Antarabhava, Antarābhava: 4 definitions
Antarabhava 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Antarābhava (अन्तराभव) refers to “intermediate existence” representing a stage of reincarnation and conception according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“According to some, at the moment of reincarnation (pratisaṃdhi), all beings have a disturbed mind; but since the Bodhisattva has no loss of mindfulness, it is said that he enters his mother’s womb with an undisturbed mind. When he is in the intermediate existence (antarābhava), he knows that he is in the intermediate existence”.
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.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Antarābhava (अन्तराभव) (Tibetan: བར་དོ, bardo, Wylie: bar do) refers to the “Yoga of the intermediate state” (i.e., ‘an intervening state between death and rebirth’) and represents one of Nāropa’s Six Dharmas (ṣaḍdharma) in Tibetan Buddhist Tantric practices .—Tsongkhapa's commentary states that bardo yoga relies on the yogi's previous practice of tummo, radiance, illusory body and dream Yoga. After all, the experiences of illusory body and clear light in waking and in sleep states is similar to the experiences in the post-mortem bardo. Thus, when death comes, one applies the same principles one used to attain the yoga of radiance/clear light in sleep: “[...]”.
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
Languages of India and abroad
Antarābhava (अन्तराभव).—m. (= Pali and Sanskrit Lex. id.), inter- mediate state of existence (between death and rebirth; in standard Pali rejected as a heresy, see antarāpari- nirvāyin): Mahāvyutpatti 7680; Bodhisattvabhūmi 390.19 ff. (discussion); Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 160.5; 177.4; 370.14. See Mūla-madhyamaka-kārikā p. 286 note 1, and next; Abhidharmakośa LaV—P. Index s.v.; Asaṅga (Mahāyāna-sūtrālaṃkāra) xviii.84—88, commentary
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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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Bhava, Antara.
Starts with: Antarabhavadeha, Antarabhavana, Antarabhavasattva.
Ends with: Kantarabhava.
Full-text: Antarabhavasattva, Antarabhavadeha, Antarabhavika, Bardo, Antaraparinirvayin, Saddharma.
Search found 10 books and stories containing Antarabhava, Antarābhava, Antara-bhava, Antarā-bhava; (plurals include: Antarabhavas, Antarābhavas, bhavas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Tattvartha Sutra (with commentary) (by Vijay K. Jain)
Verse 1.8 - Further means of ascertaining knowledge (of seven categories) < [Chapter 1 - Right Faith and Knowledge]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
5. The four ‘vilokanas’ and the entry into the womb < [Part 4 - The Bodhisattva in the Abhidharma system]
2. Debate with the Personalist < [Part 13 - Non-existence of the donor]
Bodhisattva quality 2: the three concentrations (samādhi) < [Chapter X - The Qualities of the Bodhisattvas]
Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po) (by George N. Roerich)
Chapter 16b - 'Jam dbyangs mgon po < [Book 8 - The famous Dakpo Kagyü (traditions)]
Chapter 2 - The spread of explanations of Yoginī Tantras < [Book 4 - New Traditions of Secret Mantra]
The Buddha and His Teachings (by Narada Thera)
Buddhacarita (by Charles Willemen)
Chapter XXVII - The Eulogy of Nirvana < [Fascicle Five]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 10 - The Schools of Theravada Buddhism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]