Mokkha: 2 definitions



Mokkha 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.

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

mokkha : (m.) release; freedom; deliverance; the final release.

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

1) Mokkha, 2 (adj.) (fr. mukha 6; Vṛddhi form=*maukhya) the headmost, first, foremost, in series aggo seṭṭho m. uttamo A. II, 95, where the customary tradition reads pāmokkha (see under mahā & cp. Nd2 502A). (Page 541)

2) Mokkha, 1 (late Vedic & Epic Sk. mokṣa, fr. muc, see muñcati. Dhtp 539 mokkha=mocana; Dhtm 751= moca) 1. (lit.) release, freedom from, in bandhanā m. D. I, 73=M. I, 276.—2. (fig.) release, deliverance, salvation Vbh. 426 (jarā-maraṇa° from old age & death); DhA. I, 4 (°magga+sagga-magga, the way to heaven & salvation), 89, 90 (°dhamma=salvation) Mhvs 5, 61.—3. (lit.) (act.) letting loose, emission, uttering (of speech) J. I, 375.—4. it may (& prob. ought to) be taken as adj. (=*mokṣya, grd. of Caus. of muc) at Sn. 773 (añña°, either=1, as “deliverance for others, ” or=4, as “to be delivered by others. ” Bdhgh at SnA 516 gives both explanations: aññe mocetuṃ (na) sakkonti, kāraṇa-vacanaṃ vā etaṃ: aññena mocetabbā (na) honti). (Page 541)

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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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