Kankha, Kankhā, Kaṅkhā, Kaṅkha: 11 definitions



Kankha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'doubt', may be either an intellectual, critical doubt or an ethically and psychologically detrimental doubt. The latter may either be a persistent negative skepticism or wavering indecision. Only the detrimental doubt (identical with vicikicchā, q.v.) is to be rejected as karmically unwholesome, as it paralyses thinking and hinders the inner development of man. Reasoned, critical doubt in dubious matters is thereby not discouraged.

The 16 doubts enumerated in the Suttas (e.g. M. 2) are the following: "Have I been in the past? Or, have I not been in the past? What have I been in the past? How have I been in the past? From what state into what state did I change in the past? - Shall I be in the future? Or, shall I not be in the future? What shall I be in the future? How shall I be in the future? From what state into what state shall I change in the future? - Am I? Or, am I not? What am I? How am I? Whence has this being come? Whither will it go?"

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kaṅkhā : (f.) doubt; uncertainty.

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

Kaṅkhā, (f.) (cp. Sk. kāṅkṣā) 1. doubt, uncertainty S. I, 181; III, 203 (dukkhe k. etc.; cp. Nd2 1); Sn. 541, 1149; °ṃ vinayati Sn. 58, 559, 1025; k. pahīyati Ps. II, 62; combined with vimati: D. I, 105; III, 116; S. IV, 327; V, 161; A. II, 79, 160, 185; DA. I, 274; with vicikicchā: S. IV, 350; Dhs. 425. Defined as = kaṅkhāyanā & kaṅkhāyitatta Nd21; Dhs. 425 (under vicikicchā). 3 doubts enumerated at D. III, 217; 4 in passages with vimati (see above); 7 at Dhs. 1004; 8 at Nd2 1 & Dhs. 1118; 16 at M. I, 8 & Vism. 518.—2. as adj. doubting, doubtful, in akaṅkha one who has overcome all doubt, one who possesses right knowledge (vijjā), in combinations akaṅkha apiha anupaya S. I, 181; akhila a. Sn. 477, 1059; Nd2I; cp. vitiṇṇa° Sn. 514; avitiṇṇa° Sn. 249, 318, 320 (=ajānaṃ); nikkaṅkha S. II, 84 (+nibbicikiccha).—3. expectation SA 183.—On connotation of k. in general see Dhs. trsl. p. 115 n1.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kāṅkhā (कांखा).—m C A naked stalk or stem; the bare culm. 2 fig. A leafless tree or shrub; a meagre lanky person &c.

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

kāṅkha (कांख).—f The armpit; a tendril. kākhā vara karaṇēṃ Plead bankruptcy. kākhā vājaviṇēṃ Exult or triumph. kākhēsa māraṇēṃ Take (one) under protection. Make off with. kākhēnta kaḷasā gāṃvānta vaḷasā To go about in quest of a thing which, if you only look about, is very near you.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kaṅkha (कङ्ख).—Enjoyment, fruition.

Derivable forms: kaṅkham (कङ्खम्).

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

Kaṅkha (कङ्ख).—m.

(-ṅkhaḥ) Enjoyment, fruition. E. kakhi to deride, ac aff.

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

Kaṅkha (कङ्ख):—n. (perhaps a combination of ka and kha), enjoyment, fruition, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Kaṅkha (कङ्ख):—n. Genuss [Śabdamālā im Śabdakalpadruma] Zwei Wörter (ka und kha) für eines genommen; vgl. [Chāndogyopaniṣad 4, 10, 5] unter 3. ka .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Kaṅkha (कङ्ख):—n. Genuss. Zu zerlegen in kaṃ kham.

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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 (even English!). 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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