Anupurvasamapatti, Anupūrvasamāpatti, Anupurva-samapatti: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Anupūrvasamāpatti (अनुपूर्वसमापत्ति) refers to the “ten spheres of totality”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32. The nine successive absorptions are the four dhyānas of the rūpadhātu, the four samāpattis of the ārūpya, plus the saṃjñāveditanirodhasamāpatti. Designated by the name anupūrvavihāra (Dīgha, Anguttara), anupūrvasamāpatti (Divya), anupūrvavihārasamāpatti (Saṃyutta, Anguttara, Pañcaviṃśati, Śatasāhasrikā, Vibhaṅga, Mahāvyutpatti), anupūrvasamādhisamāpatti (Dharmasaṃgraha),

Dīgha and Anguttara explain that these nine absorptions are acquired by nine successive cessations (nirodha) eliminating in turn:

  1. bad desires (kāma),
  2. investigation and analysis (vitarkavicāra),
  3. joy (prīti),
  4. inhalation and exhalation (āśvāsapraśvāsa) or indifference and happiness (upekṣāsukha),
  5. the concept of substance (rūpasaṃjñā),
  6. the notion of infinite space (ākāśānanatāyatana),
  7. the concept of infinite consciousness (vijñānānantyāyatana),
  8. the concept of nothing at all (ākiṃcanyāyatana),
  9. the concept of neither identification nor non-identification (naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñāyatana).

And finally, all concept (saṃjñā) and sensation (vedanā).

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Anupūrvasamāpatti (अनुपूर्वसमापत्ति).—(= Pali anupubba°), = anu- pūrva-vihāra-samāpatti: Divyāvadāna 95.21-22 navānup°; also anupūrva-samādhi-samāpatti, Dharmasaṃgraha 82.

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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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