Ekasanika, Eka-asanika, Ekāsanika: 6 definitions


Ekasanika means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Ekāsanika (एकासनिक) refers to “the virtue of (eating during) one sitting” and represents one of the “twelve ascetic virtues” (dhūtaguṇa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 63). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ekāsanika). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Dhamma Dana: The 13 Ascetic Practices of Buddhist Monks

One of the Thirteen Dhutaygas.

The Pali word "ekasanika" means "the one who has the habit to eat at only one sitting spot".

"eka" = "alone, unique"; "ekasana" = "fact to eat at only one sitting spot"

When this practice is conveniently done, with steadiness and diligence, with the determination of not breaking it, we say that there is "ekasanikayga " (state of mind related to a daily meal at only one sitting spot).

As soon as the one who practises this dhutayga sits down to take his meal, as soon as he changes his spot, he no longer eats until the following day. In other parlance, he only takes one meal per day.

According to restrictions, there do exist three kinds of practitioners of the ekasanika dhutayga:

  1. ukkattha ekasanika, the noble practitioner of the ekasanika dhutayga
  2. majjhima ekasanika, the intermediate practitioner of the ekasanika dhutayga
  3. mudu ekasanika, the ordinary practitioner of the ekasanika dhutayga

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ekāsanika : (adj.) one who eats only once a day.

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

Ekāsanika refers to: one who keeps to himself Miln.20, 216; Vism.69.

Note: ekāsanika is a Pali compound consisting of the words eka and āsanika.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Ekāsanika (एकासनिक).—adj. (= Pali id.; BHS also aikā°), observing the rule of using the same seat (for eating his meal), one of the 12 dhūtaguṇa: Dharmas 63; AsP 387.5; MSV iii.122.5; aikā° Mvy 1132. See Pali Vism. i.69 for explanation.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ekāsanika (एकासनिक):—[from eka] mfn. having only one seat.

context information

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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