Yakana: 3 definitions



Yakana means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Yakana (यकन) is Pali for “liver” (Sanskrit Yakṛt) refers to one of the thirty-substances of the human body according to the Visuddhimagga, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra mentions thirty-six substances [viz., yakana]; the Sanskrit sources of both the Lesser and the Greater Vehicles, physical substances are 26 in number while the Pāli suttas list thirty-once substances.

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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

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

yakana : (nt.) the liver.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Yakana, (nt.) (fr. Gen. yaknaḥ or sec. stem yakan- of Vedic yakṛt; cp. Av. yākars; Gr. Qpar, Lat. jecur. In formation cp. P. chakana fr. Ved. śakṛt. ) the liver Kh III, ; M. I, 57, 421; D. II, 293; A. V, 109; Miln. 26; Vism. 257, 356; VbhA. 60, 240. The old n-stem is to be seen in cpd. yaka-peḷa (q. v.). (Page 545)

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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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