Sthanasthana, Sthānāsthāna, Sthana-asthana: 4 definitions
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Sthānāsthāna (स्थानास्थान) or Sthānāsthānajñānabala refers to one of the “ten powers” (daśabala) of the Bodhisattva, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 39. Accordingly, “by the power of the knowledge of what is possible and what is impossible (sthānāsthāna-jñānabala), the Buddha distinguishes and evaluates those beings who can be converted and those who cannot be converted”.
Also, “the Buddha himself makes no blunders. His knowledge of the possible and the impossible (sthānāsthāna) is intact (avyāhata) and invincible (prajānāti) and, since he knows fully and completely (prajānāti), it is called the first ‘power’”.
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
Sthānāsthāna (स्थानास्थान) or Sthānāsthānajñānabala refers to the “strength of knowing the possible and impossible” and represents on of the ten Jñānabalas (“strength of knowledge”), as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 76). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., sthāna-asthāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sthānasthāna (स्थानस्थान):—[=sthāna-sthāna] [from sthāna > sthā] n. [plural] every place (eṣu [locative case] [plural] ‘everywhere’, ‘in every corner’; cf. sthāna, [column]1), [Kathāsaritsāgara]
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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Starts with: Sthanasthanajnanabala.
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Note (2): Lists of Jñānabalas < [Chapter XXXIX - The Ten Powers of the Buddha according to the Abhidharma]
I. Refutation of the first Sarvāstivādin list < [Part 2 - Refutation of the Sarvāstivādin theories on the special attributes]
I. The power of the possible and the impossible (sthānāsthāna-jñānabala) < [Part 2 - The ten powers in particular]
Bhajana-Rahasya (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya)
Abhidharmakośa (by Vasubandhu)
Shri Gaudiya Kanthahara (by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati)