Iddhipada, Iddhipāda, Iddhi-pada: 5 definitions


Iddhipada 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)

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M (Firmly established powers). The four iddhipadas are: Will power; effort; consciousness; wisdom.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'roads to power' (or success) are the 4 following qualities, "for as guides, they indicate the road to power connected therewith; and because they form, by way of preparation, the roads to the power constituting the fruition of the path" (Vis.M. XII), namely: "concentration of intention (chanda-samādhi) accompanied by effort of will (padhāna-sankhāra-samannāgata), concentration of energy (viriya-samādhi) ... concentration of consciousness (citta-samādhi) ... and concentration of investigation (vimamsa-samādhi) accompanied by effort of will." As such, they are supermundane (lokuttara, i.e. connected with the path or the fruition of the path; s. ariyapuggala) But they are mundane (lokiya, q.v.) as predominant factors (adhipati; s. paccaya 3), for it is said: "Because the monk, through making intention a predominant factor, reaches concentration, it is called the concentration of intention (chanda-samādhi), etc." (Vis.M. XII).

"These 4 roads of power lead to the attaining and acquiring of magical power, to the power of magical transformation, to the generation of magical power, and to mastery and skill therein" (Pts.M. II. 205, PTS). For a detailed explanation, s. Vis.M. XII.

"Once the monk has thus developed and often practised the 4 roads to power, he enjoys various magical powers, ... hears with the divine ear heavenly and human sounds, ... perceives with his mind the mind of other beings ... remembers many a former existence ... perceives with the divine eye beings passing away and reappearing, ... attains, after the extinction of cankers, deliverance of mind and deliverance through wisdom, free from. cankers.... (S. LI, 2). For a detailed explanation of these 6 higher powers, s. abhiññā.

"Whosoever, o monks, has missed the 4 roads to power, he has missed the right path leading to the extinction of suffering; but whosoever, o monks, has reached the 4 roads to power, he has reached the right path leading to the extinction of suffering" (S. LI, 2).

See the chapter on Iddhipāda in The Requisites of Enlightenment by Ledi Sayadaw (WHEEL 169/172).

Source: Pali Kanon: A manual of Abhidhamma

Pali for 'means of accomplishments';

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).

Discover the meaning of iddhipada in the context of Theravada from relevant books on Exotic India

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Iddhipada in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

iddhipāda : (m.) basis of psychic power.

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

Iddhipāda refers to: constituent or basis of psychic power Vin. II, 240; D. II, 103, 115 sq. , 120; III, 77, 102, 127, 221; M. II, 11; III, 296; S. I, 116, 132; III, 96, 153; IV, 360; V, 254, 255, 259 sq. , 264 sq. , 269 sq. , 275, 285; A. IV, 128 sq. , 203, 463; V, 175; Nd1 14, 45 (°dhīra), 340 (°pucchā); Nd1 s. v.; Ps. I, 17, 21, 84; II, 56, 85 sq. , 120, 166, 174; Ud. 62; Dhs. 358, 528, 552; Nett 16, 31, 83; DhsA. 237; DhA. III, 177; IV, 32.

Note: iddhipāda is a Pali compound consisting of the words iddhi and pāda.

Pali book cover
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.

Discover the meaning of iddhipada in the context of Pali from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Let's grow together!

I humbly request your help to keep doing what I do best: provide the world with unbiased sources, definitions and images. Your donation direclty influences the quality and quantity of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual insight the world is exposed to.

Let's make the world a better place together!

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: