Abhinilanetra, Abhinīlanetra, Abhinila-netra: 2 definitions


Abhinilanetra means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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)

[«previous next»] — Abhinilanetra in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Abhinīlanetra (अभिनीलनेत्र) refers to “(the marks consisting of having) blue eyes”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 19).—Accordingly, “Furthermore, some say that generosity is the cause and condition (hetupratyaya) for obtaining the thirty-two marks. Why is that? [...] While giving, if one is not irritated, is detached, has an even mind (samacitta) while thinking about one’s neighbor, one obtains the marks consisting of having blue eyes (abhinīlanetra) with eyelashes like those of the king of the oxen (gopakṣmanetra). [...]”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Abhinilanetra in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Abhinīlanetra (अभिनीलनेत्र) or Abhinīlanetratā refers to “the eyes are very dark” and represents the thirty-first of the “thirty-two marks of a great man” (lakṣaṇa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 83). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., abhinīla-netra). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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