Bhisi, Bhishi: 5 definitions



Bhisi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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: Sacred Texts: The Mahavagga

Bhisī (भिसी) (Pali; in Sanskrit: Bṛsī) refers to a “roll”, according to the Mahāvagga chapter 8.13.—Accordingly, “Now when the Blessed One had remained at Rājagaha as long as he thought fit, he went forth on his journey towards Vesālī. And the Blessed One, when on the high road between Rājagaha and Vesālī, saw a number of Bhikkhus smothered up in robes, they went along with robes made up into a roll (i.e., bhisī) on their heads, or on their backs, or on their waist. [...]”

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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

bhisi : (f.) cushion; a pad; a bolster.

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

1) Bhisi, 2 (etym. ?) a raft Sn. 21.—Andersen, Pali Reader, Glossary s. v. identifies it with bhisi1 and asks: “Could it also mean a sort of cushion, made of twisted grass, used instead of a swimming girdle?” (Page 505)

2) Bhisi, 1 (f.) (cp. Epic Sk. bṛṣī & bṛsī, with bh for b, as in Prk. bhisī, cp. Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 209) a bolster, cushion, pad, roll Vin. I, 287 sq. (cīvara° a robe rolled up); II, 150, 170; III, 90; IV, 279. Five kinds are allowed in a Vihāra, viz. uṇṇa-bhisi, cola°, vāka°, tiṇu°, paṇṇa°, i.e. bolsters stuffed with wool, cotton-cloth, bark, grass, or talipot leaves, Vin. II, 150=VbhA. 365 (tiṇa°).

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhiśī (भिशी).—f Messing together. See biśī.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bhiśī (भिशी).—f Messing together.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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