Okkamati: 2 definitions

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

okkamati : (ava + kam + a) enters; falls into; comes on

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

Okkamati, (o + kamati fr. kram) lit. to enter, go down into, fall into. fig. to come on, to develop, to appear in (of a subjective state). It is strange that this important word has been so much misunderstood, for the English idiom is the same. We say “he went to sleep” , without meaning that he went anywhere. So we may twist it round and say that “sleep overcame him” , without meaning any struggle. The two phrases mean exactly the same ‹-› an internal change, or developement, culminating in sleep. So in Pali niddā okkami sleep fell upon him, Vin. I, 15; niddaṃ okkami he fell on sleep, asleep, DhA. I, 9; PvA. 47. At It. 76 we hear that a dullness developed (dubbaṇṇiyaṃ okkami) on the body of a god, he lost his radiance. At D. II, 12; M. III, 119 a god, on his rebirth, entered his new mother’s womb (kucchiṃ okkami). At D II 63 occurs the question “if consciousness were not to develop in the womb?” (viññāṇaṃ na okkamissatha) S. V, 283 “abiding in the sense of bliss” (sukha-saññaṃ okkamitvā). See also Pug. 13 = 28 (niyāma okk°, “he enters on the Path” ). ‹-› Caus. okkāmeti to make enter, to bring to S. IV, 312 (saggaṃ).—pp. okkanta. See also avakkamati. (Page 163)

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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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