Abhijjha, Abhijjhā: 4 definitions


Abhijjha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'of covetousness'; One of the four Ganthas;

'covetousness' is a synonym of lobha (s. mūla) and tanhā and is the 8th link of the unwholesome courses of action (s. kamma-patha, I).

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

abhijjhā : (f.) covetousness

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

Abhijjhā, (f.) (fr. abhi + dhyā (jhāyati1), cp. Sk. abhidhyāna), covetousness, in meaning almost identical with lobha (cp. Dhs. trsl. 22) D.I, 70, 71 (°āya cittaṃ parisodheti he cleanses his heart from coveting; abhijjhāya = Abl.; cp. DA.I, 211 = abhijjhāto); M.I, 347 (id.); D.III, 49, 71 sq., 172, 230, 269; S.IV, 73, 104, 188, 322 (adj. vigat’âbhijjha), 343 (°āyavipāka); A.I, 280; III, 92; V, 251 sq.; It.118; Nd1 98 (as one of the 4 kāya-ganthā, q. v.); Nd2 taṇhā II.1; Pug.20, 59; Dhs.1136 (°kāyagantha); Vbh.195, 244 (vigat’âbhijjha), 362, 364, 391; Nett 13; DhA.I, 23; PvA.103, 282; Sdhp.56, 69. — Often combined with °domanassa covetousness & discontent, e. g. at D.III, 58, 77, 141, 221, 276; M.I, 340; III, 2; A.I, 39, 296; II, 16, 152; IV, 300 sq., 457 sq.; V, 348, 351; Vbh.105, 193 sq. —anabhijjhā absence of covetousness Dhs.35, 62. — See also anupassin, gantha, domanassa, sīla. (Page 63)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Abhijjhā (अभिज्झा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Abhidhyā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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