Vakkarma, aka: Vākkarma, Vac-karma; 1 Definition(s)


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vākkarma (वाक्कर्म) or Vākkarmapatha refers to the “paths of vocal action”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The paths of vocal action (vākkarma-patha) are four in number: abstaining from falsehood (mṛṣāvāda), slander (paiṣunyavāda), harmful speech (pāruṣyavāda) and thoughtless speech (saṃbhinnapralāpa). It can also be spelled as vākkarman.

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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