Gocara, aka: Go-cara; 8 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Gochara.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Spot whose we are experienced about. Spot that has already been used for something, spot where we are used to and which is convenient for doing something.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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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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India history and geogprahy

Gocara.—(EI 15; Chamba), pasture land. (LP), a tax for allowing cattle to graze in the pasture land. Note: gocara is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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gocara : (m.) pasture; fodder; food (in common); sense object; suitable place.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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

gōcara (गोचर).—m (S) An object of sense;--as sound, shape, color.

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gōcara (गोचर).—a (S) In comp. Perceived or perceivable by the mind or by an organ of sense. Ex. dṛṣṭigō- cara. karṇagōcara, indriyagōcara, manōgōcara.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gōcara (गोचर).—m An object of sense. a In comp. Perceivable by the mind or by an organ of sense.

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

Gocara (गोचर).—a.

1) grazed over by cattle.

2) frequenting, dwelling, resorting to, haunting पितृसद्मगोचरः (pitṛsadmagocaraḥ) Ku.5.77.

3) within the scope, power, or range of; अवाङ्मनसगोचरम् (avāṅmanasagocaram) R.1.15; so बुद्धि°, दृष्टि°, श्रवण° स्वगोचरे दीप्ततरा बभूव (buddhi°, dṛṣṭi°, śravaṇa° svagocare dīptatarā babhūva) Bu. Ch.1.13.

4) moving on earth.

5) accessible to, attainable; त्याग- सूक्ष्मानुगः क्षेम्यः शौचगो ध्यागोचरः (tyāga- sūkṣmānugaḥ kṣemyaḥ śaucago dhyāgocaraḥ) Mb.12.236.12.

6) circulating, having a particular meaning, prevalent. (-raḥ) 1 the range of cattle, pasturage; उपारताः पश्चिम- रात्रिगोचरात् (upāratāḥ paścima- rātrigocarāt) Ki.4.1.

2) (a) a district, department, province, sphere. (b) an abode, dwelling-place, a place of resort; Śi.1.21; Ms.1.39.

3) range of the organs of sense, an object of sense; श्रवणगोचरे तिष्ठ (śravaṇagocare tiṣṭha) be within ear-shot; नयनगोचरं या (nayanagocaraṃ yā) to become visible.

4) scope, range, in general; हर्तुर्याति न गोचरम् (harturyāti na gocaram) Bh.2.16.

5) (fig.) grip, hold, power, influence, control; कः कालस्य न गोचरा- न्तरगतः (kaḥ kālasya na gocarā- ntaragataḥ) Pt.1.146; गोचरीभूतमक्ष्णोः (gocarībhūtamakṣṇoḥ) U.6.26; Māl.5.24; अपि नाम मनागवतीर्णोऽसि रतिरमणबाणगोचरम् (api nāma manāgavatīrṇo'si ratiramaṇabāṇagocaram) Māl.1.

6) horizon.

7) field for action, scope; इन्द्रियाणि हयानाहुर्विषयांस्तेषु गोचरान् (indriyāṇi hayānāhurviṣayāṃsteṣu gocarān) Kaṭh.3.4.

8) the range of the planets from the Lagna or from each other. °pīḍā inauspicious position of stars within the ecliptic; गोचर- पीडायामपि राशिर्बलिभिः शुभग्रहैर्दृष्टः (gocara- pīḍāyāmapi rāśirbalibhiḥ śubhagrahairdṛṣṭaḥ) (pīḍāṃ na karoti) Bṛ.S.41.13. (gocarīkṛ to place within the range (of sight), make current).

Gocara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and cara (चर).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gocara (गोचर).—m., (1) as in Sanskrit, scope, range: Laṅk 1.11 svacitta-dṛśya-gocara-parijñāna-, knowledge of what has as its scope things perceptible to their own minds (Suzuki, …the objective world as the manifestation of their own Mind, which is not what the words say); pratyātma-gati- gocaram, what has as its scope the course of the individual self, Laṅk 4.16; 5.5; 7.8, 11; atra gambhīre buddha- gocare Śikṣ 174.9, in regard to this profound sphere (range, scope) of the Buddha(s); similarly tathāgatagocarābhirataḥ LV 180.13; dhyāna-gocarāṇāṃ…laukikasamādhīnāṃ LV 244.4; etc., common, but hardly transcending Sanskrit limits; (2) (also quite close to Sanskrit usage, but closer to Pali locutions), association, the range of persons with whom one associates; in comp. or parallel with ācāra, right con- duct; so also in Pali, ācāra-gocara-(dvandva! as all comms. agree; PTSD wrongly)-saṃpanna, perfect in conduct and personal associations, fully explained Vism. 17 f., where proper gocara is defined as avoiding the company of immoral persons, kings and courtiers, heretics, and im- pious families; so in SP 275.6 a Bodhisattva must be ācāra- gocara-pratiṣṭhita, fixed in (right) conduct and associations, which, as the following makes clear, means (besides good conduct, ācāra) avoidance of kings and courtiers, heretics, worldlings, or even followers of the Hīnayāna (276.1—11, in response to 275.11 katamaś ca…bodhisattvasya… gocaraḥ); in this sense, saṃtoṣaṇīyā me sabrahmacāriṇo, yad uta tena tenācāra-gocara-samudācāreṇeti nihatamāno bhavati (does samudācāra, as third member of the cpd., mean address, manner of speaking to people?) Śikṣ 150.21; probably also saṃgaṇikayāpi vivekagocaraḥ Śikṣ 202.20, even with company, he is in association with solitude, i.e. he is not contaminated or distracted by crowds; (3) (= Pali id.) sustenance, provisions, food; particularly used (as in Pali) of food for monks: supriyā śrāvastīm abhisam- [Page215-b+ 71] prasthitā gocaravyavalokanārthaṃ Av ii.9.1; (pātracī- varam ādāya) śrāvastīṃ gocarāya prasthitaḥ 114.9; gocara-grāma (= Pali °gāma), sustenance-village, a vil- lage where food is supplied to monks, Mv ii.123.19; 127.14; 129.1; 130.4; 131.4; LV 248.9 (read °grāmaṃ with ms. A for ed. °grāmāṃ); 255.3; 267.12; Av ii.145.3; 164.6. Cf. also gocarika (1).

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

Gocara (गोचर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. An object of sense, as sound, shape, colour, &c. 2. A. country, a district. 3. The house or mansion of a planet, or its presence in any sign which is that of a person’s nativity. 4. Pasturage. E. go an organ of sense, &c. and cara what goes, from car to go, nipātane ac aff.

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