Bhante: 4 definitions


Bhante means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsVenerable sir; often used when addressing a Buddhist monk.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M Term of calling that a bhikkhu utilises towards another bhikkhu (usually having a higher rank in seniority). Respectful way and substitute of a personal pronoun of the second person while addressing a bhikkhu.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhante : (voc. of bhadanta) Reverend Sir; O lord.

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

Bhante, (would correspond either to Sk. *bhavantaḥ (with ending °e as Māgadhism for °aḥ)=bhavān, or to P. bhadanta. In both cases we have a contraction. The explanation bhante=bhadante (bhadantaḥ) is advocated by Pischel, Prk. Gr. §§ 165, 366b, intimated also by Weber, Bhagavatī 156 n. 3 (unable to explain —e); the explanation bhante=bhavantah (see bhavaṃ) by Geiger, P. Gr. 983; hinted at by Weber Loc. cit. (bhavantaḥ=bhagavantaḥ)) Voc. of polite address: Sir, venerable Sir, used like bhadante. Either abs. as Voc. : Vin. I, 76; D. II, 154, 283; J. II, 111; III, 46; Miln. 19; or with another Voc. : Miln. 25; or with other oblique cases, as with Nom. D. I, 179; DhA. I, 62. with Gen. D. I, 179. (Page 498)

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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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