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

Addhan, (in cpds. addha°) (Vedic adhvan, orig. meaning “stretch, length”, both of space & time. — Cases: Nom. addhā, Gen. Dat. addhuno, Instr. addhunā, Acc. addhānaṃ, Loc. addhani; pl. addhā. See also addhāna) 1. (of space) a path, road, also journey (see cpds. & derivations); only in one ster. phrase J.IV, 384 =.V, 137 (pathaddhuno paṇṇarase va cando, Gen. for Loc. °addhani, on his course, in his orbit; expld. at IV.384 by ākāsa-patha-saṅkhātassa addhuno majjhe ṭhito and at.V, 137 by pathaddhagato addha-pathe gaganamajjhe ṭhito); Pv III, 31 (pathaddhani paṇṇarase va cando; Loc. same meaning as prec., expld. at PvA.188 by attano pathabhūte addhani gaganatala-magge). This phrase (pathaddhan) however is expld. by Kern (Toev. s. v. pathaddu) as “gone half-way”, i. e. on full-moon-day. He rejects the expln. of C. — 2. (of time) a stretch of time, an interval of time, a period, also a lifetime (see cpds.); only in two standard applications viz. (a) as mode of time (past, present & future) in tayo addhā three divisions of time (atita, anāgata, paccuppanna) D.III, 216; It.53, 70. (b) in phrase dīghaṃ addhānaṃ (Acc.) a very long time A.II, 1, 10 (dighaṃ addhānaṃ saṃsāraṃ); Sn.740 (dīghaṃ addhāna saṃsāra); Dh.207 (dīghaṃ addhāna socati); J.I, 137. Gen. dīghassa addhuno PvA.148 (gatattā because a long time has elapsed), Instr. dīghena addhunā S.I, 78; A.II, 118; PvA.28.

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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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