Macchariya: 6 definitions


Macchariya 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)

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Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

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Another dosa related cetasika is macchariya. It is stinginess. This cetasika makes citta not wanting the assumed ones own properties exposed to the assumed others. Issa can arise in both the poor and the rich and macchariya does the same. Rich and poor may be wealthiness, healthiness, beauty, avasa or home or place, origin or jati, mitta or friends and many other things.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'stinginess', avarice. "There are 5 kinds of stinginess, o monks; regarding the dwelling place, regarding families, regarding gain, regarding recognition, regarding mental things' (A.IX.49; Pug. 56).

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas


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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Google Books: The Fruits of True Monkhood

Macchariya (“stinginess”) in Buddhism refers to one of the sixteen upakilesa (subtle defilements).

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

macchariya : (nt.) avarice; niggardliness.

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

Macchariya, & Macchera (nt.) (cp. Epic Sk. mātsarya) avarice, stinginess, selfishness, envy; one of the principal evil passions & the main cause of rebirth in the Petaloka.—1. macchariya: A. I, 95, 299; III, 272; Dh. III, 44 (issā°), 289; Sn. 863 (°yutta), 928; Pug. 19, 23; Vbh. 357, 389, 391.—Five sorts of selfishness are mentioned: āvāsa°, kula°, lābha°, vaṇṇa°, dhamma° D. III, 234; Nd1 118, 227; A. IV, 456; Dhs. 1122 (cp. Dhs. tsrl. 2 p. 276); Vism. 683; DhsA. 373, 374. Selfishness is one of the evil conditions which have to be renounced as habits of mind by force of intelligence A. V, 40, 209; Miln. 289; PvA. 87, 124.—2. macchera A. I, 105 (°mala), 281; Dh. 242; It. 18; Nd1 260; Sdhp. 313, 510. At A. II, 58 and elsewhere the state called vigata-mala-macchera “with the stain of avarice vanished, ” is frequent mentioned as a feature of the blameless life and a preparation for Arahantship.—Note. The (etym.) explanation of macchariya at VbhA. 513 is rather interesting: “idaṃ acchariyaṃ mayhaṃ eva hotu, mā aññassa acchariyaṃ hotū ti pavattattā macchariyan ti vuccati” (from the Purāṇas? ). (Page 514)

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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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