Taca; 5 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Taca (तच) is Pali for “skin” (Sanskrit Tvac) refers to one of the thirty-substances of the human body according to the Visuddhimagga, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32-34. The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra mentions thirty-six substances [viz., taca]; the Sanskrit sources of both the Lesser and the Greater Vehicles, physical substances are 26 in number while the Pāli suttas list thirty-once substances.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Pali-English dictionary

taca : (m.) skin; bark; hide.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Taca, (& taco nt.) (Vedic tvak (f.), Gen. tvacaḥ) 1. bark. ‹-› 2. skin, hide (similar to camma, denoting the thick, outer skin, as contrasted with chavi, thin skin, see chavi & cp. J. I, 146).—1. bark: M. I, 198, 434, 488; A. V, 5.—2. skin: often used together with nahāru & aṭṭhi (tendons & bones), to denote the outer appearance (framework) of the body, or that which is most conspicuous in emaciation: A. I, 50=Sdhp. 46; tacamaṃsâvalepana (+aṭṭhī nahārusaṃyutta) Sn. 194= J. I, 146 (where °vilepana); SnA 247; aṭṭhi-taca-mattâvasesasarīra “nothing but skin & bones” PvA. 201. ‹-› Of the cast-off skin of a snake: urago va jiṇṇaṃ tacaṃ jahāti Sn. 1, same simile Pv. I, 121 (=nimmoka PvA. 63).—kañcanasannibha-taca (adj.) of golden-coloured skin (a sign of beauty) Sn. 551; Vv 302=323; Miln. 75; VvA. 9.—valita-tacatā a condition of wrinkled skin (as sign of age) Nd2 252≈; Kh III, ; KhA 45; Sdhp. 102.

—gandha the scent of bark Dhs. 625; —pañcaka-kammaṭṭhāna the fivefold “body is skin, ” etc, subject of kammaṭṭhāna-practice. This refers to the satipaṭṭhānā (kāye kāy’ânupassanā: ) see kāya I. (a) of which the first deals with the anupassanā (viewing) of the body as consisting of the five (dermatic) constituents of kesā lomā nakhā dantā, taco (hair of head, other hair, nails, teeth, skin or epidermis: see Kh III, ). It occurs in formula (inducing a person to take up the life of a bhikkhu): taca-p-kammaṭṭhānaṃ ācikkhitvā taṃ pabbājesi J. I, 116; DhA. I, 243; II, 87, 140, 242. Cp. also Vism. 353; DhA. II, 88; SnA 246, 247; —pariyonaddha with wrinkled (shrivelled) skin (of Petas: as sign of thirst) PvA. 172; —rasa the taste of bark Dhs. 629, —sāra (a) (even) the best (bark, i.e. ) tree S. I, 70=90= It. 45;— (b) a (rope of) strong fibre J. III, 204 (=veṇudaṇḍaka). (Page 293)

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

ṭaca (टच).—n C The proper or the appointed time or period (of a work or an action): the season, the period of ripeness or readiness.

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ṭaca (टच).—f (Common amongst goldsmiths, esp. at Bombay. From Touch.) Quality of gold.

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ṭāca (टाच) [or टांच, ṭāñca].—f The heel. uñca ṭāca karūna vāgaṇēṃ or ṭācēlā mātī or maḷa na lāgū dēṇēṃ (To walk with elevated heel, so as to tread upon no dirty thing.) To conduct one's self heedfully and holily; to walk as "harmless and blameless."

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ṭācā (टाचा) [or टांचा, ṭāñcā].—a Short or scant--a garment &c. 2 Of deficient girth or width.

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ṭācā (टाचा) [or टांचा, ṭāñcā].—m A stitch. v māra, dē, ghē. ṭācā dēṇēṃ jibhēsa-pōṭāsa To restrain or tie up (the tongue from speaking, the belly from getting food).

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṭaca (टच).—n The proper or the appointed time or period. Quality of gold.

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ṭaca (टच) [-kan-kara-dinī-diśī, -कन्-कर-दिनी-दिशी].—ad Used with verbs of pricking, lancing, &c.

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ṭāca (टाच) [or ṭāñca, or टांच].—f The heel.

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ṭācā (टाचा) [or ṭāñcā, or टांचा].—a Short or scant. Of de- ficient girth or width.

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ṭācā (टाचा) [or ṭāñcā, or टांचा].—m A stitch v māra dē, ghē. ṭācā dēṇēṃ, jibhēsa-pōṭāsa To restrain or tie up (the tongue from speaking, the belly from getting food).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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