Vaisharadya, aka: Vaiśāradya; 5 Definition(s)

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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)

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Vaiśāradya (वैशारद्य, “fearlessnes”) refers to a set of qualities acquired by the Bodhisattvas accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, according to the 2nd century 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.

There are four fearlessnesses (vaiśāradya) mentioned in chapter XL. For what reasons does the Buddha speak of his four fearlessnesses? The Buddha, who experiences no fear, wishes to destroy incorrect suspicions and, in order to refute objection, he speaks of the four fearlessnesses.

In summary, here is the nature of these four fearlessnesses (vaiśāradya):

  1. Complete knowledge of all the dharmas.
  2. Destruction of all the impurities and their traces.
  3. A report of the dharmas that create obstacles to the path.
  4. A report of the path of the cessation of suffering.

The Buddha does not fear that anyone can truthfully say that he does not fully know these four things. Why? Because he knows them precisely and fully. The first two fearlessnesses are personal qualities or perfections for the Buddha; the last two fearlessnesses are qualities useful to beings. In the first, third and fourth fearlessness, it is a matter of knowledge; in the second, it is a matter of destruction (kṣaya). The matter is governed by the perfection of wisdom and cessation.

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)

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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

India history and geogprahy

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Vaiśāradya.—cf. vesārajja (EI 5), Buddhist; four in number. Note: vaiśāradya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Vaiśāradya (वैशारद्य).—Skill, cleverness, proficiency.

Derivable forms: vaiśāradyam (वैशारद्यम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaiśāradya (वैशारद्य).—nt. (viśārada plus -ya; = Pali vesārajja), confidence in oneself, fearlessness, almost always a quality of a Buddha or Bodhisattva, who usually has a standard list of four such (below): caturhi °dyehi viśārada Mv i.38.15; 335.14; iii.64.5; 138.13; same with suviśārada, i.50.4—5; 238.18; 239.11—12; catur-°dya-viśārada Divy 95.16; 264.30; Av ii.105.14; vaiśāradya-viśāradaḥ LV 438.7 (verse); catur-°dya-prāpta LV 403.1; 428.5; vaiśāradya- prāptā Divy 617.15, of the nun (2) Prakṛti; °dya-varapa- ramiprāptaḥ Mv i.115.7 (verse); vigatakathaṃkatho °dya- prāptaḥ kuśaleṣu dharmeṣu Mv iii.201.12; °dye 'pi chedaṃ (mss. °do) vikartuṃ pratibalāḥ 322.4; among qualities of a Buddha (or Bodhisattva), LV 160.15 (caturbhiś ca tathāgata-°dyaiḥ samanvāgatam); Mv i.237.10; iii.386.14 (verse, °dyehi saṃpannāṃ, but read with mss. °nno, vācaṃ bhāṣe tathāgato); iii.97.10; SP 29.11; 77.7; 81.3; 259.5; LV 275.10; Av i.7.5 etc. (in cliché, prediction of Buddha- hood, caturbhir °dyais); Divy 126.13; 182.20; Bbh 89.5; sarvaśāstra-°dyena LV 431.5; (anabhibhūtapratijñā-)-°dya- prāptatvād 433.22; the usual four vai° of a Buddha, corresp. to Pali, listed Mvy 131—4: (1) sarva-dharmābhi- saṃbodhi-vai°, confidence of being perfectly enlightened as to all dharmas; (2) sarvāśravakṣayajñāna-vai°, of knowledge that all impurities are destroyed for him; (3) antarāyika- dharmānanyathātva-niścita-vyākaraṇa-vai°, of having de- scribed precisely and correctly the obstructive conditions (to religious life); (4) sarvasaṃpadadhigamāya nairyāṇika- pratipattathātva-vai°, of the correctness of his way of salva- tion for realization of all (religious) success; more briefly Dharmas 77, accidentally omitting 3 (in 4 nairvāṇika°); in somewhat diff. language and transposing 3 and 4, Bbh 402.3—12; a wholly diff. list (unknown to Pali) of 4 vai° of Bodhisattvas, Mvy 781—5 (une liste fort obscure, Lévi, Sūtrāl. iii.3 note 3, who gives a transl. of a diff. [Page513-a+ 71] Chinese version); a still different list of four vai° (attained by a Bodhisattva, preliminary to enlightenment) in Mv ii.261.5 f. and 262.6 f.: kāya-vai°, vācā-, citta-, and pṛthu- vai°; they are not explained, and the last is dubious, see pṛthu (Senart assumes that it means Sanskrit pṛthak, but does not explain how that would help); ten vai° of a monk listed Karmav 105.6 (otherwise unknown; viśārado grāmaṃ praviśati, vi° grāmān niṣkrāmati, etc.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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