Lokayata, aka: Lokāyata, Loka-ayata; 4 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Name of a branch of brahmin learning (D.i.11, etc.); the name signifies that which pertains to the ordinary view (of the world)- i.e., common or popular philosophy - much the same as lokakkhayika (popular philosophy). For a discussion of the word see Dial.i.166 72.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Lokāyata (लोकायत).—a. atheistical, materialistic.

-taḥ a materialist, an atheist, a follower of Chārvāka.

-tam materialism, atheism; (for some account see the first chapter of the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha).

Lokāyata is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms loka and āyata (आयत).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Lokāyata (लोकायत).—n.

(-taṃ) The system of atheistical philosophy taught by Charvaka. E. loka the world, āṅ before, yati to strive, aff. ac .

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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Pali-English dictionary

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Lokāyata refers to: what pertains to the ordinary view (of the world), common or popular philosophy, or as Rhys Davids (Dial. I. 171) puts it: “name of a branch of Brahman learning, probably Nature-lore”; later worked into a quâsi system of “casuistry, sophistry. ” Franke, Dīgha translation 19, translates as “logisch beweisende Naturerklärung” (see the long note on this page, and cp. Dial. I. 166—172 for detail of lokāyata). It is much the same as lok-akkhāy(ika) or popular philosophy. ‹-› D. I, 11, 88; Vin. II, 139; Sn. p. 105 (=vitaṇḍa-vādasattha SnA 447, as at DA. I, 247); Miln. 4, 10, 178; A. I, 163, 166; III, 223. Cp. BSk. lokāyata Divy 630, 633, and lokāyatika ibid. 619. See also Kern’s remarks at Toev. s. v.

Note: lokāyata is a Pali compound consisting of the words loka and āyata.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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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