Pancavijnana, aka: Pañcavijñāna, Panca-vijnana; 1 Definition(s)

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Alternative spellings of this word include Panchavijnana.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Pañcavijñāna (पञ्चविज्ञान) refers to “the first five consciousnesses” According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The first five consciousnesses (pañcavijñāna) are unable to conceive (vikalpanā) things; they do not know their names (nāma) or their symbols (saṃketa) or their marks (nimitta). At the moment it is produced, the visual consciousness (cakṣur-vijñāna) is like a first indication; but it is the mental consciousness arising later that knows the thing. This is why the faculty of pleasure associated with the first five consciousnesses is unable to perfect (paripṛ) happiness; it is the faculty of pleasure associated with the mental consciousness that perfects bliss (sukha).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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