Mahabhijnajnana, Mahābhijñājñāna, Mahabhijna-jnana: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahabhijnajnana in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mahābhijñājñāna (महाभिज्ञाज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of the great supernormal knowledges”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] Since this Bodhisattva Gaganagañja paid homage and respect to the Awakened Lords as numerous as the grains of sand in the river Gaṅgā, Śāriputra, his thought of awakening was purified; [...] by purifying unhindered thoughts and unobstructed rays of light to all beings as numerous as the grains of sand in the river Gaṅgā, great friendliness was purified; thereby great compassion, great delight, great equanimity, and the knowledge of the great supernormal knowledges (mahābhijñājñāna) were purified; [...]”.

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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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