Vinishcaya, Viniścaya: 11 definitions


Vinishcaya 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 Viniścaya can be transliterated into English as Viniscaya or Vinishcaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vinishchaya.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vinishcaya in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय) refers to the “teaching” (concerning conduct and Yoga), according to the Kularatnoddyota (verse 2.4cd-10).—Accordingly, “[The Śrīkula is] accomplished by the Command and, supremely divine, it is adorned with the lineage of the Śrīkrama. [...]  (Along with these things) I will tell you about the practice of the method of the Great Yoga correctly and as it truly is. (I will impart) the teaching concerning the extraction of mantras and that concerning the Ages, the aeons of the descent (of the teaching) and the rest (along with that concerning) conduct and Yoga (caryāyoga-viniścaya) and the characteristic mark of (true) Yoginīs”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Vinishcaya in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय) refers to “analysis (of the dharma)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “Then the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja, having praised the Lord with these verses, addressed himself to the Lord: ‘[...] If, Lord, the Tathāgata gives some advice (kathā) about the entrance into the analysis of the dharma (dharma-viniścaya) to me, I would ask a question. Why is that? The Lord, having obtained the knowledge of non-attachment (asaṅga), is skilled in knowing the excellent and not so excellent abilities in all living beings. The Lord, having obtained the light, is free from the all darkness (andhakāra). [...]’”.

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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»] — Vinishcaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय).—

1) Fixing, settling, ascertainment.

2) A decision, resolution.

Derivable forms: viniścayaḥ (विनिश्चयः).

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

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय).—m. (also nt. = Pali vinicchaya), philo- sophical, doctrinal exegesis or disquisition, discussion; also, a text containing this: gambhīram idaṃ śrāvakāṇāṃ vini- ścayam Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 236.3 (verse), acc. sg., this profound piece of exegesis for (the benefit of) śrāvakas; °ye vartamāne Avadāna-śataka i.47.8 and 334.19, loc. abs., while…was going on; tayā ca saha °yaṃ kurvanti ii.20.7, and engaged in philosophical con- versation with her; (yā dharmadeśanā sāṃkathya-)°ya- kriyā Bodhisattvabhūmi 218.26; dharmaviniścayena Udānavarga xix.1, by exegesis of the Doctrine (= Pali Dhammapada (Pali) 144, dhammavini- cchayena).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय).—m.

(-yaḥ) 1. Certainty, ascertainment. 2. Resolntion, decision. E. vi and niścaya certainty.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय).—i. e. vi-nis-ci + a, m. 1. Decision, Chr. 15, 6; resolution, [Sāvitryupākhyāna] 3, 10. 2. Certainty, Chr. 17, 31.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय).—[masculine] settled opinion or firm resolution concerning ([genetive] or —°).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय):—[=vi-niścaya] [from viniś-ci] m. deciding, settling, ascertainment, settled opinion, decision, firm resolve regarding ([genitive case] or [compound]), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc. (aṅga-v, the fixing or settling of a horoscope, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary])

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय):—[vi-niścaya] (yaḥ) 1. m. Certainty.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Viniścaya (विनिश्चय) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Viṇicchaya.

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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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