Bhavanga, Bhavāṅga, Bhavaṅga, Bhava-anga: 5 definitions



Bhavanga 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhavanga in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhavāṅga (भवाङ्ग) refers to the “members of existence” (e.g., the terrible miseries of worldly existence), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.3.—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogized Umā (Durgā/Satī) with devotion:—“[...] she who is the Tāmasika power of all the Gods, she who is visible in the Rājasika quality of the Creator, she who is heard by us as the benefactress and of the form of Śiva is eulogised here. Let us bow to her who is interested in residing on the Vindhya mountains; who is clever in the playful activity of affording protection to Aṣṭāṅga Yoga; who is devoid of cessation and who acts like a raft that enables the crossing of the ocean of worldly existence with its terrible miseries (i.e., karāla-bhavāṅga-duḥkha)”.

Purana book cover
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

life continuing;

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas


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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

[«previous next»] — Bhavanga in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhavaṅga : (nt.) the sub- consciousness.

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

Bhavaṅga refers to: constituent of becoming, function of being, functional state of subconsciousness, i.e. subliminal consciousness or subconscious life-continuum, the vital continuum in the absence of any process (of mind, or attention) (thus Mrs. Rh. D. in Expos. 185 n.), subconscious individual life. See on term Cpd. 26 sq. , 265—267; & cp. Dhs. trsl. 134.—J. VI, 82; Miln. 299 sq. ; Vism. 164, 676; DhsA. 72, 140, 269; DhA. I, 23; VbhA. 81, 156 sq. , 406.

Note: bhavaṅga is a Pali compound consisting of the words bhava and aṅga.

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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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