Brahmacariya, Brahmacariyā, Brahma-cariya: 3 definitions



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Pali-English dictionary

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

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

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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.

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Note: brahmacariya is a Pali compound consisting of the words brahma and cariya.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Brahmacariya (ब्रह्मचरिय).—(= Pali id., Sanskrit °carya), chastity: Mahāvastu i.202.5 (verse, but °carya is metrical(ly) equally good and occurs in same verse ii.6.2).

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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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