Pancacakshus, Pañcacakṣus, Panca-cakshus: 4 definitions
Pancacakshus 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 Pañcacakṣus can be transliterated into English as Pancacaksus or Pancacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Panchachakshus.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Pañcacakṣus (पञ्चचक्षुस्) refers to “(the realm of) five eyes”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly as The Lord said: “O Śāriputra, in the buddha-field of the Tathāgata Ekaratnavyūha, there is a Bodhisattva, the great being Gaganagañja who is resplendent by the splendor of merit (puṇya-tejas), [...] who enters the intention of thought of all living beings as adorned with knowledge (jñāna), penetrates the roots of good of all living beings as adorned with consciousness (buddhi-alaṃkṛta), is purified in the realm of five eyes (pañcacakṣus-viṣayasuviśuddha) adorned with the [divine] sight (cakṣus), [...]”.
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)
Pañcacakṣus (पञ्चचक्षुस्) or simply Cakṣus refers to the “five eyes” as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65):
- māṃsa-cakṣus (the fleshly eye),
- dharma-cakṣus (the dharma eye),
- prajñā-cakṣus (the wisdom eye),
- divya-cakṣus (the divine eye),
- buddha-cakṣus (the Buddha eye).
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., pañca-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Pañcacakṣus (पञ्चचक्षुस्).—see cakṣus.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Pañcacakṣus (पञ्चचक्षुस्):—[=pañca-cakṣus] [from pañca] m. ‘five-eyed’, Name of the Buddha (who was supposed to have the māṃsa-c, dharma-c, prajñā-c, divya-c and buddha-c id est. the carnal eye, the eye of religion, the eye of intellect, the divine eye and the eye of Buddha), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary] (cf. [Dharmasaṃgraha lxvi]).
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Partial matches: Cakshus, Panca.
Full-text: Skandha, Panca, Cakshurvishaya, Pancaskandha, Pancendriya, Vishaya, Pancagati, Gati, Cakshus.
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