Sikkha, Sikkhā: 4 definitions



Sikkha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hindi. 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: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

the 'training', which the Buddha's disciple has to undergo, is 3-fold:

  • training in higher morality (adhisīla-sikkhā)

  • in higher mentality (adhicitta-sikkhā)

  • in higher wisdom (adhipaññā-sikkhā)

This 3-fold training refers to the 3-fold division of the 8-fold Path (magga) in morality, concentration and wisdom (sīla, samādhi, paññā). In D. 16 and A.IV,1 it is said:

"It is through not understanding, not penetrating noble morality ... noble concentration ... noble wisdom ... noble deliverance that I, as well as you, have had for such a long time to pass through this round of rebirths.''

"This then is morality, this concentration, this wisdom, this deliverance. Being endowed with morality, concentration brings high fruit and blessing. Being endowed with concentration, wisdom brings high fruit and blessing. Being endowed with wisdom, the mind becomes freed from all cankers (āsava) namely, from the sensuous canker (kāmāsava), from the canker of existence (bhavasava) from the canker of opinions (ditthisava) from the canker of ignorance (avijjāsava).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sikkhā : (f.) study; discipline.

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

Sikkhā, (f.) (Vedic śikṣā) 1. study, training, discipline Vin. III, 23; D. I, 181; A. I, 238; S. II, 50, 131; V, 378; Dhs. 1004; VbhA. 344 (various).—sikkhaṃ paccakkhātaka one who has abandoned the precepts Vin. I, 135, 167; II, 244 sq. (cp. sikkhā-paccakkhāna Vin. II, 279, and sikkhaṃ apaccakkhāya Vin. III, 24; S. IV, 190; sikkhā apaccakkhātā, ibid.); tisso sikkhā S. III, 83; Ps. I, 46 sq.; Miln. 133, 237; Nd1 39; explained as adhisīla-, adhicitta-, and adhipaññā-sikkhā A. I, 234 sq.; Nett 126; with the synonyms saṃvara, samādhi & paññā at Vism. 274. ‹-› 2. (as one of the 6 Vedāṅgas) phonology or phonetics, combined with nirutti (interpretation, etymology) DA. I, 247=SnA 447.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sikkha (सिक्ख):—(nm) a Sikh (follower of Guru Nanak); —[dharma/paṃtha] the Sikh religion, Sikhism.

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