Avavadaka, Avavādakā: 3 definitions


Avavadaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A Licchavi girl.

Her father was a Nigantha who had come to Vesali to hold discussions and had there met a Niganthi whom he married. Avavadaka had three sisters, Sacca, Lola and Patacara and one brother Saccaka. The children learnt from their parents one thousand theses for discussion, and on the death of the parents the sisters became Paribbajakas. In the course of their wanderings, whenever they entered a city, they would set up at the city gate a jambu twig, as a challenge to anyone who might wish to hold a philosophic discussion with them.

In Savatthi, Sariputta accepted the challenge, and at the end of the discussion he converted them. They later became arahants. The story of their past is given in the Culla Kalinga Jataka. J.iii.1ff.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avavadaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Avavādaka (अववादक).—adj. (to avavadati; = Pali ovādaka), instructing, admonishing; m., instructor (in religion); nt. also used of a text: Divyāvadāna 48.26 yas teṣām ṛṣir avavādakaḥ; 385.8 °kānām agro; 493.5 (ko 'smākam) avavādaka ājñaptaḥ; 254.10 kulāvavādako, a family (religious) instructor, of a rich man; Gaṇḍavyūha 171.14 mahāyānasyāvavāda- kāni (are instructors in the Mahāyāna) mama kalyāṇami- trāṇi; nt., of a work, Rājāvavādakam, see this.

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

Avavādaka (अववादक):—[=ava-vādaka] [from ava-vad] m. a spiritual instructor, [Divyāvadāna]

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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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