Akimcanyayatana, Ākiṃcanyāyatana, Ākiñcaññāyatana, Akimcanya-ayatana, Akincannayatana, Akincanna-ayatana: 6 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Akimchanyayatana.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ākiṃcanyāyatana (आकिंचन्यायतन) referst to the “sphere of nothing at all” 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)

[«previous next»] — Akimcanyayatana in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

s. jhāna (7).

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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

Ākiṃcanyāyatana or Ākiñcaññāyatana (Tib: ci yang med; Jpn: 無所有処 musho u sho) "Sphere of Nothingness" (literally "lacking anything"). In this sphere formless beings dwell contemplating upon the thought that "there is no thing". This is considered a form of perception, though a very subtle one. This was the sphere reached by Ārāḍa Kālāma (Pāli: Āḷāra Kālāma), the first of the Buddha's two teachers; he considered it to be equivalent to enlightenment. Total life span on this realm in human years - 60,000 Maha Kalpa. This is realm is place 5,580,000 Yodun above the Plane of Infinite Consciousness(Viknknanaknchayathana).

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Akimcanyayatana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ākiṃcanyāyatana (आकिंचन्यायतन).—(= Pali ākiṃcaññāy°), nt., stage of nothingness; as 3d stage of the arūpāvacara gods, Mahāvyutpatti 3112; Daśabhūmikasūtra 34.14; as 3d of the ārūpya samāpatti, Mahāvyutpatti 1494; as condition of the 6th vimokṣa, Mahāvyutpatti 1516; as 7th of the sattvāvāsa, Mahāvyutpatti 2295; Ārāḍa Kālāma (Kālāpa) taught the goal of association with this stage, Lalitavistara 238.16 = Mahāvastu ii.118.3 °tana- (Mahāvastu corrupt, Senart āśaṅkitavya, q.v.) -sahavratāyai dharmaṃ deśayati.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ākiṃcanyāyatana (आकिंचन्यायतन):—[from ākiṃcanya] n. ‘abode of absolute want of any existence’, ‘non-existence’, Name of a world with Buddhists, [Lalita-vistara]

2) [=ākiṃca-nyāyatana] [from ākiṃcanyāyatana > ākiṃcanya] m. [plural] Name of a class of gods, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 213 ](also °tanopaga, [Dharmasaṃgraha 129]).

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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 (even English!). 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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Akimcanyayatana in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Ākiñcaññāyatana refers to: realm or sphere of nothingness (cp. ākāsa°) D.I, 35, 184; II, 156; III, 224, 253, 262 sq.; M.I, 41, 165; II, 254, 263; III, 28, 44, S.IV, 217; A.I, 268; IV, 40, 401; Ps.I, 36; Nett 26, 39; Vism.333. See also jhāna & vimokkha. (Page 94)

Note: ākiñcaññāyatana is a Pali compound consisting of the words ākiñcañña and āyatana.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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