Aupanayika, Aupanāyika: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Aupanayika (औपनयिक) in Sanskrit or Opanayika in Pali refers to a quality of the Dharma associated with the “recollection of the Dharma” (dharmānusmṛti), representing one of the Anusmṛti (eight recollections), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “the Dharma leads to the good place (aupanayika). The thirty-seven pure auxiliaries of Bodhi lead (upanayanti) a person to Nirvāṇa. Thus, when one sets sail on the Ganges, one necessarily reaches the great ocean. The outside heretical systems (anyatīrthika) which the Omniscient One (sarvajñā) did not preach that are full of wrong views (mithyadṛṣṭi) lead to the bad places or, if they sometimes lead to the heavens (svarga), one falls back from them and suffers. Not being eternal, these heavens are not ‘the good place’”.

Moreover, in the complex of causes and conditions, there is neither agent (kāraka) nor leader (upanetṛ) who exercises control (vaśita) over the causes and conditions on which the retribution depends.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Aupanayika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aupanāyika (औपनायिक).—a. Belonging to, or serving for an offering.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Aupanayika (औपनयिक).—adj. (= Pali opa°; epithet of Buddha's dhamma; from Sanskrit upanaya plus -ika; compare next), con- [Page162-b+ 71] ducive (to the desired religious end), epithet of dharma- vinaya: Mahāvastu iii.200.10 (see s.v. ehipaśyika).

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Aupanāyika (औपनायिक).—adj., = prec. (in same formula): Mahāvyutpatti 1295. (So also Mironov.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aupanāyika (औपनायिक):—mfn. ([from] upa-nāya), belonging to or serving for an offering, [Harivaṃśa]

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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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