Vipaka, aka: Vipāka; 18 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Vipāka (विपाक) refers to an after-taste which emerges after digestion, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Vipāka (विपाक) refers to a property of medicinal drugs, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). Accordingly, “the Rasa, Vīrya and Vipāka of the drugs should be noted (studied) carefully. [...] Vipāka indicates the richness of the properties after use of such drugs or a better metabolic end product may be equated with Vipāka”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Vipāka (विपाक):—After the digestion in gastro intestinal tract is over, the ingredients of food (‘Rasas’) undergo metabolism once again. This metabolic end- product is called ‘Vipāka’(Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya Sūtrasthāna 9/20). This indicates that ‘Vipāka’ is the end product of the action of ‘Bhūtāgnis’. In other words to say, ‘Bhūtāgnipāka’ itself produces ‘Vipāka’ and therefore, ‘Vipāka’ in general, stands for intermediary metabolism.

At the end of ‘Bhūtāgnipāka’, three groups of metabolites are formed: Madhura, Amla and Kaṭu. Guru (‘heavy’) is another name for Madhura whereas Laghu (‘light’) includes remaining two i.e., Amla and Kaṭu. These groups are called ‘Vipākas’.

Effects of ‘Vipāka’ on the formation of ‘Doṣas’ are as follows:

  1. Madhura-vipāka promotes ‘Kapha’,
  2. Amla-vipāka promotes ‘Pitta’
  3. and Kaṭu-vipāka promotes the formation of ‘Vāta’

Also see the Carakasaṃhitā Sūtrasthāna 26/61,62.

Effects of this stage of metabolism may be of manifold. Some products may be used for tissue synthesis whereas the others may be used for the purpose of energy.

Source: Cogprints: Concepts of Human Physiology in Ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Vipāka is a medical term used in Ayurveda meaning "transformatory" or "reactionary effect".

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The consequence and result of a past volitional action (kamma).Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

M (Effect).

The three vijjas: vision of former rebirths; vision and audition of beings living in other spheres; eradication of the kilesas.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

Vipaka means the results.

Also See Vipaka Cittas

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

'karma-result', is any karmically (morally) neutral mental phenomenon (e.g. bodily agreeable or painful feeling, sense-consciousness, etc. ), which is the result of wholesome or unwholesome volitional action (karma, q.v.) through body, speech or mind, done either in this or some previous life.

Totally wrong is the belief that, according to Buddhism, everything is the result of previous action. Never, for example, is any karmically wholesome or unwholesome volitional action the result of former action, being in reality itself karma.

On this subject s. titthāyatana, karma, Tab. I; Fund II. Cf. A. III, 101; Kath. 162 (Guide, p. 80).

Karma-produced (kammaja or kamma-samutthāna) corporeal things are never called kamma-vipāka, as this term may be applied only to mental phenomena.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

The phala-citta or fruit-consciousness;

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Vipāka (विपाक, “ripening cause”) refers to one of the six kinds of causes (hetu) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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)

the effect or result of kamma (the cause or action).

Source: Amaravati: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Vipāka (विपाक, “ripening”).—According to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8, “fruition is the ripening or maturing of karmas”.—What is meant by ripening /fruition (vipāka)? The maturing or rising of the karmas to yield distinctive and variegated fruits is ripening. What is the nature of results / experience from rise/ripening (vipāka) of the karmas? The nature of experience is similar to the name of the karma species e.g. knowledge obscuring karma will only cover the manifestation of knowledge.

