Aparayana, Aparāyaṇa, A-parayana: 2 definitions
Aparayana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture
Aparāyaṇa (अपरायण) refers to “being deprived of a last resort”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [After Viṣṇudatta attempted to enchant a Nāga]: “[...] The Nāga in great pain threw a great fire rain shower upon the Brahmin’s body enveloping it. The Brahmin discontinued the fire oblation, became defenceless (atrāṇa), deprived of a refuge (aśaraṇa) and last resort (aparāyaṇa) and there was nobody to save him. He started to cry out seeking refuge, defence and a last resort at the Bhagavān. [...]”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Aparāyaṇa (अपरायण):—[=a-parāyaṇa] [from apara] mf(ā)n. having no refuge, [Kāraṇḍa-vyūha]
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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Ends with (+21): Ajnaparayana, Ananyaparayana, Arthaparayana, Brahmaparayana, Daivaparayana, Dandaparayana, Dhanurvedaparayana, Dharmaparayana, Dhyanaparayana, Japaparayana, Jatharaparayana, Kautukaparayana, Kolahalaparayana, Mancaparayana, Mantraparayana, Mohaparayana, Mokshaparayana, Nakulishayogaparayana, Namaparayana, Palayanaparayana.
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