Yakana; 3 Definition(s)
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.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
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.Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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.
Languages of India and abroad
yakana : (nt.) the liver.Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Appendix 3 - Thirty-two substances of the human body < [Chapter XXXII-XXXIV - The eight classes of supplementary dharmas]