Majjha: 4 definitions


Majjha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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: Pali Proper Names

See Megha.

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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

majjha : (m.) the middle; the waist. (adj.), middle.

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

Majjha, (adj.) (Vedic madhya, cp. Lat. medius, Gr. mέssos, Goth. midjis=Ohg. mitti, E. middle) middle, viz. 1. of space: of moderate height D. I, 243 (contrasted with ucca & nīca).—2. of time: of middle age Sn. 216 (contrasted with dahara young & thera old).—3. often used adv. in Loc. majjhe in the middle; i.e. (a) as prep. in between, among (-° or with Gen.) Pv. I, 111, 114; J. I, 207 (sakuṇānaṃ); DhA. I, 182 (vasana-gāmassa); PvA. 11 (parisā°). majjhe chetvā cutting in half J. V, 387.—(b) in special dogmatic sense “in the present state of existence, ” contrasted with past & future existences (the latter combined as “ubho antā” at Sn. 1040). The explanation of majjhe in this sense is at Nd1 434: “majjhaṃ vuccati paccuppannā rūpā” etc. (similarly at Nd2 490).—Sn. 949 (in sequence pubbe majjhe pacchā), 1099 (id.); Dh. 348 (pure majjhe pacchato; i.e. paccuppannesu khandhesu DhA. IV, 63).—4. (nt.) majjhaṃ the middle DhA. I, 184 (tassa uramajjhaṃ ghaṃsentī). (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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Majjha (मज्झ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Madhya.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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