Antagrahadrishti, Antagrāhadṛṣṭi, Antagraha-drishti: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Antagrāhadṛṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Antagrahadrsti or Antagrahadrishti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1) Antagrāhadṛṣṭi (अन्तग्राहदृष्टि) refers to the “view of believing in the extreme theories of eternalism or nihilism” and represents a type of dṛṣṭi (wrong view) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13. It is part of a classification of five types of dṛṣṭi.

2) Antagrāhadṛṣṭi (अन्तग्राहदृष्टि) refers to an “extremist view”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 48).—Accordingly, “Although [the view] of impermanence (anityatādṛṣṭi) is an extremist view (antagrāhadṛṣṭi), the Buddha utilizes impermanence in order to save beings. It is the same with the theory of a beginningless saṃsāra; even though it may be an extremist [view], the Buddha uses it to save beings. In order to save beings and inspire disgust [for saṃsāra] in them, the Buddha posits [a saṃsāra] ‘without beginning’ but it isn’t true. Why? Because if there were a saṃsāra without beginning, [the Prajñāpāramitāsūtra] would not be talking here about an ‘emptiness of things without beginning’”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Antagrahadrishti in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Antagrāhadṛṣṭi (अन्तग्राहदृष्टि) refers to “holding extreme views” and represents one of the “five views” (dṛṣṭi) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 68). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., antagrāha-dṛṣṭi). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Antagrāhadṛṣṭi (अन्तग्राहदृष्टि).—f. (Pali anta(g)gāhaka-diṭṭhi), the heresy of holding extreme views (see Critical Pali Dictionary): Mahāvyutpatti 1956; Dharmasaṃgraha 68; Gaṇḍavyūha 469.9; in Abhidharmakośa LaV-P. v. 17 f. paraphrased by dhruvoccheda(d°), belief in permanence or annihilation.

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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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