Viryaparamita, Vīryapāramitā, Virya-paramita: 3 definitions


Viryaparamita means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous (V) next»] — Viryaparamita in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Vīryapāramitā (वीर्यपारमिता) refers to the “virtue of exertion” and represents one of the six perfections (pāramitā). How does the Bodhisattva fulfill the virtue of exertion (vīryapāramitā)? Answer: When he possesses great exertion of mind. Thus the Bodhisattva Mahātyāgavat, putting his life at the disposal of all his friends, swore to empty the water of the ocean until it was completely dry, and his resolve was firm. Here again, the Bodhisattva praised the Buddha Puṣya for seven days and seven nights standing on one leg without blinking his eyes.

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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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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Vīryapāramitā (वीर्यपारमिता) or simply vīrya refers to the “perfection of energy” and represents the fourth of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 17). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ṣaṣ-pāramitā and vīrya-pāramitā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Vīryapāramitā forms, besides a part of the “six perferctions” (ṣaṭpāramitā), also a part of the “ten perfections” (daśa-pāramitā).

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (V) next»] — Viryaparamita in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vīryapāramitā (वीर्यपारमिता):—[=vīrya-pāramitā] [from vīrya > vīr] f. (with Buddhists) highest degree of fortitude or energy (one of the 6 perfections), [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha; Dharmasaṃgraha 17] ([Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 128]).

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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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