Riddhyabhijna, Ṛddhyabhijñā, Riddhi-abhijna: 2 definitions


Riddhyabhijna 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 Ṛddhyabhijñā can be transliterated into English as Rddhyabhijna or Riddhyabhijna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ṛddhyabhijñā (ऋद्ध्यभिज्ञा) or simply Ṛddhi refers to “the superknowledge of magical powers” and represents one of the five superknowledges (pañcābhijñā) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. It includes the four kinds of gamana or movement, nirmāṇa or creation and āryaṛddhi or noble magical power.

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Ṛddhyabhijñā (ऋद्ध्यभिज्ञा) refers to the “supernormal knowledge of magical power”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then, the Lord went on to speak these verses: ‘[...] (74) By means of skill in meditation (dhyāna) and the supernormal knowledge of magical power (ṛddhyabhijñā), they go to a great number of millions of Buddha-fields (buddhakṣetra) to make offerings to innumerable Buddhas, with a mind removed from the vice of all ignorance (sarvājñānakleśa). [...]’”.

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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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