Anupassana, Anupassanā: 3 definitions


Anupassana 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'contemplation' - 4 fold: s. satipatthāna - 18 fold: s. vipassanā. - 7 fold:

"The seven contemplation's:

(1) Contemplating (formations) as impermanent, one abandons the perception of permanence. (2) Contemplating (them) as painful, one abandons the perception of happiness (to be found in them). (3) Contemplating (them) as not self, one abandons the perception of self. (4) Becoming dispassionate, one abandons delighting. (5) Causing fading away, one abandons greed. (6) Causing cessation, one abandons originating. (7) Relinquishing, one abandons grasping" (Pts.M. I, p. 58). -

See also Vis.M. XXI, 43; XXII, 114.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

anupassanā : (f.) 1. consideration; 2. realisation.

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

Anupassanā, (f.) (abstr. of anupassati, cf. Sk. anudarśana) looking at, viewing, contemplating, consideration, realisation S.V, 178 sq., Sn.p. 140; Ps.I, 10, 20, 96; II, 37, 41 sq., 67 sq.; Vbh.194. See anicca°, anatta°, dukkha°. (Page 39)

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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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