Ekavicika, Ekavīcika, Eka-vicika: 2 definitions


Ekavicika 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Ekavichika.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Ekavīcika (एकवीचिक) in Sanskrit or Ekabījin in Pali refers to one of the eighteen śaikṣa types of the twenty-seven total classes of individuals (pudgala), as mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36. In contrast to the Pṛthagjana ‘the worldly’, the Āryas who have entered onto the Path (mārga) and who make up the holy Community (saṃgha), are arranged into various groups. Ekavīcika is one that is “separated from Nirvāṇa by one rebirth”.

The list of the twenty-seven individuals [viz., Ekavīcika] is one of the masterpieces of the Sarvāstivādin-Vaibhaṣika Abhidharma which, with the help of the canonical sources, has located them precisely along the Path to Nirvāṇa. (cf. Vibhāṣā, Saṃyuktābhidharmasāra and Abhidharmāmṛta). The Prajñāpāramitās have used the preceding sources broadly to establish their twenty categories of saints, but the end-point of the career is no longer the entry into Nirvāṇa but the arrival at the state of Buddha by the conquest of Anuttarasaṃyaksaṃbodhi.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ekavicika in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ekavīcika (एकवीचिक).—m. (corruption of Pali ekabīji(n) plus ka), one who has only one more rebirth before him: Dharmasaṃgraha 103; Mahāvyutpatti 1013 = Tibetan bar chad gcig pa, one hindrance, obstruc- tion, interruption. One of the stages of a śrāvaka; context same as that of Aṅguttaranikāya (Pali) i.233.17 ekabījī hoti, ekaṃ yeva mānussakaṃ bhavaṃ nibbattetvā dukkhassa antaṃ karoti.Cf. kulaṃkula.

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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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