Senasana, Senāsana: 3 definitions


Senasana 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'dwelling place', is one of the 4 requisites of the monk's life (s. sīla 4).

To be suitable for spiritual training, it should possess 5 advantages.

As it is said (A. X, 11): "But how, o monks, does the dwelling place possess 5 advantages?

  • Such a dwelling place is not too far, nor too near (to the village), is suitable for going (on almsround) and returning.

  • In the daytime it is not much crowded, and at night without noise and bustle.

  • One is not much molested there by gadflies, mosquitoes, wind, sun and creeping things.

  • While living there, the monk without difficulty obtains robes, almsfood, dwelling, and the necessary medicines.

  • There are elder monks living there, with great learning, well versed in the Message, masters of the Law (dhamma), of the Discipline (vinaya) and of the Tables of Contents (i.e. either the twofold Abhidhamma Matrix, or the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Pātimokkha; s. pātimokkha). And he approaches them from time to time, questions them, asks them for explanations, etc.

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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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

senāsana : (nt.) lodging; sleeping place.

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

Senāsana, (nt.) (sayana+āsana) sleeping and sitting, bed & chair, dwelling, lodging Vin. I, 196, 294, 356; II, 146, 150 (°parikkhāra-dussa); III, 88 etc.; D. II, 77; A. I, 60; It. 103, 109; DA. I, 208; J. I, 217; VbhA. 365 (=seti c’eva āsati ca etthā ti senāsanaṃ). See also panta.

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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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