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Āryāvikalpapraveśanāmadhāraṇī (T. rnam par mi rtog par 'jug pa'i gzungs), or The Dhāraṇī “Entering into Nonconceptuality”, is a short Mahayana sutra that came to be particularly influential in Yogācāra circles.[1]

The Dharmachakra Translation Committee states:

The central theme of the sūtra is the attainment of the nonconceptual realm, reached through the practice of relinquishing all conceptual signs by not directing the mind toward them. The sūtra presents the progressive stages through which bodhisattvas can abandon increasingly subtle conceptual signs and eliminate the erroneous ideas that lead to the objectification of phenomena.[1]

And also:

A popular sūtra in both India and Tibet, The Dhāraṇī “Entering into Nonconceptuality” was particularly influential in Yogācāra circles. From an early period it was closely associated with the Five Treatises of Maitreya and is now widely considered a source text for Maitreya’s Dharmadharmatāvibhāga. At least two major Indian commentaries were composed on it: Kamalaśīla’s (ca. 740–95) Avikalpapraveśadhāraṇīṭīkā (Toh 4000), and a similarly titled work, now lost, by Śākyamitra (ca. ninth century). Renowned Yogācārins such as Sthiramati (ca. 510–70) and Ratnākaraśānti (ca. eleventh century) cited the sūtra in their commentarial works, the latter quoting it in his treatises on both sūtric and tantric scriptures.[1]

Title variants

  • Avikalpapraveśadhāraṇī (T. rnam par mi rtog par 'jug pa'i gzungs), The Dhāraṇī “Entering into Nonconceptuality”
  • Āryāvikalpapraveśanāmadhāraṇī (T. 'phags pa rnam par mi rtog par 'jug pa zhes bya ba'i gzungs), The Noble Dhāraṇī “Entering into Nonconceptuality”
  • Nirvikalpapraveśadhāraṇī



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 84000.png Dharmachakra Translation Committee (2023), The Dhāraṇī “Entering into Nonconceptuality”, 84000 Reading Room