Akasa-dhatu, aka: Ākāsa-dhātu, Ākāsa-dhātu; 3 Definition(s)

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Akasa-dhatu means something in 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Akasa-dhatu in Theravada glossaries]

'space element'; see above and dhātu.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Akasa-dhatu in Buddhism glossaries]

Space element (ākāsa-dhātu): Internal space elements includes bodily orifices such as

  • the ears,
  • nostrils,
  • mouth,
  • anus, etc.

Also see: Mahābhūta;

(Source): WikiPedia: Buddhism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Akasa-dhatu in Pali glossaries]

1) Ākāsa, 2 (nt.?) a game, playing chess “in the air” (sans voir) Vin.II, 10 = D.I, 6 (= aṭṭhapada-dasapadesu viya ākāse yeva kiḷanaṃ DA.I, 85). (Page 93)

2) Ākāsa, 1 (Sk. ākāśa fr. ā + kāś, lit. shining forth, i. e. the illuminated space) air, sky, atmosphere; space. On the concept see Cpd. 5, 16, 226. On a fanciful etym. of ākāsa (fr. ā + kassati of kṛṣ) at DhsA.325 see Dhs.trsl. 178. ‹-› D.I, 55 (°ṃ indriyāni saṅkamanti the sense-faculties pass into space); III, 224, 253, 262, 265; S.III, 207; IV, 218; V, 49, 264; J.I, 253; II, 353; III, 52, 188; IV, 154; VI, 126; Sn.944, 1065; Nd1 428; Pv.II, 118; SnA 110, 152; PvA.93; Sdhp.42, 464. —ākāsena gacchati to go through the air PvA.75 (āgacch°), 103, 105, 162; °ena carati id. J.II, 103; °e gacchati id. PvA.65 (cando). — Formula “ananto ākāso” freq.; e. g. at D.I, 183; A.II, 184; IV, 40, 410 sq.; V, 345.

—anta “the end of the sky”, the sky, the air (on °anta see anta1 4) J.VI, 89. —ānañca (or ânañca) the infinity ef space, in cpd. °āyatana the sphere or plane of the infinity of space, the “space-infinity-plane”, the sphere of unbounded space. The consciousness of this sphere forms the first one of the 4 (or 6) higher attainments or recognitions of the mind, standing beyond the fourth jhāna, viz. (1) ākās°, (2) viññāṇ’ānañc-āyatana (3) ākiñcaññ°, (4) n’eva saññānâsaññ°, (5) nirodha, (6) phala. — D.I, 34, 183; II, 70, 112, 156; III, 224, 262 sq.; M.I, 41, 159.; III, 27, 44; S.V, 119; Ps.I, 36; Dhs.205, 501, 579, 1418; Nett 26, 39; Vism.326, 340, 453; DA.I, 120 (see Nd2 under ākāsa; Dhs.265 sq.; Dhs.trsl. 71). As classed with jhāna see also Nd2 672 (sādhu-vihārin). —kasiṇa one of the kasiṇ’āyatanas (see under kasiṇa) D.III, 268; A.I, 41. —gaṅgā N. of the celestial river J.I, 95; III, 344. —gamana going through the air (as a trick of elephants) Miln.201. —cārika walking through the air J.II, 103. —cārin = °cārika VvA.6. —ṭṭha living in the sky (of devatā) Bu I.29; Miln.181, 285; KhA 120; SnA 476. —tala upper story, terrace on the top of a palace SnA 87. —dhātu the element of space D.III, 247; M.I, 423; III, 31; A.I, 176; III, 34; Dhs.638. (Page 93)

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