Upadana, aka: Upādāna, Upadāna; 15 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Samkhya (school of philosophy)

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Upādāna (उपादान, “withdrawing”) is a type tuṣṭi (complacence), classified internal (ādhyātmika) according to the Sāṃkhya theory of evolution. Tuṣṭi refers to a category of pratyayasarga (intellectual products), which represents the first of two types of sarga (products) that come into being during tattvapariṇāma (elemental manifestations), which in turn, evolve out of the two types of pariṇāma (change, modification).

Source: Wisdom Library: Sāṃkhya philosophy
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Samkhya (सांख्य, Sāṃkhya) is a dualistic school of Hindu philosophy (astika) and is closeley related to the Yoga school. Samkhya philosophy accepts three pramanas (‘proofs’) only as valid means of gaining knowledge. Another important concept is their theory of evolution, revolving around prakriti (matter) and purusha (consciousness).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Upādāna (उपादान).—Hypothesis, presumption, acceptance.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Clinging; attachment; sustenance for becoming and birth - attachment to sensuality, to views, to precepts and practices, and to theories of the self.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

T/N (Fact to stick (to something), to grasp (something)). Covetousness, greed. Attachment.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

'clinging', according to Vis.M. XVII, is an intensified degree of craving (tanhā).

The 4 kinds of clinging are:

  • sensuous clinging (kāmupādāna),
  • clinging to views (ditthupādāna),
  • clinging to mere rules and ritual (sīlabbatupādāna),
  • clinging to the personality-belief (atta-vādupādāna).

(1) "What now is the sensuous clinging? Whatever with regard to sensuous objects there exists of sensuous lust, sensuous desire, sensuous attachment, sensuous passion, sensuous deluded ness, sensuous fetters: this is called sensuous clinging.

(2) ''What is the clinging to views? 'Alms and offerings are useless; there is no fruit and result for good and bad deeds: all such view and wrong conceptions are called the clinging to views.

(3) "What is the clinging to mere rules and ritual? The holding firmly to the view that through mere rules and ritual one may reach purification: this is called the clinging to mere rules and ritual.

(4) "What is the clinging to the personality-belief? The 20 kinds of ego-views with regard to the groups of existence (s. sakkāya-ditthi): these are called the clinging to the personality-belief" (Dhs.1214-17).

This traditional fourfold division of clinging is not quite satisfactory. Besides kamupādāna we should expect either rūpupādāna and arūpupādāna, or simply bhavupādāna. Though the Anāgāmī is entirely free from the traditional 4 kinds of upādāna, he is not freed from rebirth, as he still possesses bhavupādāna. The Com. to Vis.M. XVII, in trying to get out of this dilemma, explains kāmupādāna as including here all the remaining kinds of clinging.

"Clinging' is the common rendering for u., though 'grasping' would come closer to the literal meaning of it, which is 'uptake'; s. Three Cardinal Discourses (WHEEL 17), p.19.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

Another group of defilements is the ways of clinging or upadana.

There are four ways of clinging:

  1. sensuous clinging (kamupadana )
  2. clinging to wrong view (ditthupadana)
  3. clinging to "rules and rituals" (silabbatupadana)
  4. clinging to personality belief (attavadupadana)
Source: Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Upādāna (उपादान, “grasping”) refers to the ninth of twelve pratītyasamutpāda (dependent origination) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter X. The tendency caused by tṛṣṇā is called upādāna, grasping, attachment. From this upādāna comes action (karman) which brings about the new existence which is called bhava, the act of existence.

