Tathagatajnana, Tathāgatajñāna, Tathagata-jnana: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Tathāgatajñāna (तथागतज्ञान) refers to the “knowledge of the Tathāgata”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “The Lord said [to Pradīpapāṇi]: “Son of good family, the Bodhisattvas, the great beings [...] who reached to the limit of distinguishing marks by the annihilation of all distinguishing marks, who purified their knowledge which reached to its limit, who are endowed with inexhaustible patience, who have attained the prediction that they will understand the knowledge of the Tathāgata (tathāgatajñāna), who have set the boundary [for practice] and entered into the state of being determined as a Bodhisattva, who have attained the consecration as sealed with the seal of non-retrogression, [...]”.

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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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