Vaisharadya, aka: Vaiśāradya; 2 Definition(s)


Vaisharadya 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.

The Sanskrit term Vaiśāradya can be transliterated into English as Vaisaradya or Vaisharadya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Vaiśāradya (वैशारद्य, “fearlessnes”) refers to a set of qualities acquired by the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. The Bodhisattvas are endowed with the four vaiśāradyas. The vaiśāradyas, the fearlessnesses, are of two types: the vaiśāradya of the Buddha and the vaiśāradya of the Bodhisattva.

(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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Vaiśāradya (वैशारद्य) or Caturvaiśāradya refers to the “four confidences” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 77):

  1. abhisambodhi (confidence in the Awakening),
  2. āsravakṣayajñāna (confidence in the destruction of the pollutants),
  3. nairvāṇikamārgāvataraṇa (confidence in the path that leads to entering emancipation),
  4. antarāyikadharmānanyathātvaniścitavyākaraṇa (and confidence that those things declared in the dharma to be obstacles are not other than stated).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., vaiśāradya). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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