Lokiya: 4 definitions


Lokiya 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: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines


are all those states of consciousness and mental factors - arising in the worldling, as well as in the Noble One - which are not associated with the supermundane (lokuttara; s. the foll.) paths and fruitions of sotāpatti, etc.

See ariya-puggala, A.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(Worldly) lokiya.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

lokiya : (adj.) worldly; mundane.

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

Lokiya, (& lokiyika) (adj.) (fr. loka; cp. Vedic laukika in meaning “worldly, usual”) 1. (ordinarily) “belonging to the world, ” i. e.—(a) world-wide, covering the whole world, famed, widely known Th. 1, 554; J. VI, 198. ‹-› (b) (-°) belonging to the world of, an inhabitant of (as lokika) Pv. I, 62 (Yama°).—(c) common, general, worldly Vism. 89 (samādhi); DhA. IV, 3 (°mahājana) PvA. 131 (°parikkhaka), 207 (sukha), 220 (°sabhāva). See also below 3.—2. (special meaning) worldly, mundane, when opposed to lokuttara. The term lokuttara has two meanings- viz. (a) in ordinary sense: the highest of the world, best, sublime (like lokagga, etc.), often applied to Arahantship, e.g. lokuttaradāyajja inheritance of Arahantship J. I, 91; DhA. I, 117; ideal: lokuttara dhamma (like parama dhamma) the ideal state, viz. Nibbāna M. II, 181; pl. l. dhammā M. III, 115.—(b) (in later canonical literature) beyond these worlds, supra-mundane, transcendental, spiritual. In this meaning it is applied to the group of nava lokuttarā dhammā (viz. the 4 stages of the Path: sotāpatti etc., with the 4 phala’s, and the addition of nibbāna), e.g. Dhs. 1094. Mrs. Rh. D. tries to compromise between the two meanings by giving lokuttara the translation “engaged upon the higher ideal” (Dhs. tsrl. Introd. p. 98), since meaning (b) has too much of a one-sided philosophical appearance. On term cp. Cpd. 913.—3. lokiya (in meaning “mundane”) is contrasted with lokuttara (“transcendental”) at many passages of the Abhidhamma, e.g. at Ps. II, 166; Dhs. 505, 1093, 1446; Vbh. 17 sq. , 93, 106, 128, 229 sq. , 271, 322; Kvu 222, 515, 602; Pug. 62; Tikp 41 sq. , 52 sq. , 275; Dukp 304, 324; Nett 10, 54, 67, 77, 111, 161 sq. , 189 sq.; Miln. 236, 294 (lokika), 390; Vism. 10, 85, 438; DA. I, 331; DhsA. 47 sq. , 213; VbhA. 128, 373; DhA. I, 76 (lokika); II, 150; III, 272; IV, 35. (Page 588)

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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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