Atthika, Aṭṭhika: 3 definitions


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Aṭṭhika (अट्ठिक) in Pali refers to a “corpse reduced to bone” and represents the ninth and last of the “nine horrible notions” (asubhasaññā), according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 35. These nine notions of the horrible eliminate the seven types of lust (saptavidha-rāga) in people. By means of the meditation on the nine notions [viz., Aṭṭhika], the minds of lust (rāga) are eliminated, but hatred (dveṣa) and delusion (moha) are also decreased. These nine notions eventually lead to the enjoyment of the eternal bliss of Nirvāṇa.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

atthika : (adj.) desirous of; seeking for.

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

1) Aṭṭhika, 2 at PvA. 180 (sūcik°) to be read aṭṭita (q. v.) for aṭṭika. (Page 16)

2) Aṭṭhika, 1 (nt.) (fr. aṭṭhi) 1. = aṭṭhi 1 a bone M. III, 92; J. I, 265, 428; VI, 404; PvA. 41.—2 = aṭṭhi 2 kernel, stone DhA. II, 53 (tāl°); Mhvs 15, 42.

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Atthika, (adj.) (cp. Sk. arthika) 1. (to attha1) profitable, good, proper. In this meaning the MSS show a variance of spelling either atthika or aṭṭhika or aṭṭhita; in all cases atthika should be preferred D. I, 55 (°vāda); M. II, 212 (aṭṭhita); A. III, 219 sq. (idaṃ atthikaṃ this is suitable, of good avail; T aṭṭhitaṃ, vv. ll. as above); Sn. 1058 (aṭṭhita; Nd2 20 also aṭṭhita, which at this pass. shows a confusion between aṭṭha and a-ṭhita); J. V, 151 (in def. of aṭṭhikatvā q. v.); Pug. 69, 70 (T aṭṭhika, aṭṭhita SS; expld. by Pug. A. V, 4 by kalyāṇāya).—2. (to attha1 2) desirous of (-°), wanting, seeking for, in need of (c. Instr.) A. II, 199 (uday° desirous of increase); Sn. 333, 460, 487 (puññ°), 987 (dhan° greedy for wealth); J. I, 263 (rajj° coveting a kingdom); V, 19; Pv. II, 228 (bhojan° in need of food); IV, 11 (kāraṇ°), 121 (khiḍḍ° for play), 163 (puññ°); PvA. 95 (sasena a. wanting a rabbit), 120; DA. I, 70 (atthikā those who like to). —anatthika one who does not care for, or is not satisfied with (c. Instr.) J. V, 460; PvA. 20; of no good Th. 1, 956 (“of little zeal” Mrs. Rh. D.).

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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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