Uddhacca: 6 definitions


Uddhacca 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

N (Wandering of the mind). The fact to be distracted by thoughts. To have an agitated, scattered and airy spirit.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Part of the Moha Team.


Uddhacca is a close friend to moha and it also works together with ahirika and anotappa. Uddhacca is_ restlessness. It spreads and disperses and wanders around. It is said to be like throwing of a stone into a heap of ash. In its presence, citta becomes restless and upset. These 4 akusala cetasikas always arise in all akusala citta. So they are called sabbaakusalasadharana cetasikas.

Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

Uddhacca, translated as restlessness, agitation, excitement or confusion, is another akusala cetasika which arises with each akusala citta.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'restlessness', belongs to the 10 fetters (samyojana), and to the 5 hindrances (nīvarana).

It is one of those 4 mental factors inseparably associated with all unwholesome consciousness (akusala-sādhārana).

Cf. Tab. II.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

uddhacca : (nt.) distraction; flurry; haughtiness.

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

Uddhacca, (nt.) (substantivised ger. of ud-dharati, ud + dhṛ, cp. uddhaṭa & uddhata. The BSk. auddhatya shows a strange distortion. BSk. uddhava seems to be also a substitute for uddhacca) over-balancing, agitation, excitement, distraction, flurry (see on meaning Dialogues I. 82; Dhs. trsln. 119; Cpd. 18, 45, 83). A. I, 256, 282; III, 375, 421, 449; IV, 87; V, 142, 145, 148; D. III, 234; S. V, 277 sq.; DhSA 260; SnA 492 (in sense of “haughtiness”? for Sn. 702 uṇṇata); Nd1 220, 501; Ps. I, 81, 83; II, 9, 97 sq.; 119, 142, 145, 169, 176; Pug. 18, 59; Dhs. 427, 429 (cittassa), 1159, 1229, 1426, 1482; Vbh. 168, 369, 372, 377; Vism. 137, 469 (= uddhata-bhāva); Sdhp. 459. Together with kukkucca “flurry or worry” u. is enumd. as the 4th of the 5th nīvaraṇa’s and as the 9th of the 10 saṃyojana’s (q. v.), e.g. at D. I, 71, 246; III, 49, 234, 269, 278; S. I, 99; A. I, 3; III, 16; V, 30; Nd2 379; Dhs. 1486. (Page 136)

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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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