Addhana, Addhāna: 3 definitions


Addhana 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.

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Addhana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

addhāna : (nt.) a long path, time, or journey; highroad.

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

Addhāna, (nt.) (orig. the Acc. of addhan, taken as nt. from phrase dīghaṃ addhānaṃ. It occurs only in Acc. which may always be taken as Acc. of addhan; thus the assumption of a special form addhāna would be superfluous, were it not for later forms like addhāne (Loc.) Miln.126; PvA.75 v. l. BB, and for cpds.) same meaning as addhan, but as simplex only used with reference to time (i. e. a long time, cp. VvA.117 addhānaṃ = ciraṃ). Usually in phrase atītaṃ (anāgataṃ etc.) addhānaṃ in the past (future etc.), e. g. D.I, 200; S.I, 140; A.V, 32; Miln.126 (anāgatamaddhāne for °aṃ); PvA.75 (v. l. addhāne). dīghaṃ addhānaṃ Pv.I, 105. Also in phrase addhānaṃ āpādeti to make out the length of time or period, i. e. to live out one’s lifetime S.IV, 110; J.II, 293 (= jīvitaddhānaṃ āpādi āyuṃ vindi C).

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context information

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

1) Addhāṇa (अद्धाण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Adhvan.

2) Addhāṇa (अद्धाण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Adhvan.

context information

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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