Svalakshanashuci, aka: Svalakṣaṇāśuci, Svalakshana-ashuci; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Svalakṣaṇāśuci can be transliterated into English as Svalaksanasuci or Svalakshanashuci, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Svalakshanashuchi.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Svalakṣaṇāśuci (स्वलक्षणाशुचि) or simply Svalakṣaṇa refers to the “impurity of intrinsic characteristics” and represents one of the five “impurities of the body” (kāyāśuci), contemplating on which, the Yogin can obtain the four “foundations of mindfulness” (smṛtyupasthāna), forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.

Accordingly, the impurity of Svalakṣaṇa is described as follows: “this body with its nine gates is always secreting impurity: the eyes spill out rheum and tears; the ears produce wax; the nose contains snot; the mouth has saliva and vomit; the anus and the urethra constantly empty out excrement and urine; and the hair-pores sweaty impurity... That is what is called the impurity of intrinsic characteristics (svalakṣaṇāśuci)”.

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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