Sunna, Suñña: 9 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Sunn.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

void (ness), empty (emptiness).

As a doctrinal term it refers, in Theravāda, exclusively to the anattā doctrine,.i.e. the unsubstantiality of all phenomena: "Void is the world ... because it is void of a self and anything belonging to a self" (suññam attena vā attaniyena vā; S. XXXV, 85); also stated of the 5 groups of existence (khandha, q.v.) in the same text.

See also M. 43, M. 106. - In CNidd. (quoted in Vis.M. XXI, 55), it is said: "Eye ... mind, visual objects ... mind-objects, visual consciousness ... mind-consciousness, corporeality ... consciousness, etc., are void of self and anything belonging to a self; void of permanency and of anything lasting, eternal or immutable.. They are coreless: without a core of permanency, or core of happiness or core of self." -

In M. 121, the voiding of the mind of the cankers, in the attainment of Arahatship, is regarded as the "fully purified and incomparably highest (concept of) voidness. -

See Sn.v.1119; M.121; M.122 (WHEEL 87); Pts.M. II: Suñña-kathā; Vis.M. XXI, 53ff.

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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

suñña : (adj.) empty; void.

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

Suñña, (adj.) (cp. Sk. śūnya, fr. Vedic śūna, nt. , void) 1. empty, uninhabited D. I, 17; II, 202; S. I, 180; IV, 173; DA. I, 110; Miln. 5.—2. empty, devoid of reality, unsubstantial, phenomenal M. I, 435; S. III, 167; IV, 54, 296; Sn. 1119; Nd1 439 (loka).—3. empty, void, useless M. I, 483; S. IV, 54, 297; Dāvs. V, 17; Miln. 96; Vism. 594 sq. (of nāmarūpa, in simile with suñña dāruyanta). suññasuñña empty of permanent substance Ps. II, 178; asuñña not empty Miln. 130.—nt. suññaṃ emptiness, annihilation, Nibbāna Vism. 513 (three nirodha-suññāni); Abl. °to from the point of view of the “Empty” Nd2 680 (long exegesis of suññato at Sn. 1119); Vism. 512; VbhA. 89, 261; KhA 74.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sunna (सुन्न):—m. Name of a man, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

[Sanskrit to German]

Sunna in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Sunna in Hindi refers in English to:—(v) to hear, to listen; to pay heed; (nm) hearing, audition; [suna-sunaya] hearsay, based on hearsay; [suni-anasuni karana] to pay no heed, to ignore..—sunna (सुनना) is alternatively transliterated as Sunanā.

2) Sunna (सुन्न) [Also spelled sunn]:—(a) still (ed); insensitive, benumbed, etherised; stupefied; —[paḍanā] to be benumbed/rendered insensitive; to be stupefied.

3) Sunnā (सुन्ना):—(nm) a zero cipher.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Suṇṇa (सुण्ण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Śūnya.

2) Sunna (सुन्न) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Śūnya.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Suṇṇa (ಸುಣ್ಣ):—

1) [noun] calcium oxide (CaO) obtained by the action of heat on limestone, shells, and other material containing calcium carbonate, and used in making mortar and cement; lime.

2) [noun] refined lime.

3) [noun] the act of whitening walls by washing with a mixture of lime; whitewashing.

4) [noun] ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಕಲ್ಲು [sunnada kallu] suṇṇada kallu a sedimentary rock consisting predominantly of calcium carbonate, varieties of which are formed from the organic remains of marine animals as molusks, coral, etc.; ಸುಣ್ಣದೆಲೆ [sunnadele] suṇṇadele a betel leaf applied with refined lime, for eating; ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಬೋಯಿ [sunnada boyi] suṇṇada bōyi a man who makes and sells lime; ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಗೂಡು [sunnada gudu] suṇṇada gūḍu a kiln where limestones are burnt to extract lime; a lime-kiln; ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಕಾಯಿ [sunnada kayi] suṇṇada kāyi a small, metal box with a lid, for refined lime used for applying on betel leaves; ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಕುಡಿಕೆ [sunnada kudike] suṇṇada kuḍike = ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಕಾಯಿ [sunnada kayi]; ಒಂದು ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ, ಒಂದು ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಸುಣ್ಣ [omdu kannige benne, omdu kannige sunna] ondu kaṇṇige beṇṇe, ondu kaṇṇige suṇṇa (prov.) the tendency to favour one person, faction etc. in preference to another, chiefly due to bias, prejudice; partiality.

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Sunna (ಸುನ್ನ):—[noun] gold.

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Sunna (ಸುನ್ನ):—[adjective] containing nothing; having nothing in it; empty.

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Sunna (ಸುನ್ನ):—[noun] the quality or state of being empty; emptiness.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Sunnā (सुन्ना):—n. 1. zero; nothing; 2. hollow; empty;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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