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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

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”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: WikiPedia: Vajrayana

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: “[...]”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

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.

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