Apratihatarashmi, Apratihataraśmi, Apratihata-rashmi: 1 definition


Apratihatarashmi 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.

The Sanskrit term Apratihataraśmi can be transliterated into English as Apratihatarasmi or Apratihatarashmi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Apratihataraśmi (अप्रतिहतरश्मि) refers to the “(concentration of the) unobstructed rays of light (to all beings)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as Bodhisattva Gaganagañja explains to Bodhisattva Ratnaśrī what kind of concentration should be purified: “(1) Son of good family, the Bodhisattvas attain the concentration called ‘Pure intention of going to the seat of awakening without interruption’; (2) Son of good family, when the Bodhisattvas attain the concentration called ‘Unobstructed rays of light to all beings (sarvasatva-apratihataraśmi)’, they will transcend all violence of others because of protecting self and other; (3) [when the Bodhisattvas attain] the concentration called ‘Stainless’, their thoughts will be purified; [...]”.

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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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