Abhidhya, Abhidhyā: 6 definitions


Abhidhya 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या) refers to “envy” or “coveting another’s property”; the abstinence thereof represents one of the three paths classified as manaskarma-patha (paths of mental action) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The paths of mental action (manaskarma-patha) are three in number: abstaining from envy (abhidhyā), spitefulness (vyāpāda) and wrong views (mithyādṛṣṭi).

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या, “avarice”) refers to one of the “ten unwholesome things” (kuśala) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 56). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., abhidhyā). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या).—[dhyai-aṅ]

1) Coveting another's property. न चाचिकीर्षीत् परवस्त्वभिध्याम् (na cācikīrṣīt paravastvabhidhyām) Bu. Ch.2.44.

2) Longing, wish; desire in general; अभिध्योपदेशात् (abhidhyopadeśāt) Br. Sūt.

3) Desire of taking (in general).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या).—f.

(-dhyā) 1. Coveting another’s property. 2. Desire, longing for in general. E. abhi, dhyai to think, and aṅ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या).—set the mind on ([accusative] or [locative]); intend, wish, desire; take for (2 [accusative]); [absolutely] meditate, ponder.

Abhidhyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms abhi and dhyā (ध्या).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhidhyā (अभिध्या):—[=abhi-dhyā] [from abhi-dhyai] f. wish, longing for, desire.

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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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