Prasannapada, Prasannapadā: 5 definitions


Prasannapada 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Open Journal System Heidelberg: Materials for a Mādhyamika Critique of Foundationalism

The Prasannapadā is an important but sometimes frustrating text. Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (MMK) is available to us today in the original Sanskrit only as embedded in this commentary by Candrakirti (fl. 600 CE), which is the only commentary on Nagarjuna’s text known to have survived in the original Sanskrit.

The first chapter of the Prasannapadā has become a locus classicus,in particular, for what Tibetan traditions emphasized as the splitbetween the “Svātantrika” and “Prāsaṅgika” schools of Madhyamaka.

Source: Evam: A Brief Commentary of the Prasannapada

The Prasannapada (Pras) is a commentary of the Mulamadhyamakakarika (MMK) by Nagarjuna. The commetator is Candrakirti who is nowadays categorized into Prasangika in the Madhyamika school. It should be noted that Pras is the only one extant Sanskrit commentary of MMK. Although it requires the thorough investigation, the author found a Sanskrit text which can be identified as the brief Sanskrit commentary on Pras.

The Sanskrit manuscript of the brief commentary of Pras was originally discovered by Rahula Sankrityayana in Tibet in 1938. This text is listed as XIV.4.246 in his article in JBORS Vol.XXIII.Pt1, p.35. Rahula gives the title "Laksanatika".The Sanskrit manuscripts discovered by Rahula in Tibet were moved to Peking before Cultural Revolution. They were preserved at the Cultural Palace of Nationarlities. In 1990 Taisho University in Tokyo made an agreement with the Peoples Republic of China to conduct joint research on the Buddhist source materials.

The author of Pras, is categorized into Prasangika in Madhyamaika school. The beginning of Pras is dedicated to the refutation of the other school of Madhyamika, i.e., Svatantrika. The oppornent was Bhaviveka.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prasannapada in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prasannapāda (प्रसन्नपाद):—[=pra-sanna-pāda] [from pra-sanna > pra-sad] m. or n. (?) Name of [work] by Dharma-kīrti

[Sanskrit to German]

Prasannapada 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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