Appamanna, Appamaññā: 5 definitions


Appamanna 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)

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Part of the Sobhana Cetasikas. Appamanna is boundless, endless, limitless. It is putting a good will on satta pannatta like sattas, men, woman, deva, devi, brahma etc etc. They are karuna and mudita.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

The 4 'Boundless States', identical with brahma-vihāra.

Source: Pali Kanon: A manual of Abhidhamma

Pali for 'illimitable';

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

appamaññā : (f.) infinitude; a technical term including four qualities of mind, viz. love, pity, sympathy, and disinterestedness.

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

Appamaññā, (f.) (a + pamaññā, abstr. fr. pamāṇa = Sk. *pramānya) boundlessness, infinitude, as psych. t. t. appld. in later books to the four varieties of philanthropy, viz. mettā karuṃā muditā upekkhā i. e. love, pity, sympathy, desinterestedness, and as such enumd. at D.III, 223 (q. v. for detailed ref. as to var. passages); Ps.I, 84; Vbh.272 sq.; DhsA.195. By itself at Sn.507 (= mettajjhānasaṅkhātā a. SnA 417). See for further expln. Dhs.trsl. p. 66 and mettā. (Page 57)

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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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