Sixfold-path; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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There are also sixfold paths:

1) path of the damned (nārakamārga), path of the animals (tiryaṅmārga), path of the pretas, path of humans (manuṣyamārga), path of the gods (devamārga) and path of the arhats;

2) paths of abandonment of the six objects (ṣaḍviṣayaparityāga);

3) paths of the six comities (sārāyaṇīya);

4) paths of the six superknowledges (abhijñā);

5) paths of the six kinds of arhats;

6) paths of development of the six stages (bhūmi);

7) paths of the six meditative stabilizations (samādhi);

8) paths of the six perfections (pāramitā), each of them including six paths in turn.

There are innumerable sixfold paths of this kind.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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