Sekha: 4 definitions



Sekha 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 TermsA "learner" or "one in training"; a noble disciple (ariya puggala) who has not yet attained arahantship.Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

a 'noble learner', a disciple in higher training, i.e. one who pursues the 3 kinds of training (sikkhā), is one of those 7 kinds of noble disciples who have reached one of the 4 supermundane paths or the 3 lower fruitions (s. ariya-puggala), while the one possessed of the 4th fruition, or Arahatta-phala, is called 'one beyond training' (asekha, lit. 'no more learner').

The worldling (puthujjana) is called 'neither a noble learner, nor perfected in learning' (n'eva-sekha-nāsekha). Cf. Pug. 23-25.

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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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sekha : (m.) a learner; one who is in the course of perfection.

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

Sekha, (& sekkha) (cp. Sk. śaikṣa; fr. siks, sikkhati) belonging to training, in want of training, imperfect Vin. I, 17, 248; III, 24; Dhs. 1016; one who has still to learn, denotes one who has not yet attained Arahantship D. II, 143; M. I, 4, 144; A. I, 63; Pug. 14; It. 9 sq. , 53, 71; Sn. 970, 1038=S. II, 47; definition A. I, 231; S. V, 14, 145, 175, 229 sq. , 298, 327; Nd1 493 (sikkhatī ti sekkho, etc.) =Nd2 689; VbhA. 328. s. pāṭipadā the path of the student M. I, 354; III, 76, 300; s. sīla the moral practice of the student A. I, 219 sq.; II, 6, 86 sq.; asekha not to be trained, adept, perfect Vin. I, 62 sq.; III, 24; Pug. 14 (=arahant). See asekha.

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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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