Vishuddhashila, Viśuddhaśīla, Vishuddha-shila: 1 definition

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Vishuddhashila 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 Viśuddhaśīla can be transliterated into English as Visuddhasila or Vishuddhashila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Viśuddhaśīla (विशुद्धशील) refers to the “pure morality”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “According to the sūtras: ‘the faultless moralities, the moralities without cracks, the moralities without rifts, the unvarying moralities, the liberating moralities, the moralities without careless attachment, the moralities praised by the sages and without defects are pure morality (viśuddhaśīla)’”.

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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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