Anupashyana, aka: Anupaśyanā; 2 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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Languages of India and abroad

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Anupaśyanā (अनुपश्यना).—(= Pali °passanā), viewing, considera- [Page030-a+ 71] tion: Śikṣ 232.7; 236.13; KP 95.2 ff.; Bbh 259.21 ff.; in all these in statements of the smṛtyupasthāna, q.v.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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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Kashaya
Kaṣāya (कषाय).—mfn. (-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) 1. Astringent. 2. Fragrant. 3. Red, dull red. 4. Brown, of a ...
Ganda
Gaṇḍa (गण्ड) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Gaṇḍī forms one o...
Shalya
Śalya (शल्य).—mn. (-lyaḥ-lyaṃ) A dart, a jevelin. n. (-lyaṃ) 1. A bamboo rod or stake. 2. Any s...
Agha
Agha (अघ).—n. (-ghaṃ) 1. Sin. 2. Pain. 3. Passion. m. (-ghaḥ) Name of a demon; the general name...
Duhkha
Duḥkhā (दुःखा) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Duḥkhacinta for...
Roga
Roga (रोग) refers to “ailments”, which one is able to drive away (uccāṭa) through the worship o...
Shunya
Śunya (शुन्य).—mfn. (-nyaḥ-nyā-nyaṃ) Empty, void. n. (-nyaṃ) 1. A number of dogs. 2. A eipher. ...
Vancana
Vañcana (वञ्चन, “deceitfulness”) refers to one of the three kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā...
Anitya
Anitya (अनित्य).—mfn. (-tyaḥ-tyā-tyaṃ) 1. Transient, not everlasting. 2. Occasional, incidental...
Parushya
Pāruṣya (पारुष्य) refers to “assault”, according to the Manusmṛti 7.50. Accordingly, “[...] tal...
Samyakpradhana
Samyakpradhāna (सम्यक्प्रधान) or Samyak-prahāṇa.—see the second members.
Anatmaka
Anātmaka (अनात्मक, “egoless”) refers to one of the eight kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā) a...
Anudarsha
Anudarśa (अनुदर्श).—(? v.l. °śī, i.e., n. sg. of °śin), viewing, consideration, in kāyānu°-smṛt...

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