Dayaka, Dāyaka: 10 definitions


Dayaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M (Donor). Benefactor of the sangha. The dayaka is a person who regularly helps bhikkhus in their practice, study and teaching of the dhamma.

To do so, he offers, according to his capabilities, to one or several bhikkhus, what they need. A bhikkhu can make his needs known to a dayaka only if the later has expressly requested the former to inform him of his requirements. A dayaka could also perfectly well offer some food, robes, soap, a lodging, a pagoda or anything else enabling others to come to know or know the dhamma.

See also: The dayakas and the kappiyas

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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

dāyaka : (m.) giver; supporter.

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

Dāyaka, (Sk. dāyaka, as in dadāti & dāna) (adj.) giving, bestowing, distributing, providing (usually —°); (n.) a donor, benefactor; a munificent person M.I, 236 sq.; A.I, 26, 161; II, 64, 80; III, 32, 336; IV, 81; Sn.p. 87; It.19 (ito cutā manussattā saggaṃ gacchanti dāyakā); J.V, 129 (kaṇḍa°); Pv.I, 11 sq.; 12; 42; 55; DA.I, 298; PvA.113 (=dada); Miln.258 (°ānaṃ dakkhiṇā); Sdhp.276.—f. dāyikā Vin.II, 216 (bhikkhā°), 289 (khīrassa).—adāyaka a stingy person, one who neglects almsgiving (cp. adānasīla) Pv.I, 119; f. °ikā Pv.I, 93. (Page 319)

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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

dāyaka (दायक) [or दायी, dāyī].—a S That gives, bestows, confers, yields, renders. In comp. as sukhadāyaka, duḥkhadā0, śubhadā,0 kalyāṇadā,0 sampattidā,0 maṅgaladā,0 mōkṣadā0. 2 (Poetry.) Liberal, munificent. 3 An heir.

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

dāyaka (दायक).—a That gives, bestows, con. fers, &c. In comp. as sukhadāyaka (Poetry) Liberal, munificent.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dāyaka (दायक).—a. (-yīkā f.) [दा-ण्वुल् (dā-ṇvul)] Giving, granting, bestowing, &c. (at the end of comp.); उत्तर°, पिण्ड° (uttara°, piṇḍa°), &c.

-kaḥ 1 An heir, inheritor.

2) A donor.

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

Dāyaka (दायक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Liberal, giving, a donor. E. to give, ṇvul aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dāyaka (दायक).—1. [feminine] yikā giving, granting, imparting, effecting, producing (mostly —°).

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Dāyaka (दायक).—2. [adjective] heir, kinsman.

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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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