Anutpadajnana, Anutpādajñāna, Anutpada-jnana: 2 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1) Anutpādajñāna (अनुत्पादज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of non-arising” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“What qualities must he have to attain in order to be called Buddha? Answer. He is called Buddha when he has acquired the knowledge of cessation (kṣaya-jñāna) and the knowledge of non-arising (anutpāda-jñāna)”.

Note: These two knowledges comprise bodhi: by means of the first, one knows in truth that the task has been accomplished; by means of the second, one knows that there is nothing further to be accomplished (Kośa VI, VII). But it should not be forgotten that there are three kinds of bodhi and that only the Buddha possesses anuttara-samyaksaṃbodhi.

2) Anutpādajñāna (अनुत्पादज्ञान) or Kṣayajñāna refers to the “knowledge of the non-rearising of the impurities” and represents one of the eleven “eleven knowledges” (jñāna), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. Accordingly, “the knowledge of the non-rearising of the impurities (anutpādajñāna) is the pure knowledge produced by thinking: ‘the suffering completely known by me is no longer to be known; the origin abandoned by me is no longer to be abandoned; the cessation realized by me is no longer to be realized; the path practiced by me is no longer to be practiced’: it is a wisdom (prajñā), a seeing (darśana), a knowing (vidyā), an understanding (buddhi)”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Anutpadajnana in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Anutpādajñāna (अनुत्पादज्ञान) or simply Anutpāda refers to the “and knowledge of non-production” and represents the tenth of the “ten knowledges” (jñāna) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 93). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., anutpāda-jñāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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