Attavada, Attavāda, Attan-vada: 3 definitions


Attavada 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: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M (Self inherent entity (atta); conviction (vada)). Idea according to which we exist by ourselves.

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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

attavāda : (m.) the theory of soul.

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

Attavāda refers to: theory of (a persistent) soul D. III, 230; M. I, 66; D. II, 58; S. II, 3, 245 sq. ; III, 103, 165, 203; IV, 1 sq. , 43 sq. , 153 sq. ; Ps. I, 156 sq. ; Vbh. 136, 375. For var. points of an “attavādic” doctrine see Index to Saṃyutta Nikāya.

Note: attavāda is a Pali compound consisting of the words attan and vāda.

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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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