Purvanivasanusmritijnana, Pūrvanivāsānusmṛtijñāna, Purvanivasanusmriti-jnana: 1 definition

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Purvanivasanusmritijnana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

The Sanskrit term Pūrvanivāsānusmṛtijñāna can be transliterated into English as Purvanivasanusmrtijnana or Purvanivasanusmritijnana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Pūrvanivāsānusmṛtijñāna (पूर्वनिवासानुस्मृतिज्ञान) or simply Pūrvanivāsānusmṛti refers to the “memory of one’s former abodes (or existences)” and represents one of the six “superknowledges” (abhijñā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLIII.—Accordingly, “the Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva who wishes to become established in the six superknowledges [viz., Pūrvanivāsānusmṛtijñāna] should practice the perfection of wisdom (prajñāpāramitā)”.

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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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