Nanadhimukti, Nānādhimukti, Nana-adhimukti: 2 definitions

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Nanadhimukti means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Nānādhimukti (नानाधिमुक्ति) or Nānādhimuktijñānabala refers to one of the “ten powers” (daśabala) of the Bodhisattva, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39. Accordingly, “by the power of the knowledge of the various aspirations of beings (nānādhimukti-jñānabala), he distinguishes and evaluates what is loved by beings”.

Also, “these aspirations (nānādhimukti) are fully and completely known (prajānāti) by the Buddha and as this knowledge is intact (avyāhata) and invincible (ajeya) in him, it is called the fifth ‘power’”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Nanadhimukti in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Nānādhimukti (नानाधिमुक्ति) or Nānādhimuktijñānabala refers to the “strength of knowing the various inclinations” and represents on of the ten Jñānabalas (“strength of knowledge”), as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 76). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., nānā-adhimukti). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

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