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Nissaya, aka: Nissāya; 5 Definition(s)


Nissaya means something in Buddhism, Pali. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Buddhism


Nissaya, (Sk. niśraya, of ni+śri, corresp. in meaning to Sk. āśraya) that on which anything depends, support, help, protection; endowment, resource, requisite, supply; foundation, reliance on (Acc. or —°) Vin. I, 58 (the four resources of bhikkhu, viz. piṇḍiyālopa-bhojanaṃ, paṃsukūla — cīvaraṃ, rukkhamūla — senāsanaṃ, pūtimuttabhesajjaṃ); II, 274, 278; D. III, 137, 141; A. I, 117; III, 271; IV, 353; V, 73; Sn. 753, 877; Nd1 108 (two n. : taṇhā° & diṭṭhi°), 190, cp. Nd2 s. v.; Nd2 397A (the requisites of a bhikkhu in diff. enumeration); Ps. II, 49 sq. , 58 sq. , 73 sq.; II, 220; Nett 7, 65; Vism. 12, 535. nissayaṃ karoti to rely on, to be founded on to take one’s stand in Sn. 800.—Cp. nissāya & nissita.

—kamma giving assistance or help, an (ecclesiastical) act of help or protection Vin. I, 49, 143, 325; II, 226; A. I, 99; Pv IV. 11 (so to be read at the 2 latter passages for niyassa°). —sampanna finding one’s strength in A. IV, 353. (Page 374)

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Nissāya, (prep. c, Acc.) (ger. of nissayati, Sk. *niśrāya, BSk niśritya, ni+śri) leaning on (in all fig. meanings) Nd2 368 (=upanissāya, ārammaṇaṃ ālambanaṃ karitvā). ‹-› 1. near, near by, on, at J. I, 167 (pāsānapiṭṭhaṃ), 221 (padumasaraṃ); PvA. 24 (bāhā), 134 (taṃ=with him). ‹-› 2. by means of, through, by one’s support, by way of J. I, 140 (rājānaṃ: under the patronage of the k.); IV, 137 (id.); II, 154 (tumhe); Miln. 40 (kāyaṃ), 253 (id.); PvA. 27 (ye=yesaṃ hetu), 154 (nadī° alongside of).—3. because of, on account of, by reason of, for the sake of J. I, 203 (amhe), 255 (dhanaṃ), 263 (maṃ); PvA. 17 (kiṃ), 67 (namaṃ), 130 (taṃ).—Cp. nissaya, nissita. (Page 374)

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

nissaya : (m.) 1. support; 2. protection; 3. that on which anything depends. || nissāya (ind.), by means of; by one's support; near by.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

about this context:

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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

'foundation'. The 2 wrong foundations of morality are

  • craving (tanhā-nissaya) and

  • views (ditthi-nissaya).

Hence there are two wrong bases of morality:

  • morality based on craving (tanhā-nissita-sīla) and

  • morality based on views (ditthi-nissita-sīla). (App.)

"'Based on craving' is that kind of morality which has come about by the desire for a happy existence, e.g.: 'O that by this morality I might become a godlike or heavenly being!' (A.IX.172). 'Based on views' is that morality which has been induced by the view that through the observation of certain moral rules purification may be attained" (Vis.M. I).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

(Foundation) nissaya, one of the 24 conditions (paccaya). Wrong f. of morality, s. nissaya. - f. of sympathy: sangaha-vatthu - f.-forming absorptions: pādaka-jjhāna; - f. of an Arahat's mentality: s. adhitthāna.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

taking dependence on ones Preceptor or Teacher. (See also Upajjhaaya; AAcariya)

Source: Access to Insight: The Bhikkhus Rules

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