Asravakshaya, Āsravakṣaya: 2 definitions
Asravakshaya 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 Āsravakṣaya can be transliterated into English as Asravaksaya or Asravakshaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
1) Āsravakṣaya (आस्रवक्षय) or Āsravakṣayajñānabala refers to one of the “ten powers” (daśabala) of the Bodhisattva, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39. Accordingly, “by the power of the knowledge of the cessation of the impurities (āsravakṣaya-jñānabala), he distinguishes and evaluates the attaining of Nirvāṇa by beings”.
Also, “this is the power in the Buddha of the knowledge of destruction of the impurities (āsravakṣaya) and, since this knowledge is intact (avyāhata) and invincible (ajeya) in him, it is called the ‘tenth power’”.
2) Āsravakṣaya (आस्रवक्षय) or Āsravakṣayajñāna refers to the “knowledge of the destruction of the impurities” and represents one of the six “superknowledges” (abhijñā), according to chapter XLIII.—Accordingly, “the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes to become established in the six superknowledges [viz., Āsravakṣaya] should practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.
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)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Āsravakṣaya (आस्रवक्षय) or Āsravakṣayajñānabala refers to the “strength of knowing the destruction of the pollutants” and represents on of the ten Jñānabalas (“strength of knowledge”), as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 76). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., āsravakṣaya). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Preliminary note (3): The abhijñās in the Prajñāpāramitāsūtras < [Part 1 - Becoming established in the six superknowledges]
Part 5 - Why is the Buddha called Vidyācaraṇasaṃpanna (vidyā-caraṇa-saṃpanna) < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
I. The best of the ten powers < [Part 3 - Appendices to the ten powers]
A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms (by William Edward Soothill)