Anupalambha: 4 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Anupalambha (अनुपलम्भ) or Anupalambhaśūnyatā refers to the “emptiness of non-perception”, representing one of the sixteen or eighteen emptinesses (śūnyatā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLVIII. Accordingly, “what is the emptiness of non-perception (anupalambhaśūnyatā)? It is that where neither the past nor the future nor the duration of the present are perceived. Non-perception is empty of non-perception because it is neither eternal nor transitory. Why? Because such is its essence. That is called: emptiness of non-perception (anupalambha-śūnyatā)”.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anupalambha (अनुपलम्भ).—Want of apprehension; non-perception.

Derivable forms: anupalambhaḥ (अनुपलम्भः).

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

Anupalambha (अनुपलम्भ).—m.c. also anopa°, m., or adj. ([bahuvrīhi]), inconceivability; inconceivable (see s.v. upalambha); often substantially non-reality or without reality: °bha-dharma- kṣānti Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 12.2; opposed to the heresy (dṛṣṭi) of upa- lambha; anopalambha dharma śrutva kāṅkṣa nāsya vidyate, niḥsattva eti sattvadharma nātra ātma vidyate Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 12.10; °bha-śūnyatā Mahāvyutpatti 948, emptiness that consists in inconceivability (unreality, of everything); śūnyatānu- palambheṣu dharmeṣu Kāśyapa Parivarta 97.3, in regard to states of being which because of voidness (so Tibetan, stoṅ pa ñid kyis) are inconceivable (unreal); śūnyatānupalambhā(ṃ)ś (here noun, Tatpur.) ca dharmeṣu śrutvā Kāśyapa Parivarta 123.6; of dharma as the ‘law’ preached by the Buddha, śūnyatānupalambhas, in- conceivable because of voidness Lalitavistara 395.22 and (Lefm.) 392.16 (here most mss. °tānupacchedaḥ, also interpretable); anupalambha-vihāra-vihāriṇāṃ Gaṇḍavyūha 471.8 (parallel: niḥpra- pañca-vih°); anupalambha-yogena bhāvayati Mahāvyutpatti 971 (opp. of upalambha-yogena, s.v. upalambha); anopalam- bhaṃ āryāṇa gotraṃ Kāśyapa Parivarta 137.11 (verse).

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

Anupalambha (अनुपलम्भ):—[=an-upalambha] [from an-upalabdha] m. non-perception.

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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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