Kshanekshana, Kṣaṇekṣaṇā, Kshane-kshana: 2 definitions


Kshanekshana 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.

The Sanskrit term Kṣaṇekṣaṇā can be transliterated into English as Ksaneksana or Kshanekshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Kṣanekṣaṇā (क्षनेक्षणा) refers to “(that which succeeds one another) from moment to moment”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[The eighteen āveṇika-dharmas (‘special attributes’)]— [...] (6). The Buddha has no unconsidered equanimity.—He has no unconsidered equanimity.—[...] Having full consciousness and full awareness from moment to moment of the duḥkha-, sukha- and aduḥkhāsukha-vedanā succeeding one another from moment to moment (kṣanekṣaṇā) and not ignoring the mental events (caitasika-dharma) following one another from moment to moment. [This is the way of being conscious of the Buddha.] This is why it is said that he has no unconsidered indifference.. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kṣaṇekṣaṇā (क्षणेक्षणा).—adv. (? perhaps for °ṇāc = °ṇāt, before c-) moment by moment, from moment to moment: Lalitavistara 321.5 (prose) kāścid (daughters of Māra) avaguṇṭhikayā (? see this) vadanāni chādayanti sma, kṣaṇe-kṣaṇā copadar- śayanti sma. So Lefm. with best mss., supported by Weller's ms. 1; Calcutta (see LV.) with some mss. kṣaṇena.

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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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