Yathabhutajnana, Yathābhūtajñāna, Yathabhuta-jnana: 1 definition


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Yathābhūtajñāna (यथाभूतज्ञान) or Kṣayajñāna refers to the “knowledge conforming to reality” and represents one of the eleven “eleven knowledges” (jñāna), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 38. Accordingly, “the wisdom conforming to reality (yathābhūtajñāna) is a knowledge conforming exactly to reality and free of obstacles (apratihata) concerning the general characteristics (sāmānyalakṣaṇa) and specific characteristics (svalakṣaṇa) of all dharmas”.

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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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