Pranatipata, Prāṇātipāta, Prana-atipata: 9 definitions


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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

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).

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Sydney eScholarship Repository: A Study of the Karma Chapter of the Abhidharmakośa Commentaries

Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात) (Tibetan: srog gcod pa) refers to “killing”.—The Eighth Karmapa remarks: “A thought of killing is a deliberate thinking ‘[I will] kill this one’ in an unmistaken perception and to kill one other than oneself”. In this way, the Eighth Karmapa maintains that characteristics of killing should possess three aspects. Firstly, a killer should have a motivation to kill; secondly, to kill the precise one he intended to kill, and thirdly, kill other than himself. The Eighth Karmapa’s explanation of these three dimensions concur with the mChims mdzod and the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya. [...]

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात) or “destroying life” refers to one of the “five precepts” (pañcaśīla), according to Buddhist teachings followed by the Newah in Nepal, Kathmandu Valley (whose roots can be traced to the Licchavi period, 300-879 CE).—The moral conduct (śīla) Buddhists follow are the Pañcaśīla, "Five Precepts", for the laity, Aṣṭaśīla, "Eight Precepts", for nuns and novice monks, and Daśaśīla, "Ten Precepts", for fully ordained monks. The Pañcaśīla consists of abstaining from [e.g., prāṇātipāta, "destroying life", ...]

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Pranatipata in Buddhism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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 (e.g., prāṇa-atipāta). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

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

Prāṇātipāta (प्राणातिपात):—[from prāṇa > prān] m. destruction of life, killing, slaughter, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc. (with Buddhists one of the 10 sins, [Dharmasaṃgraha])

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Pranatipata in German

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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»] — Pranatipata in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prāṇātipāta (ಪ್ರಾಣಾತಿಪಾತ):—[noun] the act of killing (another living being).

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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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