Asravakshayajnana, Āsravakṣayajñāna, Asravakshaya-jnana: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Āsravakṣayajñāna can be transliterated into English as Asravaksayajnana or Asravakshayajnana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

1) Āsravakṣayajñāna (आस्रवक्षयज्ञान) or Kṣayajñāna refers to the “knowledge of the path of cessation” and represents one of the eleven “eleven knowledges” (jñāna), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. Accordingly, “the knowledge of the cessation of the impurities (kṣayajñāna = āsravakṣayajñāna) is the pure knowledge produced by thinking: ‘suffering is completely known by me; the origin has been abandoned by me; cessation has been realized by me; the path has been practiced by me’; it is a wisdom (prajñā), a seeing (darśana), a knowing (vidyā), an understanding (buddhi)”.

2) Āsravakṣayajñāna (आस्रवक्षयज्ञान) or simply Āsravakṣaya 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., Āsravakṣayajñāna] should practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.

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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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