Samanera, aka: Sāmaṇera; 4 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Literally, 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.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms
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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)

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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.

Source: Amaravati: Glossary

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's 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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