Manyana, Manyanā: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Manyanā (मन्यना) refers to “conceited thoughts”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘[...] (49) With the basis of morality, they reflect on verses (pāda) supporting liberation. Thus they remain in the way of happiness and liberation as adorned with morality. (50) They are beyond distraction (vikṣepa) and conceited thoughts (manyanā) by cutting off the afflicted view, and they attain the ultimate perfection after having spread friendliness just as the expense of the sky. (51) Never having abandoned the certainty of reaching awakening (bodhi), they never make false discrimination of awakening. The wise people who are content in that way attain the perfection of the morality’”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Manyanā (मन्यना).—chiefly m.c. (= Pali maññanā; compare next; to manyate plus -anā), (1) conceit in the sense of vain, illusory imagining, Tibetan ṅor sems, in Suzuki's Index [Page419-b+ 71] to Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra; (2) conceit in the sense of pride, Tibetan rlom(s) sems, so rendered in Mahāvyutpatti, Śikṣāsamuccaya, and Kāśyapa Parivarta below. The two mgs. cannot always be distinguished with certainty but (1) is doubtless regularly meant when the word is asso- ciated with iñjana, °nā, or iñjita, qq.v. for passages like Gaṇḍavyūha 128.6; 253.14; Daśabhūmikasūtra 64.13; so in Lalitavistara 259.9 (verse) where read na ceñjanaṃ nāpi manyana-(m.c. for °nā)- pracāraṃ (Lefm. manyena, metrical(ly) impossible), and probably in Kāśyapa Parivarta 136.8 (verse) iñjanā-manyana-, tho Tibetan here rlom sems, pride; probably in Gaṇḍavyūha 199.20 sarva-manyanā-samudghā- titasya bodhisattva-vimokṣasya; certainly in Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 127.2; 278.1; 300.4; and especially note the verse 265.9, 10: asārakā ime dharmā manyanāyāḥ samutthitāḥ, sāpy atra manyanā śūnyā yayā śūnyeti manyate; (2) pride: in Lalitavistara 332.14 (verse) read with best mss. (and Tibetan, rlom sems) sarva- manyanā-(Lefm. manyunā)-prahīnāḥ; in Lalitavistara 371.13 (verse) read, with vv.ll. and Foucaux, iha me hatā navavidhā mānavidhī (m.c., mss. all °vidhi) manyanāpur’ aniketāḥ, here I have destroyed the nine-fold varieties of conceit, which have pride as their home (or body, pura) and (now are left in me) without any resting-place; in Lalitavistara 374.5 (verse) read manyanāś with v.l. for mamiyitā; Mahāvyutpatti 7082 = Tibetan rlom(s) sems; Śikṣāsamuccaya 251.8 (Tibetan cited as rlom sems); śīla- manyanā Kāśyapa Parivarta 135.7 (prose), pride in (one's own) morality, = Tibetan tshul khrims kyis rlom sems; Bodhisattvabhūmi 207.14; Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 389.20; avamanyana-manyana (acc. sg.; a m.c.) tyaktvā Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 21.4 (verse). See also a-manyana-tā.

Manyanā can also be spelled as Manyana (मन्यन).

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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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