Asmimana, Asmimāna, Asmi-mana: 6 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(lit.: 'I am'-conceit), 'ego-conceit', may range from the coarsest pride and self-assertion to a subtle feeling of one's distinctiveness or superiority that persists, as the 8th fetter (samyojana, q.v.), until the attainment of Arahatship or Holiness.

It is based upon the comparison of oneself with others, and may, therefore, manifest itself also as a feeling of inferiority or the claim to be equal (s. māna).

It has to be distinguished from 'ego-belief' (sakkāya-ditthi, q.v.) which implies a definite belief or view (ditthi) concerning the assumption of a self or soul, and, being the 1st of the fetters, disappears at attainment of Stream-Entry (sotāpatti; s. ariya-puggala).

"Even when the five lower fetters have vanished in a noble disciple, there is still in him, with regard to the five groups of clinging, a slight undiscarded measure of the conceit 'I am', of the will 'I am', of the proclivity 'I am' " (S . XXII, 89) . - s. māna.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

asmimāna : (m.) the pride of self; egotism.

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

Asmimāna, (asmi + māna) the pride that says “I am”, pride of self, egotism (same in B. Sk. e.g. Divy 210, 314) Vin. I, 3; D. III, 273; M. I, 139, 425; A. III, 85; Ps. I, 26; Kvu 212; DhA. I, 237. Cp. ahaṃ asmi. (Page 89)

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Asmimāna (अस्मिमान).—Self-conceit.

Derivable forms: asmimānaḥ (अस्मिमानः).

Asmimāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms asmi and māna (मान).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Asmimāna (अस्मिमान).—m. (= Pali id.), self-conceit, egotism: °naḥ Mahāvyutpatti 1949; Karmavibhaṅga (and Karmavibhaṅgopadeśa) 47.6; stem in composition Mahāvyutpatti 1601; Divyāvadāna 210.5; 314.21; Daśabhūmikasūtra 28.26; 48.11.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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