Apranihita, aka: Apraṇihita; 3 Definition(s)


Apranihita means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Apraṇihita (अप्रणिहित, “wishlessness”) or Apraṇihitasamādhi refers to a type of Samādhi, representing a set of “three concentrations” acquired by the Bodhisattvas, according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X.

a) Some say: apraṇihita is, within the śūnyatā-samādhi, not producing the three poisons (triviṣa, namely, passion, aggression and ignorance) in the future.

b) Others say: When one knows this emptiness, there is apraṇidhāna. What is apraṇidhāna? It is not considering dharmas to be empty (śūnya) or non-empty (aśūnya), existent (sat) or non-existent (asat), etc.

c) Furthermore: apraṇihita-samādhi is not searching for any kind of bhāva or existence.

(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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

Apraṇihita (अप्रणिहित, “desireless”) or refers to one of the “three liberations” (vimokṣa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 73). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., apraṇihita). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Apraṇihita (अप्रणिहित, “wishlenesses”) refers to one of the three samādhis (concentrations) or vimokṣa-mukha (three gates to deliverance).—Apraṇihita was regularly translated in two different ways: wu yuan 無願 (“non-wishing”), and wu zuo 無作 (“non-arising”) translations that reflect two slightly different interpretations of the word.

(Source): eScholarship: Meditation, Repentance, and Visionary Experience in Early Medieval Chinese Buddhism

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