Ajnanavat, Ajnanavan, Ajñānavat: 1 definition


Ajnanavat 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»] — Ajnanavat in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ajñānavat (अज्ञानवत्) refers to “those without knowledge”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 11.—Accordingly, as the Buddha said: “The nature of dharmas is emptiness. However, worldly people, ignorant and without knowledge (ajñānavat), produce all kinds of afflictions in regard to dharmas, [of which the main one is ignorance]. This affliction is the cause and condition for actions of body, speech and mind which are the cause of a new existence. As a result of this existence we experience suffering or pleasure. Thus, if the affliction (i.e., ignorance) did not truly exist, there would be no actions of body, speech and mind, and we would not experience suffering or pleasure. [...]”.

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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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