Jnanaprasthana-shastra, Jñānaprasthāna-śāstra: 2 definitions


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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Jñānaprasthānam; sanskrit Abhidharma work by Kātyāyaīputra.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Composed originally in Sanskrit by Kātyāyanīputra, the Jñānaprasthāna-śāstra is one of the seven Sarvastivada Abhidharma Buddhist scriptures. Jñānaprasthāna means "establishment of knowledge"

The tradition of the Mahāvibhāṣa states that it was taught by the Buddha himself, but differs as to the circumstances. It was later Kātyayanīputra who was responsible for the compilation thereof.

The outline of the text more closely approximates that earliest of models, the Sāriputra Abhidharma, than those specifically Sarvāstivāda treatises. This is evidenced in its use of the samyojanas, prajna, karma, indriya, mahabhuta, dhyana and drsti as main divisions. A similar system is later continued through into the Kośa, and Hṛdaya texts. Prior to this is a division of "assorted issues". The analysis is of three main types, according to Yinshun:

  1. Analysis of the sutras themselves;
  2. Analysis of the nature, or characteristics, of individual dharmas;
  3. Analysis of the relationship between various dharmas.

The influence of the Jñānaprasthāna is seen strongly in the Vibhāṣa, and this influenced the subsequent Hṛdaya texts, and also the Kośa and commentaries.

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