Attattahasa, Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa, Aṭṭāṭṭahāsa, Atta-attahasa: 9 definitions


Attattahasa means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vajrayogini

Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa (अट्टट्टहास) is the name of the north-eastern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa is mentioned in the Saṃvarodaya-tantra as having various associative characteristics

tree (vṛkṣa) = Trivaṭa,
protector (dikpati) = Īśāna,
serpent (nāga) = Mahāpadma,
cloud (megha) = Ghana,
funeral monuments (caitya) = Cittavajra,
mountain (giri) = Mahendra.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Attattahasa in Jainism glossary
Source: Rare Sanskrit Words from the Commentary on the Bṛhat-kalpa-bhāṣya

Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa (अट्टट्टहास) refers to “raucous laughter”.— In his publication for the Journal of Jaina Studies, Yutaka Kawasaki collected in a non-definite list several rare Sanskrit words from Malayagiri’s and Kṣemakīrti’s commentaries on the Bṛhatkalpabhāṣya: a 6th century commentary on monastic discipline authored by Svetambara Jain exegete Saṅghadāsa. Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa is mentioned in Kṣemakīrti’s commentary on gāthā 2704 (v. 3 p. 761 l. 25).—(Cf. Aṭṭaṭṭa, Aṭṭahāsa)

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Attattahasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṭṭāṭṭahāsa (अट्टाट्टहास).—very loud laughter.

Derivable forms: aṭṭāṭṭahāsaḥ (अट्टाट्टहासः).

Aṭṭāṭṭahāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṭṭa and aṭṭahāsa (अट्टहास).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aṭṭāṭṭahāsa (अट्टाट्टहास):—[=aṭṭāṭṭa-hāsa] [from aṭṭa > aṭṭ] m. very loud laughter.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aṭṭāṭṭahāsa (अट्टाट्टहास):—[karmadharaya compound] m.

(-saḥ) Very violent laughter. E. aṭṭa and aṭṭahāsa.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa (अट्टट्टहास) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa.

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Attattahasa in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Attattahasa in Prakrit glossary
Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa (अट्टट्टहास) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Aṭṭaṭṭahāsa.

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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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