Akashanantyayatana, Ākāśānantyāyatana, Ākāsānañcāyatana, Akasha-anantyayatana: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Ākāśānantyāyatana can be transliterated into English as Akasanantyayatana or Akashanantyayatana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ākāśānantyāyatana (आकाशानन्त्यायतन) referst to the “sphere of infinity of space” and represents one of the four Ārūpyasamāpatti (“formless absorptions”), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32. Of the four formless (ārūpya) absorptions, one, namely, the naivasaṃjñānā-saṃjñā-āyatana, is always impure (sāsrava). For the other three, one can single out: the ākāśānantya-āyatana is sometimes impure (sāsrava) and sometimes pure (anāsrava). If it is impure, this ākāśāyatana contains four impure aggregates (sāsrava-skandha); if it is pure, it contains four pure aggregates. It is the same for the vijñānānantya-āyatana and the ākiṃcanya-āyatana.

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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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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'sphere of boundless space', is identical with the 1st absorption in the immaterial sphere; s. jhāna (6).

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Ākāśānantyāyatana or Ākāsānañcāyatana (Tib: nam mkha' mtha' yas; Jpn: 空無辺処 kū mu hen jo) "Sphere of Infinite Space". In this sphere formless beings dwell meditating upon space or extension (ākāśa) as infinitely pervasive. Total life span on this realm in human years - 20,000 Maha Kalpa. This is realm is place 5,580,000 Yodun above the Akanita Brahma Loka — Highest plane of pure abodes.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ākāśānantyāyatana (आकाशानन्त्यायतन).—the abode of infinity or of infinite space; Name of a world with the Buddhists.

Derivable forms: ākāśānantyāyatanam (आकाशानन्त्यायतनम्).

Ākāśānantyāyatana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ākāśa and anantyāyatana (अनन्त्यायतन).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ākāśānantyāyatana (आकाशानन्त्यायतन).—(= Pali ākāsānañcāy°), (1) nt., stage of the infinity of space; as first of the stages of arūpā- vacara gods (see deva), Mvy 3110; Dbh 34.11; as first of four ārūpya samāpatti -(q.v.), Mvy 1492; Karmav 47.21; as condition of the 4th vimokṣa, Mvy 1514; as condition of the 7th abhibhvāyatana, Mvy 1526; as fifth sattvāvāsa, Mvy 2293; (2) m. pl., = next: Suv 86.11; compare ākāśānantya.

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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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