Upashamaka, aka: Upaśamaka; 2 Definition(s)


Upashamaka means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Upaśamaka can be transliterated into English as Upasamaka or Upashamaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Upaśamaka (उपशमक).—Which living beings are referred by upaśamaka (subsidence oriented)? Here the word upaśamaka refers to the practitser in the 8th to 10th stage of spiritual purification (guṇasthāna) that use subsidence method to attain their spiritual purification and achieve subsidence of the 21 tendencies of conduct-deluding karmas.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 9: Influx of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Upaśamaka (उपशमक).—a. Appeasing, pacifying, affording repose, making patient.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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