Nishklesha, Niṣkleśa: 4 definitions



Nishklesha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Niṣkleśa can be transliterated into English as Nisklesa or Nishklesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Niṣkleśa (निष्क्लेश) is a title given to the Bhikṣus that accompanied the Buddha when he went to Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata at Rājagṛha according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). Accordingly, “they are called Niṣkleśa because they have destroyed all the fetters (saṃyojana), the attachments (upādāna), the bonds (bandhana), the obstacles (nīvaraṇa), wrong views (dṛṣṭi) and the envelopment of desire (paryavasthāna)”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Nishklesha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Niṣkleśa (निष्क्लेश):—[=niṣ-kleśa] [from niṣ > niḥ] mfn. free from pain or moral faults, [Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 124, 133]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Niṣkleśa (निष्क्लेश):—Adj. frei von den zehn moralischen Gebrechen (buddh.).

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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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