Udgrihnati, Udgṛhṇāti, Udgṛhṇatī: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Udgṛhṇāti and Udgṛhṇatī can be transliterated into English as Udgrhnati or Udgrihnati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Udgṛhṇatī (उद्गृह्णती) (Cf. Udgṛhṇat) refers to “grasping” (the eternal and the non-eternal nature), according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter 41).—Accordingly, “[Digression on a case brought against the Buddha; B. The defense].—[7. Silence on the Fourteen Difficult Questions].—The Buddha did not answer fourteen difficult questions.— Furthermore, being based (āśritya) on the eternalist view (śāśvatadṛṣṭi) or the nihilist view (ucchedadṛṣṭi), the heretics asked the questions of eternalism or nihilism, but since any real nature (satyalakṣaṇa) is absent in them, the Buddha did not reply. The eternal nature (nityalakṣaṇa) and the non-eternal nature (anityalakṣaṇa) seen by these heretics have no reality. Why? The heretics grasp (udgṛhṇatudgṛhṇanti) these natures and become attached to them, saying: ‘This is eternal, that is nothingness’. As for the Buddha, he too speaks of eternal nature and non-eternal nature, but merely by way of refutation (pratipakṣa). [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Udgṛhṇāti (उद्गृह्णाति).—(1) (= Pali uggaṇhāti), acquires (know- ledge of truth), learns, comprehends: ger. often followed by paryavāpya, Divyāvadāna 18.12 uddeśayogamanasikārān udgṛhya paryavāpya; 77.21 udgṛhṇīta bhikṣavo nimittam antar- dhāsyati, antarhitaḥ; 207.27 te (dharmāḥ) bhikṣubhir udgṛhya paryavāpya…dhārayitavyā(ḥ) etc.; Mahāvyutpatti 784 sadodgṛhīta-dharmāvismaraṇa-; Samādhirājasūtra 8.15 imaṃ samādhim udgṛhītavān, udgṛhya paryavāpya dhārayitvā …; 19.4 samādhiṃ śroṣyati śrutvā codgrahīṣyati dhārayi- ṣyati…; 22.39 na sukaraṃ…kāyasya pramāṇam udgrahītum; Daśabhūmikasūtra 80.14 (sarvasattvarutapadavyañjanam) udgṛhṇīyād udgṛhya ca…; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 28.11 atha śuko… bhagavatā bhāṣitam udgṛhya paryavāpya…; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 42.3, 4 na jātu rūpanimittam udgṛhītavān…na sparśanimittam udgṛhītavān; Kāraṇḍavvūha 28.6, 11; 29.11 udgṛhītum (so text each time); (2) holds fast to, keeps hold of, so AMg. uggiṇhati, = dhār rakhnā, [Ardha-Māgadhī Dictionary]): Mahāvastu i.52.1 so loko udgṛhīto sarvehi, all (the monks attendant on the Buddha Samitā- vin) held fast to this world (i.e. imitated him in determining to remain until a new Buddha arose).

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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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