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Twofold-path 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

There are also twofold paths (to go directly to nirvāṇa):

  1. bad path (akuśala-mārga) and good path (kuśala-mārga);
  2. worldly path (laukika-mārga) and supraworldly path (lokottara-mārga);
  3. path of concentration (samādhi-mārga) and path of wisdom (prajñāmārga);
  4. impure path (sāsrava-mārga) and pure path (anāsravamārga);
  5. path of those who practice (śaikṣa-mārga) and path of those who no longer practice (aśaikṣa-mārga);
  6. path of seeing (darśana-mārga) and path of meditation (bhāvanā-mārga);
  7. path of those who seek the truth as a result of faith (śraddhānusārin) and path of those who seek the truth as a result of scripture (dharmānusārin);
  8. path of those who are candidates for the fruit of the religious life (phalapatipannaka-mārga) and path of those who are in possession of these fruits (phalaprāpta-mārga);
  9. path of expulsion of the conflicting emotions (ānantarya-mārga) and path of deliverance from the conflicting emotions (vimukti-mārga);
  10. path of whose who are convinced by means of faith (śraddhādhimukta-mārga) and path of those who have the speculative view (dṣṛṭiprāpta-mārga);
  11. path of those who are delivered by means of wisdom (prajñāvimukta-mārga) and path of those who are doubly delivered (ubhayatobhāgavimukta-mārga).

There are innumerable twofold paths of this kind.

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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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