Tikshnendriya, Tīkṣṇendriya, Tikshna-indriya: 3 definitions


Tikshnendriya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Tīkṣṇendriya can be transliterated into English as Tiksnendriya or Tikshnendriya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Tīkṣnendriya (तीक्ष्नेन्द्रिय) refers to “one of keen faculties”, according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 3).—Accordingly, “[...] Finally a Brahmin monk named Kātyāyana, wise and of keen faculties (tīkṣnendriya), completely recited the three Baskets (tripiṭaka), the inner and outer texts (ādhyātmikabahyasūtra). Wishing to explain the words of the Buddha, he compiled the jñānaprasthānāṣṭagrantha. The first chapter (skandhaka) deals with the supreme worldly Dharmas (laukikāgradharma). Subsequently, his disciples made from it a vibhāṣā for people of ages to come who could not completely understand the Aṣṭagrantha (or Jñānaprasthāna)”.

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

Tīkṣṇendriya (तीक्ष्णेन्द्रिय) or Tīkṣṇendriyasatva refers to “intelligent beings”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said to Brahmā Prabhāvyūha: “[...] (26) Further, ‘the root of good’ is to touch the evenness of the sole of the foot, ‘merit’ is to adorn the characteristics of a great man and the marks of beauty, and ‘knowledge’ is not to see the top of the head. (27) Further, ‘the root of good’ is to adorn the Buddha-fields, ‘merit’ is to enjoy food and drink mentally, and ‘knowledge’ is to be produced in intelligent beings (tīkṣṇendriyasatva). [...]”.

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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»] — Tikshnendriya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Tīkṣṇendriya (तीक्ष्णेन्द्रिय).—adj. (tīkṣṇa-indriya; = Pali tikkhin-driya), of keen senses or faculties: Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 387.3 (cited s.v. ātīkṣṇendriya).

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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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