Ayasmant, Āyasmant: 1 definition


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

Āyasmant, (adj.) (Sk. āyuṣmant, the P. form showing assimilation of u to a) lit. old, i.e. venerable; used, either as adj. or absolute as a respectful appellation of a bhikkhu of some standing (cp. the semantically identical thera). It occurs usually in Nom. āyasmā and is expld. in Nd by typical formula “piya-vacanaṃ garu°, sagārava-sappaṭissâdhivacanaṃ”, e.g. Nd1 140, 445; Nd2 130 on var. Sn. loci (e.g. 814, 1032, 1040, 1061, 1096).—frequent in all texts, of later passages see SnA 158; PvA. 53, 54, 63, 78.—See also āvuso. (Page 105)

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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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