Kaniyabhratri, Kaniyas-bhratri, Kanīyabhrātṛ: 1 definition

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The Sanskrit term Kanīyabhrātṛ can be transliterated into English as Kaniyabhratr or Kaniyabhratri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Kanīyabhrātṛ (कनीयभ्रातृ, “younger brother”).—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), “all beings obtained the mind of equanimity (samacitta) by thinking of one another with the feelings one would feel (for example) for one’s younger brother (kanīyabhrātṛ)”.

In the course of innumerable generations, all beings have been one’s younger brother (kanīyabhrātṛ), father, mother, elder brother, elder sister, younger sister and relative. Furthermore, according to the true nature (satyalakṣaṇa) of dharmas, there is no father or mother, no elder or younger brother; but people who are submerged in the error of self believe in their existence and thus there is the question of father and mother, elder and younger brother. Therefore it is not a lie when, by virtue of a wholesome mind (kuśalacitta), we consider one another with the feelings we would feel (for example) for an younger brother (kanīya-bhrātṛ).

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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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