Kleshavasana, Kleśavāsanā, Klesha-vasana: 1 definition



Kleshavasana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Kleśavāsanā can be transliterated into English as Klesavasana or Kleshavasana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Kleśavāsanā (क्लेशवासना):—Anantavarman, a commentator on the Mahāvibhāṣā, defined the kleśavāsanā in these words: “In every śrāvaka who previously was subject to an emotion, a special potentiality is created by this emotion in his mind which is the cause of a distortion in his physical and vocal conduct: this potentiality is called ‘trace’ (vāsanā). The trace is a mind of a special kind, morally undefined (avyākṛta)

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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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