Abhida: 3 definitions


Abhida means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Pali-English dictionary

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

1) Abhida, 2 Only in the difficult old verse D.II, 107 (= S.V, 263 = A.IV, 312 = Nd 64 = Nett 60 = Divy 203). Aorist 3rd sg. fr. bhindati he broke. (Page 64)

2) Abhida, 1 (adj.) as attr. of sun & moon at M.II, 34, 35 is doubtful in reading & meaning; vv. ll. abhidosa & abhidesa, Neumann trsl. “unbeschränkt”. The context seems to require a meaning like “full, powerful” or unbroken, unrestricted (abhijja or abhīta “fearless”?”) or does abhida represent Vedic abhidyu heavenly? (Page 64)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhidā (अभिदा).—give.

Abhidā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms abhi and (दा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhidā (अभिदा):—[=abhi-dā] -√1. -dadāti, to give, bestow (for a purpose), [Mahābhārata iii, 13309.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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