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.
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
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).
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
(Venerable, venerable person).(Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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
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
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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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 13 - Other epithets of the Buddha < [Chapter IV - Explanation of the Word Bhagavat]
Appendix 10 - The vows and actions of bhikṣu Nanda in previous lives < [Chapter VIII - The Bodhisattvas]
The Viśeṣacinti-brahma-paripṛcchā-sūtra < [Part 3 - Outshining the knowledge of all the Śrāvakas and Pratyekabuddhas]
Buddhist records of the Western world (Xuanzang) (by Samuel Beal)
Chapter 8 - Country of Fa-li-pi (Valabhi) < [Book XI - Twenty-three Countries]
Chapter 8 - Country of Kie-lo-na-su-fa-la-na (Karnasuvarna) < [Book X - Seventeen Countries]
Chapter 4 - Country of Kiu-shi-na-kie-lo (Kushinagara) < [Book VI - Four Countries]
The Natyashastra (by Bharata-muni)
The Buddhist Philosophy of Universal Flux (by Satkari Mookerjee)
Chapter XX - Self-cognition (Svasaṃvedanam) < [Part II - Logic and Epistemology]
Chapter III - Objections from the Point of View of Causation explained < [Part I - Metaphysics]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 2 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 20 - Dialectical criticisms of Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla (a.d. 760) < [Chapter XI - The Śaṅkara School of Vedānta (continued)]
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