Dhammadana, Dhammadāna, Dhamma-dana: 3 definitions



Dhammadana 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M (Gift (dana) of the teaching on reality (dhamma)). dhammadana is the noblest among practices of gift, as it lies in offering the knowledge of the dhamma to sentient beings.

When a bhikkhu gives a teaching on reality, it is meant for enabling others to cultivate a right understanding of their own lives. It thus helps them to better manage them so as to get beneficial results, even the supreme fruit: the realisation of nibbana.

context information

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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dhammadāna : (nt.) the gift of the Norm.

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

Dhammadāna refers to: gift of;

Note: dhammadāna is a Pali compound consisting of the words dhamma and dāna.

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context information

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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