Anupashyana, aka: Anupaśyanā; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Anupaśyanā can be transliterated into English as Anupasyana or Anupashyana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Anupaśyanā (अनुपश्यना, “contemplations”) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XVI).—

Among ordinary people (pṛthagjana), there are three kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā). To try to escape from desire (kāma) and form (rūpa), they contemplate the coarseness (pāruṣya), deceitfulness (vañcana) and corruption (kaṣāya) of the desire realm (kāmadhātu) and the form realm (rūpadhātu).

Among the Buddha’s disciples, there are eight kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā): for them, everything is impermanent (anitya), suffering (duḥkha), empty (śūnya), egoless (anātmaka), like a sickness (roga), an ulcer (gaṇḍa), like an arrow (śalya) stuck in one’s body, like an agony (agha).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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