Bhikshuni, Bhikṣuṇī: 7 definitions


Bhikshuni 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.

The Sanskrit term Bhikṣuṇī can be transliterated into English as Bhiksuni or Bhikshuni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Bhikṣuṇī (भिक्षुणी) is a Sanskrit word referring to a Buddhist female nun. The male monk is called a bhikkhu.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bhikṣuṇī.—(EI 25; CII 3; LL), feminine form of Bhikṣu; ‘a Buddhist nun’; also called Śākya-bhikṣuṇī. Note: bhikṣuṇī is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhikshuni in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bhikṣuṇī (भिक्षुणी).—(= Pali bhikkhunī), nun: common every-where, e.g. Mahāvyutpatti 8447—8; 8718; Lalitavistara 89.7; 161.9; Mahāvastu iii.49.10 ff.; Divyāvadāna 160.7; 202.14; 552.8 ff.; Avadāna-śataka ii.11.2 ff.; Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 3a.1 etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhikṣuṇī (भिक्षुणी):—[from bhikṣ] f. a Buddhist female mendicant or nun, [Lalita-vistara; Divyāvadāna] ([Monier-Williams’ Buddhism 86]).

[Sanskrit to German]

Bhikshuni in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhikshuni in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bhikṣuṇi (ಭಿಕ್ಷುಣಿ):—[noun] a Buddhist nun.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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