Vipashyin, aka: Vipaṣyin; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Vipaṣyin can be transliterated into English as Vipasyin or Vipashyin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Vipaśyin (विपश्यिन्) or “views of all kinds” is the name of a Buddha according to the according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“During the ninety-one kalpas from the Buddha P’i p’o che (Vipaṣyin) to the Buddha Kia chö (Kāśyapa), the Bodhisattva Śākyamuni accomplished the actions producing the thirty-two marks and, when he had accumulated (upacita) them, his six virtues (pāramitā) were perfected (paripūrṇa)”.

Vipaśyin was Buddha during the 91st kalpa, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XV).—Accordingly, “One thing that is difficult to find is a Buddha Bhagavat. It takes innumerable koṭi of kalpas to find one. In 91 kalpas, there have been only three Buddhas. [...] Before the good kalpa (bhadrakalpa), during the 91st kalpa, there was a Buddha called Vipaśyin, “views of all kinds”; [...]”.

According to the Mahāvadānasūtra, Buddha Vipaśyin had an “assistant” (upasthāyaka) named Aśoka.—Each Buddha had his assistant (upasthāyaka), a monk specially attached to his person, entrusted with fanning him, carrying his robe and bowl for alms-round, introducing visitors. The Sanskrit Mahāvadānasūtra has drawn up a list of the assistants who served the last seven Buddhas: [...] Aśoka for Vipaśyin [...]

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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