Alpeccha, Alpa-iccha: 3 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Alpechchha.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Alpeccha (अल्पेच्छ) refers to “little desire” (i.e., the Bodhisattva does not even desire supreme complete enlightenment and, still less, any other thing) and represents one of the ten dharmas in the fourth bhūmi, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XX (2nd series).—Accordingly, “by virture of the emptiness consisting of the non-apprehension of dharmas, the Bodhisattva does not seize any characteristic marks and does not become attached to them. It is the same up to anuttarā samyaksaṃbodhi: he practices detachment of mind (niḥsaṅgacitta).

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Alpeccha (अल्पेच्छ) refers to “little desire”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Gaganagañja said to Ratnapāṇi: “Son of good family, the thirty-two dharmas are included in sixty-four dharmas. What are those sixty-four? [...] (13) harmlessness is included in love and having faith in the maturation of action; (14) contentment with one’s own possessions is included in little desire (alpeccha) and knowing satisfaction; (15) self-control is included in no agitation and no dispute; (16) calmness is included in renounce and eliminating the concept of mine;  [...]’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Alpeccha (अल्पेच्छ):—[from alpa] mfn. having little or moderate wishes, [Jaina literature]

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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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