Avam, Avaṃ: 1 definition


Avam 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.

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

Avaṃ, (adv.) (Vedic avāk & avāṃ) the prep. ava in adv. use, down, downward; in C. often expld. by adho. Rarely absolute, the only passage found so far being Sn. 685 (avaṃ sari he went down, v. l. avasari, expld. by otari SnA 486). Opp. uddhaṃ (above, up high). frequent in cpd. avaṃsira (adj.) head downward (+ uddhaṃpāda feet up), a position characteristic of beings in Niraya (Purgatory), e.g. S. I, 48; Sn. 248 (patanti sattā nirayaṃ avaṃsirā = adhogata-sīsā SnA 290); Vv 5225 (of Revatī, + uddhaṃpāda); Pv IV. 146; J. I, 233 (+ uddhapāda); IV, 103 (nirayaṃ vajanti yathā adhammo patito avaṃsiro); Nd1 404 (uddhaṃpāda +); DhA. IV, 153 (gloss adhosira).—On avaṃ° cp. further avakkāra, avākaroti, avekkhipati. (Page 80)

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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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