Kshayajnana, Kṣayajñāna, Kshaya-jnana: 2 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Kṣayajñāna can be transliterated into English as Ksayajnana or Kshayajnana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

1) Kṣayajñāna (क्षयज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of cessation” according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“What qualities must he have to attain in order to be called Buddha? Answer. He is called Buddha when he has acquired the knowledge of cessation (kṣaya-jñāna) and the knowledge of non-arising (anutpāda-jñāna)”.

Note: These two knowledges comprise bodhi: by means of the first, one knows in truth that the task has been accomplished; by means of the second, one knows that there is nothing further to be accomplished (Kośa VI, VII). But it should not be forgotten that there are three kinds of bodhi and that only the Buddha possesses anuttara-samyaksaṃbodhi.

2) Kṣayajñāna (क्षयज्ञान) or Āsravakṣayajñāna refers to the “knowledge of the path of cessation” and represents one of the eleven “eleven knowledges” (jñāna), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. Accordingly, “the knowledge of the cessation of the impurities (kṣayajñāna = āsravakṣayajñāna) is the pure knowledge produced by thinking: ‘suffering is completely known by me; the origin has been abandoned by me; cessation has been realized by me; the path has been practiced by me’; it is a wisdom (prajñā), a seeing (darśana), a knowing (vidyā), an understanding (buddhi)”.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Kṣayajñāna (क्षयज्ञान) or simply Kṣaya refers to the “knowledge of destruction” and represents the ninth of the “ten knowledges” (jñāna) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 93). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., kṣaya-jñāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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