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What Does Samyaksambuddhahood Mean?

Samyaksambuddhahood is a state of being in Buddhism, in which the person has become a fully spiritually awakened buddha and chooses to teach others. The term can be translated as “the state of understanding all dharmas perfectly and completely” and is derived from the Sanskrit samyak, which means “perfectly,” and sam, which means “fully.” Buddhahood refers generally to the state of being enlightened or having reached nirvana.

This state is reached without the guidance of a teacher or guru but, rather, by self-discovery.


Yogapedia Explains Samyaksambuddhahood

Those who achieve this state are called samyaksambuddhas. Not all who reach buddhahood – the state of perfect enlightenment – are suited to teaching or choose to teach. These “silent” buddhas are called pratyekabuddhas.

In samyaksambuddhahood, the buddha may form a community of savakas, or disciples, to whom he teaches his discoveries and the dharma. He typically focuses on places where that dharma is no longer followed or was never taught in the first place.

Samyaksambuddhahood can be reached by the path of more wisdom (prajnadhika), more effort (viryadhika) or more faith (sraddhadhika).

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