Lokayata, aka: Lokāyata, Loka-ayata; 4 Definition(s)
Lokayata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
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
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).
Languages of India and abroad
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
(-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
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.
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
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.
Starts with: Lokayatana.
Search found 24 books and stories containing Lokayata, Lokāyata, Loka-ayata, Loka-āyata; (plurals include: Lokayatas, Lokāyatas, ayatas, āyatas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 3 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 1 - The State of Philosophy in India before the Buddha < [Chapter V - Buddhist Philosophy]
Part 2 - Nyāya and Vaiśeṣika sūtras < [Chapter VIII - The Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Philosophy]
Part 6 - Yoga and Patañjali < [Chapter VII - The Kapila and the Pātañjala Sāṃkhya (yoga)]
Vinaya (3): The Cullavagga (by T. W. Rhys Davids)
The Tattvasangraha [with commentary] (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 1860 < [Chapter 22 - Lokāyata—Materialism]
Verse 1858-1859 < [Chapter 22 - Lokāyata—Materialism]
Kautilya Arthashastra (by R. Shamasastry)
Chapter 2 - Determination of the Place of Ānvīkṣakī < [Book 1 - Concerning Discipline]