Pindapata, aka: Piṇḍapāta, Pinda-pata; 7 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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(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).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Piṇḍapāta (पिण्डपात) refers to “begging for food” according to the 2nd century 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.

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India history and geogprahy

Piṇḍa-pāta.—(EI 25), food [for the Buddhist monks]. Note: piṇḍa-pāta is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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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

Piṇḍapāta (पिण्डपात).—m. (see pāta), or °pātra (the latter very often, esp. in mss., tho editors often em., compare Speyer Av i.13 note 1; Index to Divy suggests two different words, ‘often confused’, but note that even in the cliché list of [Page345-a+ 71] pariskāra, q.v., piṇḍapāta occurs as always in Pali, beside °pātra, the latter e.g. Suv 112.9; Śikṣ 41.18; Sukh 27.1; LV 2.22; also mss. at Av i.13.4 et alibi, Speyer, note ad loc.; it seems that both forms mean simply alms-food (-attainment, put into a monk's bowl), as is quite obvious in Pali, see Childers and PTSD, and in some BHS passages; the BHS °pātra was doubtless due to popular etym., association with pātra = Pali patta, bowl; tho secondary and unoriginal it occurs so often that it seems probably to have been used in BHS tradition, by the side of °pāta), food thrown into a monk's almsbowl; see also (besides s.v. pariṣkāra) s.v. paścādbhakta: °pāta Mvy 2374; 8571; 8581; 8591; 8671; Divy 188.24; 236.28; 262.23; 553.3, 10; 573.10; Jm 19.25; RP 29.13; Śikṣ 128.2, 8; 215.7; Prāt 500.4 ff. (so regularly in Prāt); Bhīk 23a.1; °pāta-cārika, living by alms-begging, RP 57.10 (= °pātika), °pātra, besides cases in cpds. cited above, Śikṣ 312.14; v.l. in Mvy 8571, 8581, 8591, above; ekapiṇḍapātreṇa Mv iii.225.10, 13, 21, with nothing but (a bowl of) almsfood.—See Rahder, Hobogirin 158.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Piṇḍapāta (पिण्डपात).—m.

(-taḥ) Collecting or giving alms.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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