Prajnacakshus, aka: Prajñācakṣus, Prajna-cakshus; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Prajñācakṣus can be transliterated into English as Prajnacaksus or Prajnacakshus, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Prajnachakshus.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्) refers to the “wisdom-eye” and represents one of the five visual powers (cakṣus) attributed to the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV). The wisdom-eye (prajñācakṣus) knows the true nature (satyalakṣaṇa) of the dharmas.

According to chapter 50, “[...] in order to see the true nature (dharmatā), the bodhisattva seeks the wisdom eye (prajñācakṣus). Having obtained the wisdom eye, he no longer sees beings (sattva), he eliminates completely the signs of identity (ekatva) and difference (nānātva), he rejects all clinging (adhyavasāna) and accepts no dharma. [...] However, the wisdom eye (prajñācakṣus) cannot save beings. Why? Because it does not distinguish them; this is why the Bodhisattva produces the Dharma eye (dharmacakṣus)”.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्) or simply Prajñā refers to the ”divine eye“ and represents one the “five eyes” (cakṣus) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., prajñā-cakṣus). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Prajñācakṣus (प्रज्ञाचक्षुस्).—a. blind; (lit. having understanding as the only eyes); ततो ज्ञास्यसि मां सौते प्रज्ञाचक्षुष- मित्युत (tato jñāsyasi māṃ saute prajñācakṣuṣa- mityuta) Mb.1.1.149; Bhāg.1.13.28; Manodūta 115; N.12.16. (-m.) an epithet of Dhṛtarāṣṭra; Mb.3. 7.24; Kāvyamālā, Part.13. (-n.) the mind's eye, mental eye, the mind; M.1.

Prajñācakṣus is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prajñā and cakṣus (चक्षुस्). See also (synonyms): prajñānayana.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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.

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