Samanna, Sāmañña, Samaññā: 2 definitions


Samanna means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samanna in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

1) Sāmañña, 2 (nt.) (abstr. fr. samaṇa) Samaṇaship D. I, 51 sq.; III, 72, 245; M. I, 281 sq.; S. V, 25; A. II, 27=It. 103; Dh. 19 sq. , 311; DA. I, 158; Vism. 132; adj. , in accordance with true Samaṇaship, striving to be a samaṇa Miln. 18; Samaṇaship A. I, 142 sq.; Pv. II, 718 (explained at PvA. 104 as “honouring the samaṇas”).

2) Sāmañña, 1 (nt.) (abstr. fr. samāna) generality; equality, conformity; unity, company Miln. 163; SnA 449 (jāti° identity of descent), 449 (generality, contrasted to visesa detail), 548 (id.); VvA. 233 (diṭṭhi°, sīla°, equality). °-gata united D. II, 80; °-nāma a name given by general assent DhsA. 390. (Page 704)

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Samaññā, (f.) (saṃ+aññā) designation, name D. I, 202; II, 20; M. III, 68; S. II, 191; Sn. 611, 648; J. II, 65; Dhs. § 1306; loka° a common appellation, a popular expression D. I, 202. (Page 682)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Sāmaṇṇa (सामण्ण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Śrāmaṇya.

2) Sāmaṇṇa (सामण्ण) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Sāmānya.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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