Avijja, Avijjā: 4 definitions
Avijja means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
Avijjā (“Ignorance”); further s. paticcasamuppāda (1).Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
Ignorance (avijja) can, as we have seen, also be classified as a hindrance. There is ignorance with each akusala citta, ignorance is the root of all evil. Ignorance blinds us, it is a hindrance to kusala and to right understanding
One of the six Kamacchandas;
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).
General definition (in Buddhism)Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary
Sanskrit word is Avidya. Literally, it means darkness without illumination. Actually it refers to illusion without englightenment, i.e., the illusory phenomena for realities. Avidya is the first or the last of the Twelve Nidanas. Ignorance, karma and desire are the three forces that cause reincarnation.
Languages of India and abroad
Prakrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary
Avijja (अविज्ज) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Abīja.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+25): Moha, Avidya, Avijja Vagga, Avijja Sutta, Abija, Samyojana, Nivarana, Langi, Paticcasamuppada, Yathavalakkhana, Vijjagata, Ukkhittapaligha, Ditthasava, Raganusaya, Dvayatanupassana Sutta, Kamayoga, Kilesa, Nivrita, Pariyutthana, Anusaya.
Search found 49 books and stories containing Avijja, Avijjā; (plurals include: Avijjas, Avijjās). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
A Discourse on Paticcasamuppada (by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw)
Chapter 2 - Unwholesome Kammas < [Part 2]
Chapter 7 - What Is Avijja < [Part 1]
Chapter 3 - Five Causes In The Past < [Part 9]
Dhammapada (Illustrated) (by Ven. Weagoda Sarada Maha Thero)
Verse 63 - The Story of Two Pick-pockets < [Chapter 5 - Bāla Vagga (Fools)]
Verse 302 - The Story of the Monk from the Country of the Vajjis < [Chapter 21 - Pakiṇṇaka Vagga (Miscellaneous)]
Verse 242-243 - The Story of a Man Whose Wife Committed Adultery < [Chapter 18 - Mala Vagga (Impurities)]
The Doctrine of Paticcasamuppada (by U Than Daing)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 6 - Avijjā and Āsava < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Part 4 - The Doctrine of Causal Connection of early Buddhism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Part 9 - Upaniṣads and Buddhism < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Patipada (by Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno)
Buddha Desana (by Sayadaw U Pannadipa)
Chapter 3 - Two Root Defilements < [Part II - The Dependent Origination]
Chapter 8 - A Being < [Part II - The Dependent Origination]
Chapter 4 - Three Rounds In The Process Of Existence < [Part II - The Dependent Origination]