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

Upādāna (उपादान, “attachment”) refers to the ninth of the “twelve factors of conditional origination” (pratītyasamutpāda) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 42). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., upādāna). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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upādāna : (nt.) grasping; attachment; fuel.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Upādāna, (nt.) (fr. upa + ā + ) — (lit. that (material) substratum by means of which an active process is kept alive or going), fuel, supply, provision; adj. (-°) supported by, drawing one’s existence from S. I, 69; II 85 (aggikkhandho °assa pariyādānā by means of taking up fuel); V, 284 (vāt°); J. III, 342 sa-upādāna (adj.) provided with fuel S. IV, 399; anupādāna without fuel DhA. II, 163. ‹-› 2. (appld. ) “drawing upon”, grasping, holding on, grip, attachment; adj. (-°) finding one’s support by or in, clinging to, taking up, nourished by. See on term Dhs. trsln. 323 & Cpd. 171. They are classified as 4 upādānāni or four Graspings viz. kām°, diṭṭh°, sīlabbat°, attavād° or the graspings arising from sense-desires, speculation, belief in rites, belief in the soul-theory D. II, 58; III, 230; M. I, 51, 66; S. II, 3; V 59; Dhs. 1213; Ps. I, 129; II, 46, 47; Vbh. 375; Nett 48; Vism. 569.—For upādāna in var. connections see the foll. passages: D. I, 25; II, 31, 33, 56; III, 278; M. I, 66, 136 (attavād°) 266; S. II, 14, 17, 30, 85; III, 10, 13 sq. , 101, 135, 167, 191; IV, 32, 87 sq. , 102 (tannissitaṃ viññāṇaṃ tadupādānaṃ), 390, 400 (= taṇhā); A. IV, 69; V, 111 (upāy°); Sn. 170, 358, 546; Ps. I, 51 sq. , 193; II, 45 sq, 113; Vbh. 18, 30, 67, 79, 119, 132; Dhs. 1059, 1136, 1213, 1536 sq.; Nett 28 sq. , 41 sq. , 114 sq.; DhA. IV, 194.—sa° full of attachment (to life) M. I, 65; Vin. III, 111; S. IV, 102; an° unattached, not showing attachment to existence S. IV, 399; Vin. III, 111; Th. 1, 840; Miln. 32; DA. I, 98.

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

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upādāna (उपादान).—n S Taking or accepting; admitting, allowing, granting. 2 The immediate or proximate cause.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

upādāna (उपादान).—n Taking or accepting; the immediate cause.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upadāna (उपदान).—

1) An oblation, a present (in general).

2) A gift made for procuring favour or protection, such as a bribe.

Derivable forms: upadānam (उपदानम्).

See also (synonyms): upadānaka.

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Upādāna (उपादान).—1 Taking, receiving, acquisition, obtaining; विश्रब्धं ब्राह्मणः शूद्राद् द्रव्योपादानमाचरेत् (viśrabdhaṃ brāhmaṇaḥ śūdrād dravyopādānamācaret) Ms.8.417; 12.7; विद्या° (vidyā°) K.75.

2) Taking away, appropriating to oneself.

3) Employment, using; becoming familiar with.

4) Mention, enumeration; किमास्योपादाने प्रयोजनम् (kimāsyopādāne prayojanam) Mbh.I.1.9.

5) Saying, speaking.

6) Including, containing.

7) Withdrawing the organs of sense and perception from the external world and its objects.

8) A cause; motive, natural or immediate cause; पाटवोपादानः भ्रमः (pāṭavopādānaḥ bhramaḥ) U.3. v. l.; प्रकृष्टपुण्य- परिपाकोपादानो महिमा स्यात् (prakṛṣṭapuṇya- paripākopādāno mahimā syāt) U.6.

9) The material out of which anything is made, the material cause; निमित्तमेव ब्रह्म स्यादुपादानं च वेक्षणात् (nimittameva brahma syādupādānaṃ ca vekṣaṇāt) adhikaraṇamālā.

1) A mode of expression in which a word used elliptically, besides retaining its own primary sense, conveys another (in addition to that which is actually expressed); स्वसिद्धये पराक्षेपः (svasiddhaye parākṣepaḥ) ... उपादानम् (upādānam) K. P.2.

11) (With Buddhists) conception; grasping at or clinging to existence (caused by tṛṣṇā and causing bhava). (With Rāmānujas) preparation (of perfumes, flowers &c. as one of the five elements of worship).

12) Effort of body or speech.

13) Name of the four contentments mentioned in सांख्यकारिका (sāṃkhyakārikā) as प्रकृत्युपादानकालभागाख्याः (prakṛtyupādānakālabhāgākhyāḥ) Sāṅ. K.5.

