Sarvakarajnata, Sarvākārajñatā, Sarvakara-jnata: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Sarvākārajñatā (सर्वाकारज्ञता) refers to the “knower of all the aspects”, as defined in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLII.—The Buddha, on the other hand, cognizes the general characteristics (sāmānyalakṣaṇa) and the specific characteristics (svalakṣaṇa) of all the dharmas in an exhaustive manner. This is why he is called ‘knower of all the aspects’ (sarvākārajñatā).

In a later chapter of the Prajñāpāramitāsūtra, the Buddha himself says: “Omniscience (sarvājñatā) is the concern of Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas; knowledge of the paths (mārgajñatā) is the concern of Bodhisattvas; knowledge of all the aspects (sarvākārajñatā) is the concern of the Buddhas”. The Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas have general omniscience (sāmānyasarvajñatā) only and do not have the knowledge of all the aspects (sarvākārajñatā).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sarvakarajnata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sarvākārajñatā (सर्वाकारज्ञता).—(sarvākārajña-tā) [, see s.v. sarvakālajña.]

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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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