Pancabhijna, Pañcābhijñā, Pañcābhijña, Panca-abhijna: 2 definitions
Pancabhijna 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Panchabhijna.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Pañcābhijña (पञ्चाभिज्ञ) refers to “five superknowledges”, and represents one of the qualities possessed by the Bodhisattvas that accompanied the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X part 7.—The five abhijñās are:
- magical power (ṛddhi),
- the divine eye (divyacakṣus),
- the divine ear (divyaśrotra),
- knowledge of others’ minds (paracittajñāna);
- memory of former lifetimes (pūrvanivāsānusmṛti).
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Pañcābhijñā (पञ्चाभिज्ञा) refers to the “five deep knowledges” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 20):
- divyacakṣus (the divine eye),
- divyaśrotra (the divine ear),
- paracittajñāna (knowledge of others’ minds),
- pūrvanivāsānusmṛti (recollection of previous lives),
- ṛddhi (spiritual power).
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., pañca-abhijñāu). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
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