Abhibhvayatana, Abhibhvāyatana, Abhibhu-ayatana: 2 definitions
Abhibhvayatana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Abhibhvāyatana (अभिभ्वायतन) refers to the “eight spheres of mastery”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32. Accordingly, “the eight abhibhvāyatanas can be attained by ascetics who have entered deeply into concentration and whose mind is disciplined and softened. Sometimes the Yogin sees the horrible (aśubha) of his own body and also sees the horrors of outer visibles”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Abhibhvāyatana (अभिभ्वायतन).—nt. (= Pali abhibhāyatana), sphere of sovereignty, one of the eight stages of mastery over the senses (in jhāna, Critical Pali Dictionary); also called abhibhū, q.v., in [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit]: Mahāvyutpatti 1519 (listed in 1520—27); Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) vii.9, commentary; xx—xxi.44, commentary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Class 6: The eight spheres of mastery (abhibhvāyatana, abhibhu-āyatana) < [Class (5) liberations, (6) masteries and (7) totalities]
Introduction to the eight classes of dharmas < [Chapter XXXII-XXXIV - The eight classes of supplementary dharmas]
4. Causes and conditions in the concentrations < [Part 4 - Questions relating to the dhyānas]
Abhidharmakośa (by Vasubandhu)