discipline (śīlasaṃvara), the path of seeing the truths (satyadarśanamārga), the path of meditation (bhāvanāmārga), and the fruits of the path (mārgaphala) are found. In the other destinies, these benefits cannot be found according to some or very rare according to others. On the other hand, they are easy to obtain and very frequent among gods and men. This is why the Buddha is the teacher of gods and men”.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Silasamvara in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Sīlasaṃvara refers to: self-restraint in conduct D. I, 69; Dhs. 1342; DA. I, 182.

Note: sīlasaṃvara is a Pali compound consisting of the words sīla and saṃvara.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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