Payasi, Payāsi, Pāyāsi: 3 definitions


Payasi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names


A chieftain (rajanna) of Setavya, who lived on a royal domain gifted by Pasenadi. He held the view that there was no world other than this, no fruit of actions and no rebirth. But after a discussion with Kumara Kassapa, who was staying in the Simsapavana near by, he was convinced of the error of his views. Thereupon he instituted an almsgiving to all who sought his generosity. The gifts were, however, coarse and unpalatable. A young brahmin named Uttara, who came to the almsgiving and was passed over, spoke scornfully of the gifts. Hearing of this, Payasi appointed him to supervise the distribution. After death, Payasi was born among the Catummaharajika gods while Uttara was born in Tavatimsa.

Gavampati met Payasi in the deva world, and Payasi instructed him to teach men to give their gifts with thoroughness and with their own hands (D.ii.316ff.; VvA.297f., 331f). Payasi devaputta was also known as Serisakadevaputta because he lived in the Serisaka vimana. For details see Serisaka devaputta.

Payasi Vagga

The sixth chapter of the Vimana Vatthu.

Payasi Sutta

The twenty third sutta of the Digha Nikaya. It contains a discussion on rebirth and karma between Payasi and Kumara Kassapa in the Simsapavana at Setavya (D.ii.316ff).

The incidents mentioned in the sutta took place, according to Dhammapala (VvA. p.297), after the Buddhas death and the erection of thupas over his relics.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

payāsi : (aor. of payāti) went forward; set out; proceeded. || pāyāsi (aor. of pāyāti) set out; started; went forth.

Pali book cover
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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Payāsi (पयासि) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Prakāśin.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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