Dakkha: 2 definitions


Dakkha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dakkha : (adj.) clever; able; skilled; dexterous.

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

1) Dakkha, 2 (nt.) (dakkha1+ya, see dakkheyya) dexterity, ability, skill J.III, 466. (Page 311)

2) Dakkha, 1 (adj.) (Vedic dakṣa=Gr. a)ri-dei/ketos & deciόs; dakṣati to be able; to please, satisfy, cp. daśasyati to honour, denom. fr. *dasa=Lat. decus honour, skill. All to *dek in Lat. decet to be fit, proper, etc. On var. theories of connections of root see Walde, Lat. Wtb. under decet. It may be that *deks is an intens. formation fr. *diś to point (see disati), then the original meaning would be “pointing, ” i.e. the hand used for pointing. For further etym. see dakkhiṇa) dexterous, skilled, handy, able, clever D.I, 45, 74, 78; III, 190 (+analasa) M.I, 119; III, 2; S.I, 65; Nd2 141 (+analasa & sampajāna); J.III, 247; DA.I, 217 (=cheka); Miln.344 (rūpadakkhā those who are of “fit” appearance). (Page 311)

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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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