Desana, Desanā, Deshana, Deśanā: 9 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Deśanā can be transliterated into English as Desana or Deshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
or Bhavana Sutta - On the psychic power, its basis, and the practice which leads to its cultivation (S.v.276). The sutta corresponds, word for word, with a passage in Asvaghosas Sutralankara.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
To perform desana, to a bhikkhu, is a means to purify his faults (apart from some parajikas and sanghadisesas) that he has committed on purpose or not.
To that sake, he "unveils" these faults by uttering a formula before in the presence of another bhikkhu who will, on his turn, will also unveil his own. Usually, the bhikkhus do it once a day. It is very essential to do desana just before the reading of the patimokkha so that all the bhikkhus do cultivate a pure sila at this very stage.
See also: The desanaSource: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
desanā, ‘Conventional’ (expression or truth).Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
'exposition' of the doctrine, may be either an exposition true in the highest sense (paramattha-desanā); or it may not be true in the highest, but only in the conventional sense (vohāra-desanā).
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).
India history and geogprahySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Deśanā.—Prakrit desanā (EI 21), exposition of the Buddhist doctrine. Note: deśanā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
desanā : (f.) discourse, sermon, preaching.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Desanā, (f.) (Sk. deśanā) 1. discourse, instruction, lesson S.V, 83, 108; J.III, 84; Pug.28; Nett 38; Vism.523 sq. (regarding Paṭiccasamuppāda); PvA.1, 2, 9, 11; Sdhp.213. 2. frequent in dhamma° moral instruction, exposition of the Dhamma, preaching, sermon Vin.I, 16; A.I, 53; II, 182; IV, 337 sq.; It.33; J.I, 106 etc. (a° gāminī āpatti), a Pārājika or Saṅghādisesa offence Vin.II, 3, 87; V, 187. Cp. Vin. Texts II.33.—3. (legal) acknowledgment Miln.344.—Cp. ā°.
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.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Deśanā (देशना).—f. Direction, injunction, laying down; सर्वास्वेव वैकृतीषु देशनासु प्राकृतं धर्मजातमपेक्ष्यते वाक्यशेषत्वेन (sarvāsveva vaikṛtīṣu deśanāsu prākṛtaṃ dharmajātamapekṣyate vākyaśeṣatvena) | ŚB. on MS.1.1.1.
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Deśanā (देशना).—[diś-ṇic yuc] Direction, instruction.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Deśana (देशन).—nt. (= °nā 2, q.v.), confession; see atyaya-d°.
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Deśanā (देशना) or Deśanatā.—(1) preaching, In dharma-d° Bbh 82.18; (2) confession: Bhad 12.
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Deśanā (देशना).—(= Pali des°; to Sanskrit or BHS deśayati plus anā), (1) preaching, in this sense Sanskrit, hardly specifically Buddh., but see °nā-pāṭha, dharma-d°, (°nā-)matsarin; also, deśanā dharmasya Mv i.42.10; 53.5; °nā naranāgānāṃ (= Buddhānāṃ) Mv i.168.4; deśanā-naya, the way of verbal instruction, in Laṅk 148.10 ff., 172.6, distinct from and inferior to siddhānta-(pratyavasthāna-)naya, the finally approved way, which is that of immediate personal realization, see Suzuki, Studies, 409 (where other citations of this depreciative use of deśanā in Laṅk); LaVallée Poussin, HJAS 3.137 ff.; (2) confession (so Pali, e.g. Jāt. v.379.22 desanaṃ paṭigaṇhanto; not in PTSD, Childers): °nā-parivarta Suv 20.1, Confession, title of Chap. 3; °nā- gāthāḥ 21.8; pāpa-d° Dharmas 14; °nādyaṃ tu pāpāder Sādh 72.13, et alibi; see also atyaya-d°; (3) see s.v. gaṇḍī (-deśanā).
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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Buddha Desana (by Sayadaw U Pannadipa)
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Abhidhamma in Daily Life (by Ashin Janakabhivamsa) (by Ashin Janakabhivamsa)
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The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 1847 < [Chapter 21 - Examination of the doctrine of ‘Traikālya’]
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