Samanera, Sāmaṇera: 4 definitions


Samanera means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsLiterally, a small samana; a novice monk (nun) who observes ten precepts and who is a candidate for admission to the order of bhikkhus (bhikkhunis). See pabbajja.
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Source: Amaravati: Glossary

novice monk(s) Whereas a bhikkhu is a fully ordained monk who follows 227 precepts, a samanera is a 10 precept novice (who nevertheless wears the same ochre?coloured robes as the bhikkhus). In Thailand, the samanera stage is often reserved for those too young for full ordination.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sāmaṇera : (m.) a novice of a monk. Also see sāmaṇerī.

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

Sāmaṇera, (fr. samaṇa; cp. BSk. śrāmaṇeraka Divy 342) fem. °-rī a novice Vin. I, 62 sq.; IV, 121; S. II, 261; Miln. 2; VbhA. 383; are not present at the recital of the Pātimokkha Vin. I, 135; °pabbajjā ordination of a novice Vin. I, 82. °pēsaka superintendent of Sāmaṇeras Vin. II, 177; A. III, 275.—f. , also —°ā A. III, 276; as —°ī at Vin. I, 141. (Page 704)

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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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