Anabhisamskara, Anabhisaṃskāra, An-abhisamskara: 4 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Anabhisaṃskāra (अनभिसंस्कार) refers to the “non-action” (characteristic of dharmas), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]—[...] (10) He has no loss of wisdom.—As the Buddha has obtained all these wisdoms (prajñā), he has no loss of wisdom; as his wisdom of the three times is unobstructed, he has no loss of wisdom. [...] Furthermore, his wisdom really understands the [true] nature of dharmas, non-arising, non-cessation, non-defilement, non-purification, non-action (anabhisaṃskāra), non-functioning. He makes no distinction between true knowledge and false knowledge He knows that the dharmas are identical and equally pure, without defilement and without stain like space. Disregarding all duality, he acquires the [true] nature of the Dharma, i.e., entry into non-duality. This entry into non-duality, characteristic of the Dharma, is immense and infinite. This is why he has no loss of wisdom. For various reasons of this kind, the Buddha has no loss of wisdom”.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Anabhisaṃskāra (अनभिसंस्कार) refers to “that which is unconditioned”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly as The Lord said: “Śāriputra, the Tathāgata Ekaratnavyūha, seating in the lion’s throne thus, explained the dharma-seal called Gaganapariśuddhi to these Bodhisattvas, which has thirty-two aspects of entrance. What is this Dharma-seal (dharmamudrā) called Gaganapariśuddhi which has thirty-two aspects of entrance? [...] 24) all dharmas never turn back since their essence has the characteristic of an illusion (māyālakṣaṇa-svabhāva); 25) all dharmas are like an illusion since they have no proper nature (niḥsvabhāva); 26) all dharmas have no proper nature since their essential characteristics are unconditioned (anabhisaṃskāra-lakṣaṇa); 27) all dharmas are unconditioned because of being detached from mind and body; [...]”.

Source: WikiPedia: Mahayana Buddhism

Anabhisamskāra (अनभिसम्स्कार) (Tibetan: ’du mi-byed-pa) refers to “non-application” and represents one of the “five faults” (ādīnava), connected with śamatha (“access concentration”), according to Kamalaśīla and the Śrāvakabhūmi section of the Yogācārabhūmi-śāstra.

Note: Anabhisaṃskāra is applied as an antidote for Abhisaṃskāra (“over-application”), while Abhisaṃskāra in turn is applied as an antidote for Anabhisamskāra (“non-application”).—Cf. Pratipakṣa (“applications”) or Abhisaṃskāra (“applications”).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Anabhisaṃskāra (अनभिसंस्कार).—(an-abhisaṃskāra), neg. of abhi° (1) (m.,) non- accumulation (of karman), as Karmadhāraya, Gaṇḍavyūha 70.7, see s.v. vipratilambha; generally as bahuvrīhi, adj., having or characterized by no accumulation (of karman): Lalitavistara 422.21 (-cakram, of the dharmacakra); Mahāvyutpatti 173 (°rāḥ sarvadhar- māḥ); 799; Śikṣāsamuccaya 190.16; Lalitavistara 428.10 sarvaprasthānāliptatvād anabhisaṃskāragocara ity ucyate (tathāgataḥ), he is out of range of the accumulation (of karman), because he is un- stained by any setting-out (to do or get anything); anabhi- saṃskāragatir bodhisattvānām Gaṇḍavyūha 525.10, the course of B's is free from accumulation (of karman); (2) adj., without proper mental preparation: Mahāvyutpatti 1018 °ra-parinirvāyī (con- trast sābhi° pari° 1017).

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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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