Adhyeshana, aka: Adhyeṣaṇā; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Adhyeṣaṇā 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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context information

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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