Indriyaparapara, Indriyaparāpara, Indriya-parapara: 1 definition

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Indriyaparāpara (इन्द्रियपरापर) or Indriyaparāparajñānabala refers to one of the “ten powers” (daśabala) of the Bodhisattva, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39. Accordingly, “by the power of the knowledge of the moral faculties (indriyaparāpara-jñānabala), he distinguishes and evaluates the degree of peoples’ strength of knowledge”.

Also, “the Buddha knows fully and completely (prajānāti) all these various degrees of the faculties of beings (indriyaparāpara) and since this knowledge is intact (avyāhata) in him and invincible (ajeya), it is called the fourth ‘power’”.

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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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