Acintyavimoksha, Acintyavimokṣa, Acintya-vimoksha: 1 definition

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The Sanskrit term Acintyavimokṣa can be transliterated into English as Acintyavimoksa or Acintyavimoksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Achintyavimoksha.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Acintyavimokṣa (अचिन्त्यविमोक्ष) refers to “the inconceivable liberations”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]— [...] (12). The Buddha has no loss of the wisdom and the vision of deliverance.—[...] The fruit of retribution (vipākaphala) of these four things is twofold: i) vimukti, ‘deliverance’; ii) vimukti-jñānadarśana, ‘knowledge and vision of deliverance’. The meaning of vimukti has been defined above. As for vimukti-jñānadarśana, it is by using it that one understands the two kinds of deliverance, i.e., conditioned deliverance and unconditioned deliverance, and one also understands the other kinds of deliverance; occasional deliverance, non-occasional deliverance, deliverance of mind], deliverance by wisdom, twofold deliverance, destructible deliverance, indestructible deliverance, the eight liberations, the inconceivable liberations (acintyavimokṣa), the unobstructed liberations, etc. [...]”.

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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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