Svalakshana, aka: Svālakṣaṇa, Svalakṣaṇa, Sva-lakshana; 2 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit terms Svālakṣaṇa and Svalakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Svalaksana or Svalakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Svalakṣaṇa (स्वलक्षण) or Svalakṣaṇāśuci refers to the “impurity of intrinsic characteristics” and represents one of the five “impurities of the body” (kāyāśuci), contemplating on which, the Yogin can obtain the four “foundations of mindfulness” (smṛtyupasthāna), forming part of the thirty-seven auxiliaries to enlightenment (bodhipākṣika), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XXXI.
Accordingly, the impurity of Svalakṣaṇa is described as follows: “this body with its nine gates is always secreting impurity: the eyes spill out rheum and tears; the ears produce wax; the nose contains snot; the mouth has saliva and vomit; the anus and the urethra constantly empty out excrement and urine; and the hair-pores sweaty impurity... That is what is called the impurity of intrinsic characteristics (svalakṣaṇāśuci)”.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Svālakṣaṇa (स्वालक्षण).—a. Easily perceived.
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Svalakṣaṇa (स्वलक्षण).—a peculiar characteristic or property.
Derivable forms: svalakṣaṇam (स्वलक्षणम्).
Svalakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - The philosophical situation (a review) < [Chapter X - The Śaṅkara School Of Vedānta]
Part 5 - Indeterminate and determinate perception < [Chapter IX - Mīmāṃsā Philosophy]
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
I. Difference between omniscience and the knowledge of all the aspects < [VII. Winning omniscience and the knowledge of all the aspects]
I. Knowledge of the Śrāvakas < [Part 3 - Outshining the knowledge of all the Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas]
Part 1 - Arriving at the other shore < [Chapter L - Arriving at the other Shore]
Preceptors of Advaita (by T. M. P. Mahadevan)
The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux (by Satkari Mookerjee)
Chapter XXI - The Theory of Perception as propounded by Dharmakīrti and Dharmottara < [Part II - Logic and Epistemology]
Chapter XVII - Perception in Dignāga’s School of Philosophy < [Part II - Logic and Epistemology]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 19 - The Dialectic of Nāgārjuna and the Vedānta Dialectic < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]