Vijnananantyayatana, Vijñānānantyāyatana, Vijnananantya-ayatana: 3 definitions

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Vijnananantyayatana 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Vijñānānantyāyatana (विज्ञानानन्त्यायतन) referst to the “sphere of infinity of consciousness” and represents one of the four Ārūpyasamāpatti (“formless absorptions”), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32. Of the four formless (ārūpya) absorptions, one, namely, the naivasaṃjñānā-saṃjñā-āyatana, is always impure (sāsrava). For the other three, one can single out: the ākāśānantya-āyatana is sometimes impure (sāsrava) and sometimes pure (anāsrava). If it is impure, this ākāśāyatana contains four impure aggregates (sāsrava-skandha); if it is pure, it contains four pure aggregates. It is the same for the vijñānānantya-āyatana and the ākiṃcanya-āyatana.

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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Vijñānānantyāyatana or Viññāṇānañcāyatana or Viññāṇañcāyatana (Tib: rnam shes mtha' yas; Jpn: 識無辺処 shiki mu hen jo) "Sphere of Infinite Consciousness". In this sphere formless beings dwell meditating on their consciousness (vijñāna) as infinitely pervasive. Total life span on this realm in human years - 40,000 Maha Kalpa. This is realm is place 5,580,000 Yodun above the Plane of Infinite Space(Akasanknayathanaya)

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vijñānānantyāyatana (विज्ञानानन्त्यायतन).—(= Pali viññāṇānañcāy°), (1) nt. stage of infinity of consciousness: as 2d of the stages of arūpāvacara gods, Mvy 3111; Dbh 34.13; as 2d of four arūpya samāpatti, Mvy 1493; Karmav 47.21; as con- dition of the 5th vimokṣa, Mvy 1515; as condition of the 8th abhibhvāyatana, Mvy 1527; as 6th sattvāvāsa, Mvy 2294; abbreviated in a cpd. to vijñāna, Bbh 49.17—18, see naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñā°; (2) m. pl., = next: Suv 86.11.

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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. 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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