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'''Nirvikalpa-jñāna''' (T. rnam par mi rtog pa'i ye she; C. wu fenbie zhi) refers to non-conceptual wisdom or direct knowing.
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'''Nirvikalpa-jñāna''' (T. rnam par mi rtog pa'i ye she; C. wu fenbie zhi) refers to non-conceptual wisdom or direct knowing. The term describes a key concept in the [[Yogacara]] school.
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[[Dan Lusthaus]] writes:
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:Yogācārins describe enlightenment as resulting from Overturning the Cognitive Basis ([[āśraya-parāvṛtti]]), i.e., overturning the conceptual projections and imaginings which act as the base of our cognitive actions. This overturning transforms the basic mode of cognition from consciousness (vi-jñāna, dis-cernment) into jñāna (direct knowing). The vi- prefix is equivalent to dis- in English - dis-criminate, dis-tinguish, dis-engage, dis-connect - meaning to bifurcate or separate from. Direct knowing was defined as non-conceptual (nirvikalpa-jñāna), i.e., devoid of interpretive overlay.<ref name=dan1>[http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/articles/intro.html What is and isn't Yogācāra]]</ref>
  
 
==Alternate translations==
 
==Alternate translations==
 
Alternate translations for this term are:
 
Alternate translations for this term are:
* Direct knowing (Lusthaus)<ref>[http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/articles/intro.html What is and isn't Yogācāra]]</ref>
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* Direct knowing (Lusthaus)<ref name=dan1/>
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 06:09, 14 February 2020

Nirvikalpa-jñāna (T. rnam par mi rtog pa'i ye she; C. wu fenbie zhi) refers to non-conceptual wisdom or direct knowing. The term describes a key concept in the Yogacara school.

Dan Lusthaus writes:

Yogācārins describe enlightenment as resulting from Overturning the Cognitive Basis (āśraya-parāvṛtti), i.e., overturning the conceptual projections and imaginings which act as the base of our cognitive actions. This overturning transforms the basic mode of cognition from consciousness (vi-jñāna, dis-cernment) into jñāna (direct knowing). The vi- prefix is equivalent to dis- in English - dis-criminate, dis-tinguish, dis-engage, dis-connect - meaning to bifurcate or separate from. Direct knowing was defined as non-conceptual (nirvikalpa-jñāna), i.e., devoid of interpretive overlay.[1]

Alternate translations

Alternate translations for this term are:

  • Direct knowing (Lusthaus)[1]

References


Further reading

  • Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University