Nanavidha, aka: Nana-vidha, Nānāvidha; 4 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Nanavidha (ननविध) refers to a “nine-fold classification” of dharmas, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIX. Taken individually (pratyeka), dharmas are ninefold (nanavidha):

  1. They have existence (bhava),
  2. Each has its own attribution,
  3. Each has its own power (bala),
  4. They each have their own causes (hetu).
  5. They each have their own object (ālambana).
  6. They each have their own effect (phala).
  7. They each have their own essence (prakṛti).
  8. They each have their own limits (paryanta).
  9. They each have their own opening up (udghāṭana) and preparations (prayoga).

When the dharmas arise, their existence and their other attributes make up nine things in all.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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nānāvidha : (adj.) various; divers.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Nānāvidha (नानाविध).—mfn.

(-dhaḥ-dhā-dhaṃ) 1. In various ways. 2. Of various sorts or kinds. E. nānā, and vidha kind.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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