Buddhajnana, Buddhajñāna: 7 definitions


Buddhajnana 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»] — Buddhajnana in Mahayana glossary
Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Buddhajñāna (बुद्धज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of the Buddha”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘[...] (82) The dharma is taught in order to purify the five kinds of sight, to illuminate the five kinds of abilities, to eliminate the five states of existence, and to makes the five aggregates disappear. (83) It is not dependent on this side nor that side, but established in the realm of the dharma (dharmadhātu), same as the sameness of the sky (antarīkṣa), and it exalts a being in accordance with the knowledge of the Buddha (buddhajñāna). [...]’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Buddhajñāna (बुद्धज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of the Buddha”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [after hostile Nāgas released winds, thunderbolts, etc.] “[...] Beings experience great and severe suffering. Listen, O Nāgas, there is the evident empowerment of the Tathāgata’s miracles. Behold the deep knowledge of the Buddha (buddhajñāna), the power of the Tathāgata, the empowerment of special merit”.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Buddhajñāna (बुद्धज्ञान) refers to “Buddha knowledge”, according to the Ṭīkā Pot Worship [i.e., Kalaśapūjā] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Rising out across the circle, that kindles the wind, of a hundred shining suns, A burning triad, infatuating the three worlds, an overflowing stream of nectar, Giving her own abundant bliss, having the pure essence of Buddha knowledge (buddhajñāna-rasānvitā), Free from traversing existence and non-existence, beloved sow, drink to you”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Buddhajnana in Buddhism glossary
Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Buddhajnana (100-180 CE) was the disciple of Haribhadra. He became the Vajracharya of Vikramasila Vihara after the death of Haribhadra. Thus, Haribhadra was the first Vajracharya (head) of Vikramasila Vihara. Prasantamitra, Rahulabhadra, Buddhaguhya and Buddhashanti were the disciples of Buddhajnana.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Buddhajñāna (बुद्धज्ञान):—[=buddha-jñāna] [from buddha > budh] n. B°’s knowledge, [ib.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Buddhajnana in German

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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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