Derivable forms: upādānam (उपादानम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upādāna (उपादान).—nt. (compare upādāya, °diyati; = Pali id., in all senses except 4; in Sanskrit hardly used in these mgs.), and in Bhvr cpds. (various mgs.) sopādāna (sa-up°) adj., [Page145-a+ 71] having, characterized by up°, and neg. an-up°, nir-up°, without up°: (1) fuel (app. as the substratum or material cause) of fire: Mv ii.270.14 analo upādānaṃ (sc. bhasmī- karoti); Gv 502.10—11 agnir yāvad upādānaṃ labhate; Śikṣ 226.1 yathāgnir upādānavaikalyān na jvalati; (2) grasping, clinging, addiction: Śikṣ 104.14 parṣad-anupādāna- tayā, (by) having no addiction to company (Bendall and Rouse); in most passages not clearly distinguishable from (3); Laṅk 23.7 (verse) te bhonti nirupādānā ihāmutra nirañ- janāḥ; Mvy 2144 upādānam, foll. by granthaḥ, nīvaraṇam; 7066 upādāna-hetuḥ; LV 180.12 sarvopādānaparigrahair anarthiko (of the Bodhisattva); 244.(2—)3 (nāpi saṃskṛtā- nāṃ sāśravānāṃ) sopādānānāṃ dhyānasamādhisamā- pattīnāṃ doṣo datto bhavet; 358.20 (verse) yāsyanti niru- pādānāḥ phalaprāptivaraṃ śubhaṃ; 392.13 anādāno 'nupādāno 'vijñapto…(of Buddha's dharma); Av ii.188.10 abhinandanāyopādānāya adhyavasānāya (em.) saṃvartate (of a heretical opinion); Dbh 48.9 (saṃskārair avaropitaṃ cittabījaṃ) sāsravaṃ sopādānam…bhavati; (3) clinging to existence, specifically (undoubtedly this is meant in some passages cited under 2); esp. as one of the links in the chain of the pratītyasamutpāda; it is produced by tṛṣṇā, and produces bhava (as in Pali, taṇhāpaccayā upā- dānaṃ, upādānapaccayā bhavo): Mv ii.285.10—11 tṛṣṇā- pratyayam upādānaṃ, upādānapratyayo bhavo; Mvy 2250; Dharmas 42; modulations of the same formula LV 346.12, 15; RP 48.6; Dbh 48.16; a peculiar one LV 420.4—5 (verse) tṛṣṇāta sarva upajāyati duḥkhaskandhaḥ, (5) upādā- nato (read upa° m.c.) bhavati sarva bhavapravṛttiḥ, where obviously duḥkhaskandha = upādāna, see below, 4; also pañcopādāna-skandhāḥ (= Pali pañc’ upādānak- khandhā), the five skandha which are the basis of clinging to existence (otherwise called simply the 5 skandha, q.v.) Mvy 1831; Av ii.168.1; pañcasu upādānaskandheṣu Mv iii.53.3; Divy 294.4; (listed as rūpa, vedanā, saṃjñā, saṃskāra, pl., vijñāna, Mvy 1832—6; Mv iii.53.4—7; Divy 294.5—7;) skandhā sopādānā jñānena mayā parijñātā LV 371.20 (verse); in the first of the 4 noble truths, saṃkṣepeṇa (LV °pāt, Mv saṃkṣiptena) pañcopādānaskandhā (Mvy °dha-) duḥkham (Mv duḥkhā) Mvy 2240; Mv iii.332.4; LV 417.7; (4) in SP 75.2 sorrow, misery (compare LV 420.4—5, cited under 3 above), prītīprāmodyajāto nir-upādāno (free from sorrow) vigata-nivaraṇo (see s.v. nivaraṇa), said of the man whose sons have been brought out of a burning house. Burnouf cites Tibetan as rendering upādāna here by mya ṅan, which regularly renders Sanskrit śoka, grief; and no other interpretation seems possible. It is an outgrowth of (3) as used in religious language.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Upādāna (उपादान).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Taking away, abduction, taking. 2. Abstraction, restraining the organs of sense and perception. 3. Cause, motive. 4. Immediate or proximate cause. 5. The formal or distinct form, the material cause. 6. A double meaning, an expression conveying a sense besides that which appears intended. 7. Saying, speaking. E. upa near, ādā to take, lyuṭ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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