Jenta, Jentā: 3 definitions


Jenta 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: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Jenta - A village in Magadha, the birthplace of Jenta Thera. ThagA.i.219.

2. Jenta - A thera. He was born in the village of Jenta as the son of a chieftain. He was thoughtful when young, and one day, having heard the Buddha preach, he entered the Order and soon became an arahant (Thag.vs.111; ThagA.i.219f). He was a devaputta in the time of Sikhi Buddha and offered him kinkirata flowers. Five kappas ago he was a king named Sattuttama. v.l. Sabbuttama. He is probably identical with Kakkarapupphiya of the Apadana (Ap.i.177).

3. See Jenta Purohitaputta

4. Jenta, Jenti: The daughter of a princely family of Licchavis in Vesali. The rest of her story resembles that of Abhirupa Nanda (q.v.), and she attained arahantship after hearing the Buddha preach. Thig.vs.21f; ThagA.27f.


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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism

Jenta (जेन्त) refers to a son of king Sujāta born to the concubine named Jentī: an ancient king from the Solar dynasty (sūryavaṃśa) and a descendant of Mahāsaṃmata, according to the Mahāvastu chapter II.32 of the Mahāsaṃghikas (and the Lokottaravāda­ school). Accordingly, as a Buddhist nun said to Sujāta’s concubine Jentī thus: “[...] your son [viz., Jenta] has no right to his father’s estate, not to speak of that of a king’s. It is those five boys, the sons of a noble woman, who have the right to their father’s kingdom and estate”.

Jenta possibly corresponds with Jantu as mentioned in the Dulva (the Tibetan translation of the Vinaya of the Sarvāstivādins). Accordingly, “In agreement with the Dulva, the Mahāvaṃsa-ṭīkā mentions only four sons of Okkāka (Ikṣvāku) who were banished from the country; the fifth is Jantu to whom the brothers have to give way”.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

jenta : (pr.p. of jeti) conquering.

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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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