Avivartya: 2 definitions


Avivartya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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

Avivartya (अविवर्त्य) refers to “without regressing” and represents one of the ten Bodhisattva vyavasthānas, according to the Avataṃsaka in the chapter on the bodhisattva-daśavyavasthāna, as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 52. Avivartya-vyavasthāna is also known as pou t’ouei. The Sanskrit names of these ten abodes are given by the Gaṇḍhavyūha.

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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»] — Avivartya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Avivartya (अविवर्त्य) or Avivartika.—q.v.; see also avaivartika: of Bodhisattvas Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 32.11; 90.8 (v.l. avaiv°, unmetrical(ly)); 93.2; Mahāvastu i.83.12 (prose); probably also Bodhisattvas are meant in Śikṣāsamuccaya 3.16, 17; °ka-tā, state of being…, Mahāvastu i.101.2 °katāye (instr. or loc. sg.; of Bodhisattvas).

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Avivartya (अविवर्त्य).—(= °tiya, °tika, °ta; for other forms of same meaning see under anivart(i)ya, avinivartya, avaivar- tika; Pali has only forms of anivatt-), not liable to turning back: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 149.13 -(dharma-)cakra; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 10.10 bodhimārga- avivartya-mānasā (so mss.; as one word, with minds that are not to be turned back on the path of enlightenment); Gaṇḍavyūha 104.10 °tyāḥ; avivartyāpratyudāvartya- Gaṇḍavyūha 246.20; Daśabhūmikasūtra 19.17; jñānāvivartya-tvāt Daśabhūmikasūtra 71.12.

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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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