Bhadanta; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Bhadanta means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Bhadanta (भदन्त, “blessed sir”) refers to a specific “mode of address” (nāman) used in drama (nāṭya), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 19. Bhadanta is used to address Buddhist and Jain monks.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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(Venerable, venerable person).

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Bhadanta (भदन्त) is a synonym for the Buddha according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter IV). P’o t’an t’o (Bhadanta) in the language of Ts’in means “venerable one”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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India history and geogprahy

Bhadanta.—(IA 11; LL), a title of monks (Buddhist, Jain and Ājīvika); cf. Bhadatasa aya-Isipālitasa, ‘of the Reverend Lord Ṛṣipālita’; also cf. Bhadantī. Note: bhadanta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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bhadanta : (adj.) venerable; reverend. (m.) a venerable person.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Bhadanta, (Bhaddanta) (a secondary adj. formation from address bhaddaṃ (=bhadraṃ) te “hail to thee, " cp. “bhaddaṃ vo" under bhadda 1) venerable, reverend. mostly in Voc. as address “Sir, holy father" etc., to men of the Order. Voc. sg. bhadante S. I, 216 (v. l. bhaddante); Voc. pl. bhadantā DhA. III, 414.—A contracted form of bhadante is bhante (q. v.). Note. In case of bhadanta being the corresp. of Sk. *bhavanta (for bhavān) we would suppose the change v›d and account for dd on grounds of pop. analogy after bhadda. See bhante. The pl. Nom. from bhadantā is formed after bhadante, which was felt as a Voc. of an a —stem with —e for —a as in Prk. Māgadhī. (Page 497)

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

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Bhadanta (भदन्त).—[Uṇ.3.13]

1) A term of respect applied to a Buddhist; भदन्त तिथिरेव न शुध्यति (bhadanta tithireva na śudhyati) Mu.4.

2) A Buddhist mendicant (v. l. for bhadatta).

Derivable forms: bhadantaḥ (भदन्तः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhadanta (भदन्त).—(= Pali id., see below; used also in Sanskrit as address to Buddhist monks; AMg. bhayanta, app. in general application), venerable, reverend person; in Pali voc. °ta or °te, other forms as from stem °ta, see Childers; sometimes written in Pali bhaddanta, °te, etc.; acc. to PTSD derived from phrase bhadraṃ te (Sanskrit), a theory app. accepted by Lévi, since he translates (p. 108) Karmav 26.12 bhadanta (to Buddha) by la paix sur toi; in BHS often, but by no means always, refers to Buddha; °te, voc., Mv ii.194.11 (not to Buddha); so mss. in i.306.2, 4 (verses), addressed to a plurality, Senart em. °ta, which seems favored by meter (which however is difficult, text being corrupt); °ta, voc., addressed to Buddha, Mv iii.197.17; 198.1; acc. to Kern's SP Preface p. viii, often in Kashgar recension for bhagavan of Nepalese; Karmav 26.12; Bhīk 3a.3 etc.; Av i.2.15 etc.; to others, Divy 15.17 ff. (an elder); Bhīk 3b.4 (Ānanda); Bbh 153.14 (a bodhisattva); other than voc. forms, °taḥ, nom., Mvy 9220; Av i.244.8; °taṃ, acc., Divy 506.4; Jm 19.21; °tena Jm 106.18; °tasya Av i.263.4.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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. 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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