Prahana, Prahāṇa: 9 definitions
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General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Prahāṇa (प्रहाण, “abandoning”) or Prahāṇabala refers to the “the strength of abandoning” and represents one of the “ten strengths of the Bodhisattvas” (bala) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 75). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., prahāṇa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D. Pratisaṃkhyāna can also be spelled as Pratisaṅkhyāna.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) Abandoning, omitting, quitting; क्लेशप्रहाणमिह लब्धसबीजयोगाः (kleśaprahāṇamiha labdhasabījayogāḥ) Śi.4.55.
2) Abstraction, speculation, meditation.
Derivable forms: prahāṇam (प्रहाणम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Prahāṇa (प्रहाण).—nt. (besides the mgs. here noted, also as in Sanskrit id., getting rid of, abandonment; only this meaning seems to be recognized by Tibetan which regularly renders spoṅ ba; meaning 1 = Pali padhāna, [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] also pradhāna, q.v., here in Pktic form, compare AMg. pahāṇa-vanta, [Ardha-Māgadhī Dictionary] = Hindi saṃyama samādhivālā; rendered one who con- centrates on self-restraint, better…on strenuous exertion; meaning 2 = AMg. pahāṇa, Sanskrit pradhāna), (1) exertion, strenuosity: four such Mahāvyutpatti 957—961 (as in Pali, see s.v. pradhāna for list); oftener called samyakprahāṇa (also °pradhāna; Pali sammappadhāna); Dharmasaṃgraha 45 (with list); Śikṣāsamuccaya 105.14; Kāśyapa Parivarta 95.6; Divyāvadāna 208.8; in long cpds. containing lists of virtues and religious requirements, Lalitavistara 8.5; 426.7; prahāṇa less technically, of zealous religious activity, in a series of verses similar, tho not quite identical, in Mahāvastu ii.238.3 ff., Lalitavistara 261.2 ff., and Pali Sn 425 ff.: Lalitavistara 4 prahāṇāyodyataṃ…dṛḍhavikramaṃ (subject), compare Mahāvastu 4 prahāṇaṃ prahitaṃ (q.v.) mayā, Sn 425 maṃ padhāna pahitattaṃ; Mahāvastu 8 saṃhara mahā-prahāṇaṃ, restrain your great (ascetic) exertion! (Māra speaks), not in Lalitavistara or Sn Lalitavistara 13 kiṃ prahāṇe kariṣyasi, (Sanskritization of) Mahāvastu 12 kiṃ prahāṇena kāhisi, Sn 428 kiṃ padhānena kāhasi; Lalitavistara 14 duḥkhaṃ mārgaṃ praháṇasya, Mahāvastu 13 text dūraṃ (mss. duraṃ, duraṃgaṃ, read perhaps duḥkham?) āśā prahāṇasya, Sn 429 duggo maggo padhānāya; similarly, prahāṇāya gamiṣyāmi Mahāvastu ii.199.18 (verse) = Pali Sn 424 padhānāya gamissāmi; in a prose passage not found in Lalitavistara or Sn, but introducing the above series of verses, Mahāvastu has (in words said by Māra to the Bodhisattva) kiṃ prahāṇena kari- ṣyasi ii.237.18, prahāṇam ca duṣkaram 21; bodhisattvaḥ [Page390-a+ 71] prahāṇārthī viharati Lalitavistara 246.8, which supports reading of v.l. at Mahāvastu ii.124.1 (alaṃ punaḥ me…) kulaputrasya prahāṇārthikasya prahāṇāye, yan nūnāhaṃ ihaiva (mss. °vaṃ) prahāṇaṃ hareyaṃ (so mss., Senart prahar°; better would perhaps be vihareyaṃ, dwell in…, see s.v. vyapakṛṣṭa, where cliché is cited with prahitātmā and forms of viharati); the first part of this Mahāvastu passage is supported by Majjhimanikāya (Pali) i.167.6—7 alaṃ vat’ idaṃ kula- puttassa padhānatthikassa padhānāyā ti; prahāṇaṃ pradadhāti (so probably read for Senart's em. pratidadhāti, mss. corrupt) Mahāvastu ii.208.1; -prahāṇa-jñāna- Lalitavistara 434.9; lūhaprahāṇena Mahāvastu ii.126.12 and in sequel (= rūkṣa- pradhāna, see the latter); °ṇa-śālā, hall of religious exercise, concentration, in a monastery, Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya iv.74.4 ff.; śaithiliko bāhulikaḥ prahāṇa-vibhraṣṭaḥ (fallen away from religious exertions) Lalitavistara 