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vyākaraṇa


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(Skt.).

1 Explanation, elucidation, or analysis, particularly with reference to points of doctrine.

2 The science of grammar.

3 A prediction or prophecy, used especially in Mahāyāna sūtras with reference to the prediction given by a Buddha to a Bodhisattva who has just embarked on the path. The prediction often details the Bodhisattva's future deeds, his achievement of enlightenment (bodhi) and his eventual name as a Buddha.

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