Yogacara, aka: Yogācāra, Yoga-acara, Yoga-cara; 5 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Yogachara.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Yogācāra (योगाचार) refers to “practicing the practices” and represents one of the ten Bodhisattva vyavasthānas, according to the Avataṃsaka in the chapter on the bodhisattva-daśavyavasthāna, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52. Yogācāra-vyavasthāna is also known as sieou hing. The Sanskrit names of these ten abodes are given by the Gaṇḍhavyūha.

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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See Dharmalaksana School.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Yogācāra (योगाचार).—

1) the practice or observance of Yoga.

2) a follower of that Buddhist school which maintains the eternal existence of intelligence or विज्ञान (vijñāna) alone.

3) An act of fraud or magic; ततोऽनेन योगाचारन्यायेन दूरमाकृष्य (tato'nena yogācāranyāyena dūramākṛṣya) Mv.4.

Derivable forms: yogācāraḥ (योगाचारः).

Yogācāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and ācāra (आचार).

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Yogacara (योगचर).—Name of Hanumat.

Derivable forms: yogacaraḥ (योगचरः).

Yogacara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and cara (चर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yogācāra (योगाचार).—m., (1) (AMg. jogāyāra; rare in Sanskrit, not in Pali, where yogāvacara seems to correspond), practice of spiritual discipline: Mvy 1638; Śikṣ 55.17 (°cāra-bhūmy- anukūlāni khādanīya-bhojanīyāni); (2) as Bhvr., = °cārin, one who is characterized by yogācāra (1): °cāro (or read °cārī?) bhikṣur KP 108.4; (3) n. of a samādhi: Kv 83.10; (4) pl., adherents of the Buddhist school of this name; social relations with them cause or constitute backsliding for Bodhisattvas: Mv i.120.9. Cf. foll. items.

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