What happens to karmas after fruition (vipāka)? They get dissociated from the soul after fruition (producing pleasant or miseryful experience). What is meant by dissociation (nirjarā)? Like the food consumed after digestion get excreted, similarly the karmas after fruition get excreted or dissociated from the soul. This is dissociation.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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vipāka : (m.) result; fruition; consequence of one's actions.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vipāka, (fr. vi+pac) fruit, fruition, product; always in pregnant meaning of “result, effect, consequence (of one’s action), ” either as good & meritorious (kusala) or bad & detrimental (akusala). Hence “retribution” (kamma°), reward or punishment. See on term e.g. Dhs. trsln introd. 2 XCIII; Cpd. 43. 249.—D. III, 150, 160, 176 sq.; S. I, 34, 57, 92 (kammassa); II, 128 (compar. vipākatara), 255 (id.); IV, 186 sq. 348 sq.; A. I, 48, 97 (sukha°, dukkha°), 134 (kamma°), 263; II, 34 (agga), 80, 112; III, 35, 172 (dānassa), 410 sq. (kāmānaṃ etc.), 436; IV, 303 (kamma°); V, 251; Sn. 653 (kamma°); Ps. II, 79 (dukkha°); Pv. I, 91; I, 107 & passim; Pug. 13, 21; Dhs. 431, 497, 987; Vbh. 16 sq. 73, 319, 326 sq. 334 (sukha°); Kvu 353 sq. 464 (kamma & vipāka); Nett 99, 161, 180 sq.; Tikp 27 (fourfold), 44, 48, 50, 292 (a° & sa°), 328 sq. (°tika), 350 sq.; Dukp 17; Vism. 177, 454 (fourfold), 456 (°viññāṇa), 538 (°paccaya), 545 sq.; VbhA. 17, 150 sq. (kusala° & akusala), 144, 177, 391; PvA. 50, 73, 77; Sdhp. 12, 73, 197, 235. (Page 627)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

vipāka (विपाक).—m S (Cooking or ripening.) Maturing, completing, perfecting. Ex. of compounds--anna-karma-jvara-daiva-dharma-adharma-dhānya-pāpa-puṇya-phala -buddhi-rōga-vipāka. Of these a few occur in order. 2 Cooked, matured, or perfected state: also the thing accomplished; the product or result.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vipāka (विपाक).—m Maturing, perfecting. The result. Fruition.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vipāka (विपाक).—

1) Cooking, dressing.

2) Digestion; रूपं चक्षुर्विपाकश्च त्रिधा ज्योतिर्विधीयते (rūpaṃ cakṣurvipākaśca tridhā jyotirvidhīyate) Mb.12.248.1; also bad digestion.

3) Ripening, ripeness, maturity, development (fig. also); अमी पृथुस्तम्बमृतः पिशङ्गतां गता विपाकेन फलस्य शालयः (amī pṛthustambamṛtaḥ piśaṅgatāṃ gatā vipākena phalasya śālayaḥ) Ki.4.26; वाचां विपाको मम (vācāṃ vipāko mama) Bv.4.42 'my mature, full-developed, or dignified words'.

4) Consequence, fruit, result, the result of actions either in this or in a former birth; अहो मे दारुणतरः कर्मणां विपाकः (aho me dāruṇataraḥ karmaṇāṃ vipākaḥ) K.354; ममैव जन्मान्तरपातकानां विपाकविस्फूर्जथुरप्रसह्यः (mamaiva janmāntarapātakānāṃ vipākavisphūrjathuraprasahyaḥ) R.14. 62; Bh.2.99; Mv.5.56.

5) (a) Change of state; कष्टं बतान्यदिव दैववशेन जाता दुःखात्मकं किमपि भूतमहो विपाकः (kaṣṭaṃ batānyadiva daivavaśena jātā duḥkhātmakaṃ kimapi bhūtamaho vipākaḥ) U.4.6. (b) An unexpected event or occurrence, a reverse, adverse turn of fate, distress, calamity; ईदृशानां विपाकोऽपि जायते परमाद्भुतः (īdṛśānāṃ vipāko'pi jāyate paramādbhutaḥ) U.3.3; विपाके घोरेऽस्मिन्नथ खलु विमूढा तव सखी (vipāke ghore'sminnatha khalu vimūḍhā tava sakhī) 4.12.

6) Difficulty, embarrassment.

7) Flavour, taste.

8) Withering, fading.

Derivable forms: vipākaḥ (विपाकः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vipāka (विपाक).—m. (Sanskrit and Pali id.), maturation, coming to fruition (of action): °ka-stha, of Buddhas, = vaipākika, q.v.; °ka-maheśākhya, see this; °ka-phalam Mvy 2276, one of the 5 phala, q.v. (2), expl. by iṣṭahetutvena in Sūtrāl. xvii.31 comm., in Bbh 102.19—20 by akuśalānāṃ dharmāṇām apāyeṣu vipāko vipacyate, kuśala-sāsravāṇāṃ sugatau; -karma-samādāna-hetuso-vipākaso-(for °śo; according to causes and results)-jñāna- LV 433.6; dattvā ca vipākāpratikāṅkṣī LV 181.2, not looking for ‘maturation’ i.e. recompense, reward (for the gift.)

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