Akkhara: 3 definitions


Akkhara 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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

akkhara : (nt.) a letter; a syllable.

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

Akkhara, (adj.) (Vedic akṣara) constant, durable, lasting D.III, 86. As tt. for one of 4 branches of Vedic learning (D.I, 88) it is Phonetics which probably included Grammar, and is explained by sikkhā (DA.I, 247 = SnA 477) ‹-› pl. nt. akkharāni sounds, tones, words. citt’akkhara of a discourse (suttanta) having variety & beauty of words or sounds (opposed to beauty of thought) A.I, 72 = III, 107 = S.II, 267. Akkharāni are the sauce, flavour (vyañjana) of poetry S.I, 38. To know the context of the a° the words of the texts, is characteristic of an Arahant Dh.352 (C. is ambiguous DhA.IV, 70). Later: akkharaṃ a syllable or sound PvA.280 (called sadda in next line); akkharāni an inscription J.II, 90; IV, 7 (likhitāni written), 489; VI, 390, 407. In Grammar: a letter KAcc. 1.

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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

Akkhara (अक्खर) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Akṣara.

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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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