Animitta, Ānimitta: 8 definitions

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Animitta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Animitta (अनिमित्त).—Not serving as a cause, not possessing a causal relation; e. g. संनिपातलक्षणे विधिरनिमित्तं तद्विघातस्य (saṃnipātalakṣaṇe vidhiranimittaṃ tadvighātasya) Par. Śek. Pari. 85. See also M. Bh. on I.1.39.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ānimitta (आनिमित्त, “signlessness”) or Ānimittasamādhi refers to a type of Samādhi, representing a set of “three concentrations” acquired by the Bodhisattvas, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X.

a) Some say: Ānimitta has for its object the Dharma free of the following ten marks: a) the five dusts (rajas, namely, color, sound, smell, taste and touch); b) male and female; c) arising (utpāda), continuance (sthiti), cessation (bhaṅga).

b) Others say: All dharmas are free of marks (animitta). Not accepting them, not adhering to them is ānimitta-samādhi.

c) Furthermore: ānimitta-samādhi is suppressing all the marks of the Dharmas (sarvadharma-nimitta) and not paying attention to them (amanasikāra).

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Animitta (अनिमित्त, “signless”) or refers to one of the “three liberations” (vimokṣa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 73). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., animitta). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Animitta (अनिमित्त).—a

1) , Causeless, groundless; casual, incidental; आलक्ष्यदन्तमुकुलाननिमित्तहासैः (ālakṣyadantamukulānanimittahāsaiḥ) Ś.7.17; °त्तं मित्रम् (ttaṃ mitram) disinterested, Dk.25; °उत्कण्ठा (utkaṇṭhā) M.3.9.

-ttam Absence of an adequate cause or occasion, causelessness, groundlessness.

2) A bad omen, ill-omen; चारुदत्तस्यैव दर्शनमनिमित्तं प्रमार्जयिष्यति (cārudattasyaiva darśanamanimittaṃ pramārjayiṣyati) Mk.6; ममानिमित्तानि हि खेदयन्ति (mamānimittāni hi khedayanti) 9.1; शमनार्थम् अनिमित्तस्य (śamanārtham animittasya) Ve.2.3.

3) Not a valid means of knowledge अनिमित्तं विद्यमानोपलम्भनात् (animittaṃ vidyamānopalambhanāt) MS.1.1.4. -adv.,

-°taḥ Groundlessly, causelessly, without any adequate cause; अनिमित्तमिन्दु- वदने किमत्रभवतः पराङ्मुखीभवसि (animittamindu- vadane kimatrabhavataḥ parāṅmukhībhavasi) M.1.18; अनातुरः स्वानि रवानि न स्पृशेदनिमित्ततः (anāturaḥ svāni ravāni na spṛśedanimittataḥ) Ms.4.144.

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

Ānimitta (आनिमित्त).—adj. and subst. nt. (from Sanskrit animitta plus suffix -a), causeless(ness); usually parallel with śūnyatā and apraṇihita, qq.v.; as in the case of apra- ṇihita, it is often hard to be sure whether adj. or subst. is intended, but sometimes certainly the latter; sometimes preceded by śūnyatā in composition so that an- or ān- would be equally possible, see śūnyatā; clearly subst. nt. Daśabhūmikasūtra.g. 29(55).6 bhavate idam ānimittaṃ; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 204.12 (nāpi) ānimittaṃ pravartate; 256.13 na ca…ānimittaṃ vā apraṇihitaṃ vā anabhisaṃskāro vā (and other noms. masc.)…lujyate; Bodhisattvabhūmi 317.3 dve ānimitte (the only noun which could be understood is vihāra, masc.); more or less clearly adj. Bodhisattvabhūmi 276.10 ānimittaḥ samādhiḥ (in 2 śūnyatā-samādhiḥ, 5 apraṇihitaḥ sa°); Kāśyapa Parivarta 125.3 śūnyatā ānimittā apraṇihitāś (all seemingly acc. pl.!) ca dharmāṃ śrutvā; other cases, Lalitavistara 428.9 ānimitta-viḥārī; Kāśyapa Parivarta 94.4 (prose) °tta (read °ttaṃ? probably subst.) cikitsā; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 274.4 yogī ānimitta-pratiṣṭhitaḥ; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 298.6 °tta-gatikā(ḥ) …sarvadharmās (compare parallel 5 śūnyatā-gatikā); Daśabhūmikasūtra.g. 29(55).14 °tta-varadaṃ; śūnyatam…ānimittaṃ (corr. °ttāṃ, which would make the form adj.) Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 16.13 (see s.v. adhimukta).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Animitta (अनिमित्त).—[adjective] having no cause, motive, or design; [neuter] no cause etc., also = durnimitta; tas without reason.

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

1) Animitta (अनिमित्त):—[=a-nimitta] mf(ā)n. having no adequate occasion, causeless, groundless

2) [v.s. ...] n. absence of an adequate cause or occasion, groundlessness.

3) [from a-nimitta] n. a bad omen, [Mṛcchakaṭikā]

4) [v.s. ...] m. ([scilicet] vimokṣa) unconditioned salvation (with Buddhists one of the three kinds of s°), [Dharmasaṃgraha 73]

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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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