Bhadanta; 6 Definition(s)


Bhadanta 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 Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (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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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

(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).


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.

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Bhadanta (भदन्त) is a synonym for the Buddha according to the 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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