Yacana, Yācanā, Yācana: 15 definitions
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Alternative spellings of this word include Yachana.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Yācanā (याचना, “prayer”) refers to one of the two types of invitation, by which the Bodhisattvas address to the Buddhas, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 13. The Bodhisattvas (accompanying the Buddha at Rājagṛha on the Gṛdhrakūṭaparvata) excelled in inviting innumerable Buddhas.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Yācanā (याचना, “begging”) refers to one of the hardships (parīṣaha), or “series of trials hard to endure” according to the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra 10.1 (Incarnation as Nandana). While practicing penance for a lac of years, Muni Nandana also endured a series of trials hard to endure (e.g., yācanā). Nandana is the name of a king as well as one of Mahāvīra’s previous births.Source: HereNow4U: Tattvartha Sutra
Yācanā (याचना, “begging”) refers to one of the hardships (parīṣaha) mentioned in the Tattvartha Sutra 9.9.—Yācanā denotes begging. One belonging to the monastic order has to go for alms for all his requirements inclusive of food and water. Begging may be easy for beggars, but it is hard for others. That may even be humiliating. To adopt begging as a part of monastic code, in spite of its humiliating aspect, is called Yācanā-parīṣaha.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
yācana : (nt.) begging; entreaty.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Yācanā, (f.)=yācana; J. III, 354=Miln. 230; J. V, 233, 404. (Page 552)
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Yācana, (dt.) (fr. yāc) begging, asking, entreaty J. III, 353; SnA 161 (iṅghā ti yācan’atthe nipāto) 551 (id.); PvA. 113 (=sādhuka).
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.
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
yācana (याचन).—n (S) yācanā f (S) Begging, petitioning, beseeching.
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.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Yācana (याचन) or Yācanā (याचना).—[yāc-lyuṭ]
1) Asking, begging, entreating, soliciting.
2) A request, an entreaty, a petition; याचना माननाशाय (yācanā mānanāśāya); बध्यतामभययाचनाञ्जलिः (badhyatāmabhayayācanāñjaliḥ) R.11.78.
Derivable forms: yācanam (याचनम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-nā) Asking, begging. E. yāc to ask, aff. yuc .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Yācanā (याचना).—[yāc + anā], [Causal.], f. Asking, soliciting, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 11, 78 (Calc. 77, where the Sch. takes it as n.).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Yācana (याचन).—[neuter] asking (also in marriage), begging for (—°).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Yācana (याचन):—[from yāc] n. begging, soliciting, asking (also in marriage), [Śārṅgadhara-paddhati; Sāhitya-darpaṇa; Vetāla-pañcaviṃśatikā]
2) Yācanā (याचना):—[from yācana > yāc] f. asking, soliciting, request, petition, entreaty for or solicitation of ([compound]), [Rāmāyaṇa; Kālidāsa etc.] (nām-√kṛ, to fulfil a request).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Yācanā (याचना):—(nā) 1. f. Asking, begging.
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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Full-text (+9): Yacanem, Yacanaka, Abhayayacana, Yacanata, Prayacana, Ayacana, Abhiyacana, Atiyacana, Kshama, Upayacana, Yachna, Yacaniya, Jivana, Yacanajivana, Vani, Yacita, Adhyeshana, Vandani, Nayacanaka, Saptavidhanuttarapuja.
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 4 - Triskandha (threefold practice): confession, commemoration, rejoicing < [Chapter XIII - The Buddha-fields]
Bodhisattva quality 27: excelled in inviting innumerable Buddhas < [Chapter XIII - The Buddha-fields]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Tattva 6: Saṃvara (methods of impeding karma) < [Appendix 1.4: The nine tattvas]
Part 17: Incarnation as Nandana < [Chapter I - Previous births of Mahāvīra]
Vinaya Pitaka (4): Parivara (by I. B. Horner)
Monks’ Analysis: on the Laying-Down-Where (Saṅghādisesa) < [1.1. Monks’ Analysis: on the Laying-Down-Where]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 39 - Different Families and Groups in Dharmāraṇya < [Section 2 - Dharmāraṇya-khaṇḍa]