Prajnapti, aka: Prajñapti; 3 Definition(s)


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Prajñapti (प्रज्ञप्ति).—f.

1) Agreement, engagement.

2) Teaching, informing, communicating.

3) A doctrine.

4) Intellect.

5) Name of a goddess, Vidyādevī (Jainism).

Derivable forms: prajñaptiḥ (प्रज्ञप्तिः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prajñapti (प्रज्ञप्ति).—f. (in Sanskrit recorded once, Bhāg. P., in meaning 1, BR; in general used much like Pali paññatti, compare prajñapayati and relatives; see also prajñāpti), (1) making known, declaration: agra-°tiṣu Bbh 291.12, see prajñapayati 1; (2) śabda-pra°, manifestation in words (compare Pali sadda-paññatti, Compendium of Philosophy 4), verbal expression: Samādh 8.11 yāvatī ca tatra lokadhātau śabdaprajñaptiḥ, every…in this world (took on the same sound, when the Buddha became enlightened); (3) state- ment, manifesto: icchāmi ekāṃ prajñaptiṃ (I wish, sc. to make, a statement) brāhmaṇapariṣā yadi pramāṇaṃ ti Mv i.311.5; the brahmans reply, jalpa yā te vijñapti, say what your statement (? request?) is; (4) désignation acc. to LaV-P. AbhidhK. ii.214, where °ti-dharma is contrasted with dravya-dharma, chose en soi; notation, Lévi on Sūtrāl. xix.43 (Tibetan brtags, signe, symbole; Chin. kia, faux, simulé); ‘le mot désigne la notion comme purement verbale, comme moyen de se faire entendre;’ lokānuvartanāṃ buddhā anuvartanti laukikīṃ, prajñaptim anuvartanti yathā lokottarām api Mv i.168.8-9 (verses), …Buddhas imitate (or follow) the conventions (which pass current in the world; i.e. they seem to carry on worldly activities) as if (all this were) super-worldly (esoterically real); bahubhir abhilā- paiḥ prajñaptaya upacārāḥ (access) kriyante Bbh 44.14, and repeatedly in sequel, esp. in cpd. °ti-vāda; (rūpādi- saṃjñake) vastuni yā rūpam ity evam-ādyāḥ prajñaptayaḥ tāḥ saṃvṛtaya (see saṃvṛti) ity ucyante Bbh 49.4; nāma-saṃketa-°tiḥ 50.10; (nāmadheyamātraṃ saṃketa- mātraṃ saṃvṛtimātraṃ) prajñaptimātraṃ Śikṣ 257.8 (said of the 5 saṃskāra; note samvṛti again, virtually = prajñapti); wrong actions are of two sorts, some like adultery wrong by nature (prakṛti-duṣṭa-tvād), others like remaining in the householder's life blameworthy by con- vention (prajñapti-sāvadya-tvād) Śikṣ 192.13; Buddhas are prajñapti-samatikrāntā(ḥ) Mv i.176.18, passed beyond convention (exoteric things); in Laṅk 153.10 (verse) an ātman exists prajñapti-satyato, by (exoteric) verbal convention, it is not dravya-sat, real in itself (compare AbhidhK, above), and so in line 11, skandhānāṃ skandhatā tadvat prajñaptyā na tu dravyataḥ, …by conventional designation, not in reality; (5) arrangement, provision (of a seat; n. act. to prajñapayati 2, prajñapta 1): śatasāhasrikā āsana-prajñaptī kriyati Mv ii.273.12, a seat-provision worth 100,000 was made, i.e. a seat worth that was provided; similarly, āsanaprajñaptī ca me na tādṛśī bhaviṣyati 274.9.

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Prajñāpti (प्रज्ञाप्ति).—f., noted only in Mvy as substitute for the usual prajñapti, q.v., compare vāhana-pra° where in citing LV the Mvy substitutes ā for a in the word. Besides this cpd., the word occurs Mvy 1415, 6496, 9213; and see anu-pra°. Tibetan on the first two gdags pa (also used for prajñā), making known, but in 9213 bcas pa (and so for anu-pra°), which is ambiguous (context suggests perhaps meaning of prajñapti 2 or 3), and on 6496 alternatively bcaḥ ba, probably intending the same; Japanese deciding, settling, fixing. (Acc. to LaV-P., Index, also occurs in AbhidhK, = prajñapti.)

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