Pratilambha: 11 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ) (Cf. Pratilābdha, Pratilambhāta) refers to “acquiring” (the conviction that dharmas do not arise), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 22, v2).—Accordingly, “The Bodhisattva is born into the clan coming from the Bodhisattvas of the past.—[...], The Bodhisattva who begins with the strength of high aspiration is born into the clan of the Buddhas (buddhagotra). For the others, acquiring the conviction that dharmas do not arise [i.e., anutpattika-dharmakṣānti-pratilābdha] would be the “clan of the Buddha” for it is then that the Bodhisattva acquires a partial influx of the knowledge of all the aspects. Compare this stage with the gotrabhūmi in the Śrāvaka system”.

Note: In the sixth bhūmi (abhimukhī), examining emptiness of dharmas in every way, he possesses an intense preparatory conviction, but has not yet made his entry into the real anutpattika-dharmakṣānti.—Finally, the Bodhisattva ‘obtains’ the anutpattika-dharmakṣānti. This is what is called the definitive obtaining (pratilābdha, pratilambha, pratilambhāta) of kṣānti.

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ) refers to “having attained (the consecration)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “The Lord said [to Pradīpapāṇi]: “Son of good family, the Bodhisattvas, the great beings [...] who reached to the limit of distinguishing marks by the annihilation of all distinguishing marks, who purified their knowledge which reached to its limit, who are endowed with inexhaustible patience, who have attained the prediction that they will understand the knowledge of the Tathāgata, who have set the boundary [for practice] and entered into the state of being determined as a Bodhisattva, who have attained the consecration (abhiṣeka-pratilambha) as sealed with the seal of non-retrogression, [...]”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Pratilambha in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ) refers to the “attainment (of true faith)”, according to Pūjyapāda’s Sarvārthasiddhi.—Accordingly, “[...] Even if human birth is attained, a good country, a good family, keen senses, health, etc. are more and more difficult of attainment. When all these are attained, if true faith is not acquired (saddharma-pratilambha), human birth becomes useless like the face without vision. And even after attaining this rare true faith, if anyone is immersed in worldly pleasures, it is like burning sandal-wood paste for the sake of ash. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ).—

1) Getting, obtaining, receiving.

2) Censure, abuse, reviling; अन्यतः कथमदः प्रतिलम्भः (anyataḥ kathamadaḥ pratilambhaḥ) N.

Derivable forms: pratilambhaḥ (प्रतिलम्भः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ).—m.

(-mbhaḥ) 1. Obtaining, getting. 2. Censure, reviling, abuse. E. prati before, labhi to sound, aff. ghañ; also with lyuṭ aff. pratilambhana .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ).—i. e. prati -labh + a, m. Obtaining, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 89, 2.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ).—[masculine] = seq. + conceiving, understanding.

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

1) Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ):—[=prati-lambha] [from prati-labh] m. receiving, obtaining, finding, getting, [Nirukta, by Yāska; Kāvya literature]

2) [v.s. ...] recovering, regaining (ifc.), [Kādambarī]

3) [v.s. ...] conceiving, understanding, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

4) [v.s. ...] censure, abuse, [Horace H. Wilson]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ):—[prati-lambha] (mbhaḥ) 1. m. Getting; censure.

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

Pratilambha (प्रतिलम्भ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Paḍilaṃbha.

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Pratilambha 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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