Udvegasamjna, Udvegasaṃjñā, Udvega-samjna: 1 definition



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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Udvegasaṃjñā (उद्वेगसंज्ञा) refers to the “concept of disgust”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 37. Accordingly, “the Yogin also says to himself: ‘If I am attached to this bad food, I will fall into hell (niraya) where I will have to swallow red-hot iron balls. Having come out of hell, I will become an animal (tiryagyoni), a cow (go), a sheep (eḍaka) or a camel (uṣṭra), and I will be acquitted of my former debt. Or else, I will be a pig (sūkara), a dog (kukkura) and I will always eat excrement’. Thinking of food in this way engenders the notion of disgust (udvegasaṃjñā) and, by means of this disgust for food, one becomes disgusted with the five objects of enjoyment (pañcakāmaguṇa)”.

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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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