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Āsīna, aka: Asina; 4 Definition(s)


Āsīna means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Āsīna can be transliterated into English as Asina, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Āsīna (आसीन) refers to one of the twelve types of lāsya, or “gentle form of dance” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 20. It is also known by the name Āsīnapāṭhya. These various lāsya are presented as a specific type of dramatic play (nāṭya) similar to that of the Bhāṇa type

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āsīna (आसीन).—One of the ten type of lāsyāṅga, or ‘elements of the gentle dance’;—In it the lady sits with the body contracted (i.e., without gesticulation), being full of anxiety and grief. There is no instrumental music. Abhinava explains that when there is overpoweri ng grief the character sits down giving up gesticulation. It is devoid of the playing of the four-fold musical instruments and the song of the ladies therein is extremely delicate due to the (prominence of the) kākali note which attracts the mind. It is useful everywhere in pathos and the like. It has consequents such as lying down, contemplation, gaze turned downward, etc.

Source: svAbhinava: Abhinavagupta’s Treatment of the lāsyāṅgas

about this context:

Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism


Āsīna, (adj.) (pp. of ās, see āsati) sitting S. I, 195 = Nd2 136; Sn. 1105, 1136; Dh. 227, 386; J. I, 390; III, 95; V, 340; VI, 297; Dāvs II. 17. (Page 116)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

āsīna : (pp. of āsati) sat; seated; sitting.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

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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