407.19; Mahāvastu iii.329.3—4 (here text with mss. vikrānto, probably intending vibhrānto, for vi- bhraṣṭaḥ, compare Pali bāhuliko padhānavibbhanto Vin. i.9.1 and Jātaka (Pali) i.68.2, in the same incident); utkuṭuka-pra°, see utku°; in the formula of the four ṛddhipāda, q.v., always -samādhi-prahāṇa-saṃskāra-samanvāgata (Pali samādhi-padhāna-saṃkhāra-samannāgata, e.g. Dīghanikāya (Pali) ii. 213.7); (2) twice I believe prahāṇa (= AMg. pahāṇa) = Sanskrit pradhāna, the chief thing, at end of [bahuvrīhi] cpds. = chiefly consisting of or characterized by: kuhana-lapana- prahāṇaṃ māyā-mātsarya-doṣa-irṣyādyaṃ, (iha te kleśā- raṇyaṃ chinnaṃ…) Lalitavistara 372.17 (verse), here you have cut down the forest of the impurities, consisting chiefly of kuhana and lapana (qq.v.), including deceit, malice, hatred, jealousy, etc.; tasya tahiṃ āśramapade prativasato kṣama-dama-prahāṇasya Mahāvastu ii.221.15 (verse), while he was dwelling…characterized by… In both these the Sanskrit meaning abandonment is manifestly impossible (tho Foucaux tries to adopt it in Lalitavistara, by flagrant violation of the text), and exertion in the sense of Pali padhāna seems certainly implausible. The word is very common in AMg. in this meaning; note that [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit] has usually this AMg.-like form for Pali padhāna.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ṇaṃ) Abandoning, omitting.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Prahāṇa (प्रहाण).—[neuter] ṇi [feminine] ceasing, vanishing.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Prahaṇa (प्रहण):—[wrong reading] for pra-haraṇa, [Harivaṃśa]
2) Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—[=pra-hā-ṇa] n. relinquishing, abandoning, avoiding, [Śiśupāla-vadha; Śaṃkarācārya; Lalita-vistara]
3) [v.s. ...] abstraction, speculation, meditation, [Lalita-vistara; Vajracchedikā]
4) [v.s. ...] exertion, [Dharmasaṃgraha 45.]
5) Prahāna (प्रहान):—[=pra-hāna] [wrong reading] for hāṇaSource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—[pra-hāṇa] (ṇaṃ) 1. n. Destruction.
[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch
Prahaṇa (प्रहण):—in mṛtyuprahaṇo raṇe [Harivaṃśa 2694] fehlerhaft für praharaṇa .
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Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—(von hā, jahāti mit pra) n. das Weichen, Verschwinden: avidyādi  zu [Bṛhadāranyakopaniṣad] [?S. 248. Nīlakaṇṭha 9. 113. Śiśupālavadha 4, 55. Mārkāṇḍeyapurāṇa 36, 5.] mīmāṃsāsamādhi [Burnouf 625. 324,] [Nalopākhyāna 1] (? prahāna gedr.).
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Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—lies das Aufgeben, Fahrenlassen, Unterlassen, Vermeiden und füge hinzu [SARVADARŚANAS. 50, 8. fg. 121, 1. fg. 152, 19. 163, 10. 178, 3.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung
Prahaṇa (प्रहण):—[Harivaṃśa 2694.] fehlerhaft für praharaṇa.
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Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—1. n. das Sichvertiefen Nachgrübeln , Speculation [Lalitavistarapurāṇa 309,8.311,20.327,9.] mithyā so v.a. eine falsche Betrachtungsweise [Vajracchedikā 43,7.] Vgl. pradadhau [Lalitavistarapurāṇa 499,9.] und pradhyāna.
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Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—2. n. das Aufgeben , Fahrenlassen , Unterlassen , Vermeiden [Lalitavistarapurāṇa 36,4,37,1.11,21.]
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Prahāṇa (प्रहाण):—3. Adj. fehlerhaft für prahvāṇa.
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Prahāna (प्रहान):—und prahāni fehlerhaft für prahāṇa und prahāṇi.
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