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Aranya

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aranya
阿蘭若阿練若空閑 (Skt; Jpn arannya, arennya, or kugen )

    A secluded place of retirement for Buddhist practice. To concentrate on their Buddhist practice, monks lived in a quiet place such as a forest, with few distractions and far from human habitation. Aranya means forest, wilderness, or a foreign or distant land. In the Chinese version of Buddhist scriptures, aranya is interpreted as "a deserted and quiet place," "an empty and silent place," etc.

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