Adhyeshana, aka: Adhyeṣaṇā, Adhyeṣaṇa; 3 Definition(s)


Adhyeshana 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.

The Sanskrit terms Adhyeṣaṇā and Adhyeṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Adhyesana or Adhyeshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Adhyeṣaṇā (अध्येषणा, “invitation”) refers to a quality of a Bodhisattva accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13. The Bodhisattvas excelled in inviting innumerable Buddhas. The invitations which they address to the Buddhas are of two types (Namely, adhyeṣaṇā, invitation, and yācanā, prayer).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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)

Adhyeṣaṇā (अध्येषणा, “requesting instruction”) represents one of the “sevent supreme offerings” (saptavidhā-anuttarapūjā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 14). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., saptavidhā-anuttarapūjā and Adhyeṣaṇā). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Adhyeṣaṇa (अध्येषण).—[adhi-iṣ prairaṇe-lyuṭ] Causing one to do a thing, especially a preceptor &c. as an honorific duty.

-ṇā [adhikā eṣaṇā prārthanā] Solicitation, entreaty.

Derivable forms: adhyeṣaṇam (अध्येषणम्).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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