Prajnapta, Prajñapta: 7 definitions


Prajnapta 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Prajnapta in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त) refers to a “designation”, according to  the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 46.—Accordingly, “[...] Having entered into [the patience towards beings], [the Yogin] has the following thought:—According to the Dharma preached by the Buddhas of the ten directions, there is no self and no ‘mine’, it is only an assemblage of Dharmas designated (prajñapta) under the name of ‘a being’. The being is like a mechanical doll: it moves and acts, but inwardly there is no master entity. [...]”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त) refers to the “prescribed (fire oblation)”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, “Now there lived a Brahmin called Viṣṇudatta in Navanagara. [...] In the crop-growing season he experienced a lack of water. With words of self-conceit, [possessing] approval [to use] mantrapadas he said, ‘I am going to send forth rain showers and summon Nāgas’. He sacrificed the prescribed (prajñapta) fire oblation with sesame seed, rice grain and mustard seed anointed with pungent oil. He prepared an image-form of a certain harmful Nāga. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prajnapta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त).—p. p.

1) Ordered, prescribed.

2) Arranged (as a seat); Buddh.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त).—ppp. of prec. (= Pali paññatta), (1) arranged, provided (of seats, see prec. 2): especially with āsana, often prajñapta evāsane, in the seat expressly provided, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 183.2; Lalitavistara 6.8; Mahāvastu i.318.16; ii.258.5; Divyāvadāna 49.29 and often; others with āsana, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 283.7; Lalitavistara 67.14; 408.21; Mahāvastu i.306.10; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 203.2, 4; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 41.1; Divyāvadāna 222.8, 10; siṃhāsana, Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 159.9; 245.4—5; 246.10; Lalitavistara 288.21, and padmāsana 22; mañca Divyāvadāna 20.11; (2) arranged in the sense of covered, strewn (with cloths or garments, see prec. 3): praveṇī- praṇīta-prajñaptā(ḥ) Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 341.12 (verse), elegantly spread with cover-cloths; paryaṅkāni…ratnadūṣyapaṭaiḥ prajñaptāni Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 7.8,…spread with…; (3) in a cliché occurring Divyāvadāna 2.19; 99.10, and often in Avadāna-śataka, i.15.3 etc., vaidya- prajñaptair āhārair, perhaps with food provided (arranged) by physicians (in description of the care bestowed on a pregnant woman; Divyāvadāna Index ordered, but this does not seem to be a meaning of this or related words).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त):—[=pra-jñapta] [from pra-jña > pra-jñā] mfn. ([from] [Causal]) ordered, prescribed (cf. vaidya-)

2) [v.s. ...] arranged (as a seat), [Divyāvadāna]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Prajñapta (प्रज्ञप्त) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Paṇṇatta.

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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 (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.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prajnapta in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prajñapta (ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಪ್ತ):—[adjective] regulated; controlled; directed; prescribed; disciplined.

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Prajñapta (ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಪ್ತ):—

1) [noun] the act of teaching.

2) [noun] (buddh.) the quality or state of being orderly, disciplined.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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