Nekkhamma, Nekkhama: 5 definitions


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Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsRenunciation; literally, "freedom from sensual lust." One of the ten paramis.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M Renunciation to the world, renunciation to pleasures. Dismissing, turning oneself aside from mundane things for leading a solitary life.

In this case, a solitary life doesnt mean to live remote from others company but simply no longer getting involved into human societys business, hence working for ones realisation.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'freedom from sensual lust', renunciation.

Though apparently from nir + Ö kram, 'to go forth (into the homeless state of a monk)', this term is in the Pāli texts nevertheless used as if it were derived from kāma, lust, and always as an antonym to kāma. It is one of the perfections (s. pāramī).

N. sankappa, thought free from lust, or thought of renunciation, is one of the 3 kinds of right thought (sammā-sankappa), the 2nd link of the Noble Eightfold Path (s. magga, 2), its antonym being kāmasankappa, lustful thought.

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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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nekkhamma : (nt.) giving up the world; renunciation.

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

Nekkhamma, (nt.) (formally a derivation fr. nikkhamma (ger. of nikkhamati)=Sk. *naiṣkramya, as shown also by its semantic affinity to nikkhanta, in which the metaphorical sense has entirely superseded the literal one. On the other hand, it may be a bastard derivation fr. nikkāma=Sk. *naiṣkāmya, although the adj. nikkāma does not show the prevailing meaning & the wide range of nikkhanta, moreover formally we should expect nekkamma. In any case the connection with kāma is pre-eminently felt in the connotation of n. , as shown by var. passages where a play of word exists between n. & kāma (cp. kāmānaṃ nissaraṇaṃ yad idaṃ nekkhammaṃ It. 61, cp. Vin. I, 104; A. III, 245; also M. I, 115). The use of the similar term abhinikkhamana further warrants its derivation fr. nikkhamati) giving up the world & leading a holy life, renunciation of, or emancipation from worldliness, freedom from lust, craving & desires, dispassionateness, self-abnegation, Nibbāna Vin. I, 18 (°e ānisaṃsa); D. I, 110 (id.), III, 239, 275, 283; M. III, 129; A. I, 147 (=khema, i.e. nibbāna); III, 245; IV, 186 (ānisaṃsa), 439 sq.; Sn. 424 (°ṃ daṭṭhu khemato); Dh. 181; Ps. I, 107 sq.; II, 169 sq.; Nd2 370; Vism. 116, 325; J. I, 19; 137; Vv 8442 (=nibbāna VvA. 348); Nett 53, 87, 106 sq.; Miln. 285 (°ṃ abhinikkhanta); DhA. III, 227; ThA. 266.

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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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