Thambha; 3 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Thambha (“obstinacy”) in Buddhism refers to one of the sixteen upakilesa (subtle defilements).

Source: Google Books: The Fruits of True Monkhood

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Pali-English dictionary

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thambha : (m.) a pillar; post; a clump of grass; obduracy.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Thambha, (see etym. under thaddha; occasionally spelt thamba, viz. A. I, 100; M. I, 324; PvA. 186, 187) 1. a pillar, a post Vin. I, 276; D. I, 50 (majjhimaṃ °ṃ nissāya); II, 85 (id.); Sn. 214; Vv 782 (veḷuriya°, of the pillars of a Vimāna); Pv III, 31 (id.); DhA. IV, 203; VvA. 188 (+tulā-gopānasī); PvA. 186.—2. (fig.) in all meanings of thaddha, applied to selfishness, obduracy, hypocrisy & deceit; viz. immobility, hardness, stupor, obstinacy (cp. Ger. “verstockt”): thambho ti thaddha-bhāvo SnA 288, 333; th. thambhanā thambhittaṃ kakkhaliyaṃ phāruliyaṃ ujucittatā (an°?) amudutā Vbh. 350.—Often combined w. māna (=arrogance), frequent in set sāṭheyyaṃ th. sārambho māno, etc. A. I, 100, 299=Nd2 under rāga=Miln. 289; cp. M. I, 15.—A. III, 430 (+māna); IV, 350, 465 (+sāṭheyya); Sn. 245 (+mada), 326, 437 (as one of Māra’s combatants: makkho th. te aṭṭhamo); J. I, 202.—3. a clump of grass M. I, 324; cp. thambhaka. (Page 308)

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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