Akashashakuni, Ākāśaśakuni, Akasha-shakuni: 1 definition



Akashashakuni 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.

The Sanskrit term Ākāśaśakuni can be transliterated into English as Akasasakuni or Akashashakuni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Ākāśaśakuni (आकाशशकुनि) (cf. Ākāśapuṣpa, Khapuṣpa) refers to one of the various types of upamāna (comparisons). Cf. Nirmāṇa and the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XI).—Accordingly, “the category ‘bodhisattva’ is also unreal, like the following things: ākāśaśakuni, svapna, māyā, marīci, udakacandra, pratiśrutkā, pratibhāsa, bimba, tathāgatanirmita”.

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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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