Appamada, aka: Appamāda; 4 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Heedfulness; diligence; zeal. The cornerstone of all skillful mental states, and one of such fundamental import that the Buddhas stressed it in his parting words to his disciples: "All fabrications are subject to decay. Bring about completion by being heedful!" (appamaadena sampaadetha).Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

'zeal', non-laxity, earnestness, diligence, is considered as the foundation of all progress.

Just as all the footprints of living beings are surpassed by the footprint of the elephant, and the footprint of the elephant is considered as the mightiest amongst them, just so have all the meritorious qualities zeal as their foundation, and zeal is considered as the mightiest of these qualities'' (A. X, 15).

Cf. the Chapter on Zeal (Appamāda Vagga) in Dhp., and the Buddha's last exhortation: "Transient are all formations. Strive zealously!" (appamādena sampādetha: D. 16) - In the commentaries, it is often explained as the presence (lit. 'non-absence') of mindfulness (satiyā avippavāsa).

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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Pali-English dictionary

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appamāda : (m.) vigilance; earnestness.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Appamāda, (a + pamāda) thoughtfulness, carefulness, conscientiousness, watchfulness, vigilance, earnestness, zeal D.I, 13 (: a. vuccati satiyā avippavāso DA.I, 104); III, 30, 104 sq., 112, 244, 248, 272; M.I, 477 (°phala); S.I, 25, 86, 158, 214; II, 29, 132; IV, 78 (°vihārin), 97, 125, 252 sq.; V, 30 sq. (°sampadā), 41 sq., 91, 135, 240, 250, 308, 350; A.I, 16, 50. (°adhigata); III, 330, 364, 449; IV, 28 (°gāravatā) 120 (°ṃ garu-karoti); V, 21, 126 (kusalesu dhammesu); Sn.184, 264, 334 (= sati-avippavāsa-saṅkhāta a. SnA 339); It.16 (°ṃ pasaṃsanti puññakiriyāsu paṇḍitā), 74 (°vihārin); Dh.57 (°vihārin, cp. DhA.I, 434); 327 (°rata = satiyā avippavāse abhirata DhA.IV, 26); Dāvs II. 35; KhA 142. (Page 57)

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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