Sarvajnata, aka: Sarvajñatā, Sarva-jnata; 1 Definition(s)

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Sarvajñatā (सर्वज्ञता, “omniscience”) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLII.—The bodhisattva aspires to omniscience (sarvajñatā), the knowledge of all dharmas, conditioned and unconditioned, isolated or grouped, existent or non-existent, true or false. There are two kinds of omniscience, perfect or imperfect: 1. Perfect omniscience cognizes all dharmas under their general characteristics (sāmānyalakṣaṇa) and their specific characteristics (svalakṣaṇa). As well, there are imperfect or incomplete omnisciences that bear upon only the general characteristics of the dharmas and a restricted number of the specific characteristics.

Buddha, Arhat and Pratyekabuddha have access to their respective omnisciences (sarvajñatā) or bodhis by using the paths or Vehicles of their choice. Each having attained their final goal, they no longer use the knowledge of the paths or the knowledge of the aspect of the paths. Indeed, they say: “The path already practiced by me is no longer to be practiced”. This is not the case for the Bodhisattvas who, from their first cittotpāda until their arrival at Buddhahood, are in the course of their career.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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