Pindapata, aka: Piṇḍapāta, Pinda-pata; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Pindapata means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

(Food being offered to the bhikkhus (pinda); bowl (pata)) Fact to go to receive (concerning a bhikkhu) some food (within the bowl), while silently waiting in front of houses, holding the bowl in front of oneself, ready to lift up the lid as soon as someone comes close to oneself for offering food.

(Source): Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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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).

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Piṇḍapāta (पिण्डपात) refers to “begging for food” according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter VI. Accordingly, following a list of impure means of livelihood (aśuddhā-jīva), Śāriputra said to Śucimukhī:—“... As for me, I do not want any of these four impure ways of getting my food; I follow this pure way of livelihood (pariṣuddhā-jīva) which consists of begging my food (piṇḍapāta)”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

piṇḍapāta : (m.) a collection of alms.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Piṇḍapāta (पिण्डपात).—giving alms; Māl.1.

Derivable forms: piṇḍapātaḥ (पिण्डपातः).

Piṇḍapāta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms piṇḍa and pāta (पात).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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