Yonishas, Yoniśas: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Yoniśas can be transliterated into English as Yonisas or Yonishas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Yoniśas (योनिशस्) refers to “thorough (practice)”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “How then, son of good family, does the Bodhisattva collect all qualities of the Buddha by thorough practice (yoniśas-prayoga)? ‘Thorough (yoniśas)’ means the entrance into dependent origination. Why is that? As is the cause and conditions (hetupratyaya), thus the fruit (phala) is produced (abhinirvṛtta). The generosity (dāna) is the cause of great comforts (mahābhoga), and the Bodhisattva, having transferred that giving (tyāga) into omniscience (sarvajñatā), fulfils the perfection of giving (dānapāramitā). [...]

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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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Buddhist philosophy

Source: Google Books: The Treasury of Knowledge: Book six, parts one and two (philosophy)

Yoniśas (योनिशस्) or Yoniśovikalpa refers to “appropriate imaginations”, and represents a further explanation of the ten aspects of distracting false imagination (daśa-vikṣepa-vikalpa), according to Khewang Yeshe Gyatso, Exegetical Memorandum chapter 5 (Cf. Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkārakārikā, chapter 11). These [e.g., Yoniśas] are related to the imaginary nature (parikalpita). These ten are enumerated as aspects of false imagination which may be imputed in all sorts of contexts, and it is on this basis that the process of reification actually comes to partake of the imaginary nature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

yoniso : (adv.) wisely; properly; judiciously.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yoniśas (योनिशस्).—(see also a-yo°; from Sanskrit yoni with suffix śas; = Pali yoniso; often written °sas, °so; and m.c. °śa, °sa, °su), fundamentally, thoroughly, from the ground up: (1) as independent adv., Lalitavistara 37.12 (verse) nirīkṣathā yoniso imā dharmā; 188.19 (verse) yoniśa cintayiṣye; 418.13 °so manasikurvato; Mahāvastu i.4.7 °śo (? by dubious em.) viśo- dhetvā; Divyāvadāna 488.3 °śo bhāvayatā, instr. sg. pres. pple.; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 12.9 °śaḥ prayujyate; 59.4 (verse) saṃcintya yathābhūta yoniśaḥ; Kāśyapa Parivarta 52.2 °śo dharmaprayuktena; Kāraṇḍavvūha 61.11 yoniśaś (so read, text yo'niśañ!) ca manasikariṣyanti; 78.2 °śaś ca manasikurute; Daśabhūmikasūtra.g. 12(348).21 yonisu (or °śu; text yoniṣu by em.!) cintayāti; Bodhisattvabhūmi 395.10 °śo mana- sikurvan; Vajracchedikā 34.15 °śaś ca manasikariṣyanti; (2) in composition (tho often printed as a separate word in edd., it sometimes cannot be construed as such, and in all the following is best taken as [compound]; in Pali also often [compound], especially with manasikāra, also with citta) yoniśo-manasikāra, funda- mental mental comprehension or the like: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 309.9; Lalitavistara 348.1; 417.16; Mahāvastu iii.332.13, 16, 18; 333.2; 438.3; 440.10; Mahāvyutpatti 1641; 1680; Divyāvadāna 611.15; Avadāna-śataka ii.112.10; °manasīkāra Kāśyapa Parivarta 71.8; Sktized °manaskāra Lalitavistara 161.6 (prose); yoniśo- dharmapratyavekṣaṇatāyai Lalitavistara 33.3 (prose); dharmayoni- śaḥpratyavekṣaṇatayā Daśabhūmikasūtra 13.23 (prose). Others, see ayoniśas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Yoniśas (योनिशस्):—[=yoni-śas] [from yoni] ind. fundamentally, thoroughly, [Lalita-vistara]

2) [v.s. ...] wisely, [Divyāvadāna]

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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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