Brahmacariya, aka: Brahmacariyā; 2 Definition(s)


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brahmacariyā : (f.) religious life; complete chastity.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Brahmacariya, (nt.) (brahma+cariya) a term (not in the strictly Buddhist sense) for observance of vows of holiness, particularly of chastity: good & moral living (brahmaṃ cariyaṃ brahmāṇaṃ vā cariyaṃ=brahmacariyaṃ KhA 151); esp. in Buddh. sense the moral life, holy life, religious life, as way to end suffering, Vin. I, 12, 19, renouncing the world, study of the Dhamma D. I, 84, 155; II, 106; III, 122 sq. , 211; M. I, 77, 147, 193, 205, 426, 463, 492, 514; II, 38; III, 36, 116; S. I, 38, 43, 87, 105, 154, 209; II, 24, 29, 120, 219, 278, 284 (°pariyosāna); III, 83, 189; IV, 51, 104, 110, 126, 136 sq. , 163, 253, V, 7 sq. , 15 sq. , 26 sq. , 54 sq. , 233, 262, 272, 352; A. I, 50, 168, 225; II, 26, 44, 185; III, 250, 346; IV, 311; V, 18, 71, 136; Sn. 267, 274 (vas-uttama), 566, 655, 1128; Th. 1, 1027, 1079; It. 28, 48, 78, 111; Dh. 155, 156, 312; J. III, 396; IV, 52; Pv. II, 913; DhA. IV, 42 (vasuttamaṃ); VbhA. 504.—brahmacariyaṃ vussati to live the religious life A. I, 115 (cp. °ṃ vusitaṃ in formula under Arahant II. A); °assa kevalin wholly given up to a good life A. I, 162; °ṃ santānetuṃ to continue the good life A. III, 90; DhA. I, 119; komāra° the religious training of a well-bred youth A. III, 224; Sn. 289.—abrahmacariya unchastity, an immoral life, sinful living M. I, 514; D. I, 4; Sn. 396; KhA 26.

—antarāya raping DhA. II, 52. —ânuggaha a help to purity A. I, 167; IV, 167; Dhs. 1348. —ûpaddava a disaster to religious life, succumbing to worldly desires M. III, 116. —vāsa state of chastity, holy & pure life; adj. living a pure life A. I, 253; J. III, 393; Kvu 93; DhA. I, 225. (Page 494)

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