Vipakahetu, Vipākahetu, Vipaka-hetu: 1 definition


Vipakahetu 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Vipākahetu (विपाकहेतु) refers to the “ripening cause” and represents one of the five causes (hetu) of the causal condition (hetupratyaya), which itself is one of the four kinds of pratyaya (conditions) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIX. Accordingly, “as a result of the accomplishment of action (karman), a favorable (kuśala) or unfavorable (akuśala) fruit of ripening (vipākaphala) is obtained: this is the ripening cause (vipākahetu)”.

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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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