Papphasa, Papphāsa: 3 definitions


Papphasa 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.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Papphāsa (पप्फास) is Pali for “lungs” (Sanskrit Pupphusa) refers to one of the thirty-substances of the human body according to the Visuddhimagga, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra mentions thirty-six substances [viz., papphāsa]; the Sanskrit sources of both the Lesser and the Greater Vehicles, physical substances are 26 in number while the Pāli suttas list thirty-once substances.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

papphāsa : (m.) the lungs.

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

Papphāsa, (nt.) (fr. sound-root * phu, not corresponding directly to Sk. pupphusa (cp. Geiger, P. Gr. § 34), to which it stands in a similar relation as *ghur (P.) to *ghar (Sk.) or phurati›pharati. From same root Gr. fusάw to blow and Lat. pustula bubble, blister; see Walde under pustula) the lungs D. II, 293; M. I, 185, 421; III, 90; Sn. 195=J. I, 146; Kh III, (cp. KhA 56); Miln. 26. (Page 413)

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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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