Pranatipata, aka: Prāṇātipāta, Prana-atipata; 3 Definition(s)
Pranatipata 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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात) refers to the “neglection of life” or simply “murder”; the abstinence thereof represents one of the three paths classified as “kāyakarma-patha” (paths of bodily action) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—The paths of bodily action (kāyakarma-patha) are three in number: abstaining (virati) from murder (prāṇātipāta), theft (adattādāna), and wrongful sexual relations (kāmamithyācāra).Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात) refers to “killing living creatures” and represents one of the “ten unwholesome things” (kuśala) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 56). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., prāṇa-atipāta). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Languages of India and abroad
Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात).—killing a living being, taking away life.
Derivable forms: prāṇātipātaḥ (प्राणातिपातः).
Prāṇātipāta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prāṇa and atipāta (अतिपात).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
II. Puṇyakriyāvastu consisting of morality < [Part 5 - Establishing beings in the puṇyakriyāvastus]
Part 4 - The “realm” of abstention from killing < [Section I.1 - Abstaining from murder]
2. Generosity and the virtue of morality < [Part 14 - Generosity and the other virtues]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Tattva 4: Pāpa (sin) < [Appendix 1.4: The nine tattvas]
Tattva 5: Āśrava (channels for acquisition of karma) < [Appendix 1.4: The nine tattvas]