Pokkhara: 3 definitions



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A musical instrument, or, perhaps, a divine musician. VvA.93; see also note on p.372.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pokkhara : (nt.) a lotus; lotus plant; the tip of an elephant's trunk; the trunk of a lute.

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

Pokkhara, (nt.) (cp. Vedic puṣkara, fr. pus, though a certain relation to puṣpa seems to exist, cp. Sk. puṣpapattra a kind of arrow (lit. lotus-leaf) Halāyudha 2, 314, and P. pokkhara-patta) 1. a lotus plant, primarily the leaf of it, figuring in poetry and metaphor as not being able to be wetted by water Sn. 392, 812 (vuccati paduma-pattaṃ Nd1 135); Dh. 336; It. 84.—2. the skin of a drum (from its resemblance to the lotus-leaf) S. II, 267; Miln. 261 (bheri°). As Np. of an angel (Gandhabba) “Drum” at Vv 189.—3. a species of waterbird (crane): see cpd. °sataka.—ṭṭha standing in water (?) Vin. I, 215 (vanaṭṭha+), 238 (id.).—patta a lotus leaf Sn. 625; Dh. 401 (=paduma —patta DhA. IV, 166); Miln. 250.—madhu the honey sap of Costus speciosus (a lotus) J. V, 39, 466.—vassa “lotus-leaf rain, ” a portentous shower of rain, serving as special kind of test shower in which certain objects are wetted, but those showing a disinclination towards moisture are left untouched, like a lotus-leaf J. I, 88; VI, 586; KhA 164; DhA. III, 163.—sātaka a species of crane, Ardea Siberica J. VI, 539 (koṭṭha+); SnA 359. Cp. Np. Pokkharasāti Sn. 594; Sn. p. 115; SnA 372. (Page 474)

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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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