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Abhidharma

Abhidharma  

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(Skt.; Pāli, Abhidhamma). Term meaning ‘higher doctrine’ and denoting the scholastic analysis of religious teachings. The earliest Abhidharma material was composed over several centuries beginning ...
Abhidharma-dīpa

Abhidharma-dīpa  

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‘Lamp of Abhidharma’, being a Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma text of uncertain authorship, though sometimes thought to have been composed by Vasumitra in response to Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-kośa. The text, ...
Abhidharma-kośa

Abhidharma-kośa  

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‘Treasury of Abhidharma’, a key Abhidharma text in verse written by Vasubandhu and summarizing Sarvāstivādin tenets in eight chapters with a total of about 600 verses. The verses are then commented ...
Abhidharma-kośa Śāstra

Abhidharma-kośa Śāstra  

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A systematic Sarvāstivāda Buddhist treatise composed by (or attributed to) Vasubandhu in the period before he embraced Mahāyāna Buddhism. The work comprises two parts: verse (Abh.k. kārikā) and prose ...
Abhidharma-kośa-bhāṣya

Abhidharma-kośa-bhāṣya  

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Vasubandhu's auto-commentary to his Abhidharma-kośa in which he criticizes the interpretations of the Vaibhāṣikas and others of the tenets he presented in that work. His critique is made from the ...
Asaṇga

Asaṇga  

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Along with Maitreyanātha, the historical co-founder of the Yogācāra school of Mahāyāna Buddhism and half-brother of Vasubandhu. Born in north-west India during the 4th century ce, he was originally a ...
Buddha-nature

Buddha-nature  

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(Skt., buddhatā, buddha-dhātu; Jap., busshō).In early Buddhist thought, this term referred to the potentiality for becoming a Buddha through the traditional methods of study and religious practice. ...
caitta

caitta  

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(Skt.). Term in Buddhist psychology (being a later form of caitasika) denoting derivative mental states or functions of the mind (citta). Lists of these, derived from the sūtras and differing in ...
Dignāga

Dignāga  

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Buddhist logician who flourished towards the end of the 5th cent. ce. His greatest work is the Pramāṇa-samuccaya which combines many of his earlier insights into a complete system of ...
Fa-hsiang

Fa-hsiang  

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A school of Chinese Buddhism, also known as Dharma-character, which continued the teaching of Vijñavāda (Yogācāra), based on the writings of Asaṅga and Vasubandhu. It was founded by Hsüan-tsang ...
kleśa

kleśa  

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According to Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra, five defilements or impurities (avidyā—ignorance, asmitā—‘I-am-ness’, rāga—attachment, dveṣa—aversion, abhiniveṣa—fear of extinction), which both give rise to and ...
Kośa school

Kośa school  

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A minor school of Buddhism during its early period in China.which focused on the study of the Abhidharma-kośa by the Indian sage Vasubandhu, translated into Chinese by Paramārtha between 563 and 567. ...
Kusha school

Kusha school  

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One of the so-called ‘Six Schools of Nara Buddhism’ that appeared in Japan during the early period of Buddhism's development. More an area of specialized study than a school as such, this group of ...
Louis de La Vallée Poussin

Louis de La Vallée Poussin  

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(1869–1938).A renowned Belgian scholar of Buddhism who made a major contribution to the field, notably through the editing and translating of important Buddhist works in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and ...
Madhyānta-vibhāga-kārikā

Madhyānta-vibhāga-kārikā  

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1 A key Yogācāra work by Maitreyanātha in 112 verses which delineates the distinctions and relationship (vibhāga) between the middle view (madya) and extremes (anta). It comprises five chapters: ...
Mahāvibhāṣā

Mahāvibhāṣā  

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A great treatise whose name means the ‘Great Book of Alternatives’ or ‘Great Book of Options’, compiled probably during the 3rd century ce in Gandhāra under the patronage of King Kaniṣka II. It is ...
Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra

Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra  

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A major work in verse attributed to Maitreyanātha presenting the Mahāyāna path from the Yogācāra perspective. The work, whose name means ‘The Adornment of Mahāyāna Sūtras’, comprises 22 chapters with ...
Maitreyanātha

Maitreyanātha  

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Buddhist teacher of uncertain status. He is held to be a founder of Yogācāra/Vijñānavāda because of the statement that Asaṅga was taught by Maitreyanātha. But this may be a reference to Maitreya.[...]
pramāṇa

pramāṇa  

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(Skt., ‘measure’, ‘authority’).1 In Hinduism, proof, the means for attaining true knowledge.2 In Buddhism generally, a school of thought established by Dignāga. In its more technical sense, however, ...
Pure Land schools

Pure Land schools  

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A devotional form of Buddhism centring on the Buddha Amitābha (Skt.; Chin., O-mi-tʾo; Jap., Amida) and his transcendent realm known as Pure Land. Everything in Pure Land is conducive to ...

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