Carita, aka: Cārita; 9 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Charita.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

'nature, character'.

In Vis.M. III there are explained six types of men:

  • the greedy-natured (rāga-carita),

  • the hate-natured (dosa-carita),

  • the stupid or dull-natured (moha-carita),

  • the faithful-natured (saddhā-carita),

  • the intelligent-natured (buddhi-carita),

  • the ruminating-natured (vitakka-carita). - (App.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

On the 6 kinds of human character, s. carita.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

carita [carita] nature, temperament. Carita denotes the intrinsic nature of a human being. The six types of temperament are

  1. greedy temperament [rāga-carita],
  2. hateful temperament [doṣa-carita],
  3. dull temperament [moha-carita],
  4. devout temperament [śraddhā-carita],
  5. intellectual temperament [buddhi-carita],
  6. discursive temperament [vitarka-carita].

The six temperaments are combined with one another. The speculative temperament (dṛṣṭi carita) is added to them.

Source: DLMBS: Buddhānusmṛti

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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carita : (pp. of carati) walked or roamed about; behaved. (nt.) 1. character; behaviour; 2. life. || cārita (pp. of cāretvā), set going; pastured.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Carita, (pp. of cāreti, see cara & carati) 1. (adj.) going, moving, being like, behaving (-°) J. VI, 313; Miln. 92 (rāgac°=ratta); Vism. 105, 114 (rāga°, dosa°, moha°, etc.).—2. (nt.) action, behaviour, living Dh. 330 (ekassa c. living alone); Ps. I, 124; Miln. 178. See also carati 1b, 2b. Esp. frequent with su° and duc°: good, right, proper or (nt.) good action, right conduct & the opposite; e.g. sucarita Dh. 168, 231; PvA. 12, 71, 120; duccarita A. I, 146; II, 85, 141; III, 267, 352; D. III, 111. 214; Dh. 169, Sn. 665; Pv. I, 94 (°ṃ caritvā), etc. See also kāya° vacī° mano° under kāya. (Page 263)

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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Marathi-English dictionary

carita (चरित).—n See caritra.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Carita (चरित).—p. p. [car karmaṇi kta]

1) Wandered or roamed over, gone.

2) Performed, practised.

3) Attained.

4) Known.

5) Offered; Ś.4.21.

6) Acted, behaved; Ś.5.16.

-tam 1 Going, moving, course.

2) Acting, doing, practice, behaviour, acts, deeds; उदारचरितानाम् (udāracaritānām) H.1.7; सर्वं खलस्य चरितं मशकः करोति (sarvaṃ khalasya caritaṃ maśakaḥ karoti) 1.81.

3) Life, biography, adventures, history उत्तरं रामचरितं तत्प्रणीतं प्रयुज्यते (uttaraṃ rāmacaritaṃ tatpraṇītaṃ prayujyate) U.1.2; दिवौकसस्त्वच्चरितं लिखन्ति (divaukasastvaccaritaṃ likhanti) Ś.7.5; so दशकुमारचरितम् (daśakumāracaritam) &c.

4) Nature.

5) Fixed law, due or proper observance.

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Cārita (चारित).—a.

1) Caused to go.

2) Distilled &c.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Carita (चरित).—(nt.), (mathematical) operation, calculation, problem (in mathematics): (śākyakumāraśatāny…) apūr- vacaritaṃ samuddiśanti sma, bodhisattvaś cāsaṃmūḍho nikṣipati sma LV 147.1,…proposed an unheard-of (mathe- matical) problem… Tibetan rtsis, calculation. See also dhar- ma-carita.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Carita (चरित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Gone, gone to, attained. n.

(-taṃ) Fixed institute, proper or peculiar observance: see caraṇa. 2. Story, adventures. 3. Practice, behaviour. 4. Nature. E. car to go, affix kta.

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Cārita (चारित).—mfn.

(-taḥ-tā-taṃ) 1. Caused to go. 2. Distilled. E. car to go, causal form kta aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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