Buddhacakshus, Buddhacakṣus, Buddha-cakshus: 4 definitions


Buddhacakshus 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.

The Sanskrit term Buddhacakṣus can be transliterated into English as Buddhacaksus or Buddhacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Buddhachakshus.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Buddhacakṣus (बुद्धचक्षुस्) refers to the “buddha-eye” and represents one of the five visual powers (cakṣus) attributed to the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). The Buddha-eye (buddhacakṣus) is the direct insight (pratyakṣāvagama) into all dharmas.

According to chapter 50, “[...] the Dharma eye (dharmacakṣus) cannot know the means appropriate to save beings everywhere; this is why the Bodhisattva seeks the Buddha eye (buddhacakṣus). There is nothing that this Buddha eye is unaware of; there is no mystery however secret it may be that it cannot discover. What is distant for other people is close for the Buddha; what is obscure for others is clear for the Buddha; what is doubtful for others is clear for the Buddha; what is subtle (sūkṣma) for others is coarse (audārika) for the Buddha; what is deep for others is shallow for the Buddha. By means of this Buddha eye, there is nothing that is not understood, seen, known, felt. Free of thinking (manasikāra), the Buddha eye (buddhacakṣus) is always clear on all dharmas”.

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

Buddhacakṣus (बुद्धचक्षुस्) refers to the “sight of the Buddha”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “What then, son of good family, is the recollection of gods (devānusmṛti), which is authorized by the Lord for Bodhisattvas? [...] Further, the Bodhisattvas who are hindered by only one birth, and who dwell in the Tuṣita Heaven recollect ten qualities as the summit What are those ten qualities? [...] (6) the way into unattached knowledge [as the summit] of all knowledges; (7) the knowledge of understanding superior, mediocre, and inferior [as the summit] of all his faculties; (8) following the knowledge of light [as the summit] of power and fearlessness; (9) the sight of the Buddha (buddhacakṣus), seeing all qualities of the Buddha as being in the palm of his hand, [as the summit] of all kinds of sights; (10) the perfect awakening through insight associated with a moment of thought [as the summit] after sitting on the place of awakening. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Buddhacakshus in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Buddhacakṣus (बुद्धचक्षुस्) or simply Buddha refers to the ”Buddha eye“ and represents one the “five eyes” (cakṣus) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., buddha-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Buddhacakshus in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Buddhacakṣus (बुद्धचक्षुस्):—[=buddha-cakṣus] [from buddha > budh] n., ‘B°’s eye’, Name of one of the 5 sorts of vision, [Dharmasaṃgraha 66.]

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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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