Patihariya, Pāṭihāriya, Pātihāriya: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Marvel (pātihāriya).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'miracle', marvel.

Three marvels are ascribed to the Buddha:

  • the marvel of magic (iddhi-p.),

  • the marvel of mind-reading (ādesanā-p.) and

  • the marvel of instruction (anusāsanī-p.).

In D.11, the Buddha says that he sees danger in the first two and therefore abhors them.

In A.III.61, the 'marvel of instruction' is called the one 'more noble and sublime'.

For iddhi-pātihāriya, see D.25.

See also yamakapātihāriya.

context information

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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pāṭihāriya : (nt.) a miracle; an extraordinary event.

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

Pāṭihāriya, (adj.) (grd. formation fr. paṭi+hṛ (paṭihāra) with usual lengthening of paṭi to pāṭi, as in °desanīya, °mokkha etc. Cp. pāṭihīra; BSk. prātihārya) striking, surprising, extraordinary, special; nt. wonder, miracle. Usually in stock phrase iddhi°, ādesanā°, anusāsanī° as the 3 marvels which characterise a Buddha with regard to his teaching (i.e. superhuman power, mind reading, giving instruction) D. I, 212; III, 3 sq.; S. IV, 290; A. I, 170; V, 327; Ps. II, 227.—Further: Vin. I, 34 (aḍḍhuḍḍha° sahassāni); Vism. 378, 390 (yamaka°); VvA. 158 (id.); PvA. 137 (id.). For yamaka-pāṭihāriya (or °hīra) see yamaka.—Two kinds of p. are given at Vism. 393, viz. pākaṭa° and apākaṭa°.—sappāṭihāriya (with ref. to the Dhamma) wonderful, extraordinary, sublime, as opposed to appāṭi° plain, ordinary, stupid M. II, 9 (where Neumann, Majjhima Nikāya II. 318 translates sa° “intelligible” and a° “incomprehensible, ” referring to Chāndogyopaniṣat I. 11, 1); D. II, 104; cp. also Windisch, Māra 71.

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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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