Niruktipratibhana, Niruktipratibhāna, Nirukti-pratibhana: 1 definition


Niruktipratibhana 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.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Niruktipratibhāna (निरुक्तिप्रतिभान) refers to “interpretation and eloquence”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Son of good family, there are eight purities of the insight (prajñā) of the Bodhisattvas. What are the eight? To with, (1) although they attain all good qualities, they do not stick to the view of eternity; (2) although they strive to get rid of all bad qualities, they do not fall into the view of annihilation; (3) although they enter into dependent origination, they are not contradictory with the tolerance that all things are unborn; (4) although they illuminate four kinds of special knowledge, they are not attached to interpretation and eloquence (niruktipratibhāna); [...]”.

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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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