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saṃskāra

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

(Skt, formation; Pāli, saṇkhāra). The constructing activities that form, shape or condition the moral and spiritual development of the individual. The saṃskāra-skandha is the fourth of the...

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Saṃskāra

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 280 words.

(Skt., saṃ, ‘together’, + kr, ‘make’).

1. The saṃskāras are the rituals through which high-caste or twice-born

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saṃskāra

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

(Skt, formation; Pāli, saṇkhāra). The constructing activities that form, shape or condition the moral and spiritual development of the individual. The saṃskāra-skandha is the fourth of the...

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samskara <i>noun</i>

Jennifer Speake and Mark LaFlaur.

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

January 1999; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 34 words.

E19 Sanskrit (samskāra preparation, a making perfect).

1 E19 Hinduism A purificatory ceremony or rite marking a stage or

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saṃskāra

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 119 words.

(Skt, formation; Pāli, saṇkhāra). The constructing activities that form, shape or condition the moral and spiritual development of the individual.

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saṃskāra

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 450 words.

(lit. ‘putting together’, ‘making perfect’, ‘preparing’, ‘cleansing’)

1 According to the Brahmanical tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra,

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samskara

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 118 words.

jarrah, para, Tara • abracadabra, Aldabra • Alhambra • Vanbrugh • Cassandra, Sandra • Aphra,

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samskara

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 118 words.

jarrah, para, Tara • abracadabra, Aldabra • Alhambra • Vanbrugh • Cassandra, Sandra • Aphra,

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saṃskāra (P.)

Edited by Robert E. Buswell and David S. Lopez.

in The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

P ublished online July 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 321 words.

In Sanskrit, a polysemous term that is variously translated as “formation,” “volition,” “volitional action,” “conditioned,” “conditioning factors.” In its more

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Clouding Self-Identity: Śaṅkara, <i>Saṃskāra</i>s, and the Possession of King Amaruka

Neil Dalal.

in The Journal of Hindu Studies

November 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 4191 words.

Prior to his possession of King Amaruka in the Śaṅkaradigvijaya, Śaṅkara soothes the doubts of his disciples and argues that knowledge of his self as non-dual brahman is unwavering. He...

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Individualized and Domestic Rituals (saṃskāra)

Axel Michaels.

in Homo Ritualis

January 2016; p ublished online January 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Hinduism. 14483 words.

Birth, baptism, school enrollment, initiation, engagement, wedding, death—we always make a ritual of these. Birthdays, exams, anniversaries—rituals, it appears, accompany us throughout life...

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Thread ceremony (Hindu ritual and one of the most important of the saṃskāras):

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 15 words.

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Dharmanibandhas

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 16 words.

Medieval compendia of Hindu dharma, dealing, inter alia, with ritual ‘law’ and saṃskāras (life-cycle rituals).

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Saṃcita-karma

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

In Hinduism, the accumulation of saṃskāras (acquired characteristics) which have been created and transmitted via karma from previous lives.

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Dharmanibandhas

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

Medieval compendia of Hindu dharma, dealing, inter alia, with ritual ‘law’ and saṃskāras (life-cycle rituals).

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garbhādhāna

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 112 words.

1 According to Dharmaśāstra, the saṃskāra to be performed after menstruation, and before and after sexual intercourse, to ensure

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antyeṣṭi

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 535 words.

The death ritual and funeral rites performed in the first thirteen days following death, and marking the last saṃskāra

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upanayana

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 415 words.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male

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vidyārambha

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 29 words.

One of the standard saṃskāra, marking the beginning of a basic education (i.e. learning how to read), usually undertaken

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marriage

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 843 words.

The most important rite of passage (saṃskāra) for most Hindus. For women, it marks the transition to maturity,

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cūḍā (cūḍākaraṇa)

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 39 words.

The eighth of the saṃskāras (transformative rituals) incumbent on the three higher varṇa, to be performed in a male

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