Naivasamjnanasamjnayatana, aka: Nevasaññānāsaññāyatana, Naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñāyatana, Naivasamjnanasamjna-ayatana; 4 Definition(s)
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñāyatana (नैवसंज्ञानासंज्ञायतन) referst to the “sphere of neither-discrimination-nor-non-discrimination” and represents one of the four Ārūpyasamāpatti (“formless absorptions”), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32. Of the four formless (ārūpya) absorptions, one, namely, the naivasaṃjñānā-saṃjñā-āyatana, is always impure (sāsrava). For the other three, one can single out: the ākāśānantya-āyatana is sometimes impure (sāsrava) and sometimes pure (anāsrava). If it is impure, this ākāśāyatana contains four impure aggregates (sāsrava-skandha); if it is pure, it contains four pure aggregates. It is the same for the vijñānānantya-āyatana and the ākiṃcanya-āyatana.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
Nevasannanasannayatana is the ayatana of nevasannanasanna.
Neva + sanna + nasanna. Neva is Neva. It derives from na and eva. Na means no, none, nothing. Eva means such , this ,thus.
Eva sanna such perception
- Neva sanna means such perception is not perception.
- Nasanna non perception or without perception.
- Neva nasanna means such perception is not non perception.
- Nevasannanasanna means such perception is neither perception nor non perception.
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
General definition (in Buddhism)
The highest of the four heavens in the Realm of Formlessness, or called the sphere of no thing.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary
Naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñāyatana or Nevasaññānāsaññāyatana (Tib: 'du shes med 'du shes med min; Jpn: 非有想非無想処) "Sphere of neither perception nor non-perception". In this sphere the formless beings have gone beyond a mere negation of perception and have attained a liminal state where they do not engage in "perception" (saṃjñā, recognition of particulars by their marks) but are not wholly unconscious. This was the sphere reached by Udraka Rāmaputra (Pāli: Uddaka Rāmaputta), the second of the Buddha's two teachers, who considered it equivalent to enlightenment. Total life span on this realm in human years - 84,000 Maha Kalpa (Maha Kalpa = 4 Asankya Kalpa). Kalpa Vibhangaya This is realm is place 5,580,000 Yodun ( 1 Yoduna = 16 Miles) above the Plane of Nothingness(Akiknchaknkayatana).Sakwala Vibhangaya(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism
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