Paccakkha: 3 definitions


Paccakkha means something in Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: JAINpedia: Jainism

Paccakkha (पच्चक्ख) in Prakrit (Pratyakṣa in Sanskrit) refers to “direct knowledge”, as explained in the Nandīsūtra.—The heart of the Nandī-sūtra deals with the concept of cognition or knowledge in its various divisions and subdivisions. This is also an appropriate topic for a text that transcends all categories in the Śvetāmbara canon, for it can be regarded as a prerequisite to the scriptures. First comes the list of the five types of knowledge, known from other sources as well, such as the Tattvārtha-sūtra I. 9-33. [...] The last three kinds of knowledge [viz., ohi-nāṇa, maṇapajjava-nāṇa and kevala-nāṇa] are defined and dealt with as achieved directly – Prakrit paccakkha, Sanskrit pratyakṣa. This means “without the aid of the sense-organs and the mind and on the basis of the capacity of a soul alone” (cf., Pandit Sukhlalji, Tattvārthasūtra 1974: 20).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

paccakkha : (adj.) evident; realized; perceptible; to the senses.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Paccakkha, (adj.) (paṭi+akkha3, cp. Ved. pratyakṣa) “before the eye, ” perceptible to the senses, evident, clear, present DhsA. 254; PvA. 125; Sdhp. 416. Often in obl. cases, viz. Instr. °ena personally J. I, 377; Abl. °ato from personal experience J. V, 45, 195, 281; appaccakkhāya without seeing or direct perception, in explanation of paccaya at Vism. 532; also in phrase paccakkhato ñatvā having seen or found out for himself, knowing personally J. I, 262; III, 168.

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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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