Upasika, Upāsikā: 5 definitions

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Upasika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India. 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.

India history and geography

Source: archive.org: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Upāsikā is the name of a convent (monastary for bhikkuṇis) built by Devānaṃpiya Tissa (B.C. 247-207) in the Citadel (inner city) of Anurādhapura.—In the Upāsikā complex were 12 buildings, in three of which were housed the mast, rudder and helm of the ship which brought the Bodhi Tree. The cital (inner city) of Anurādhapura was included in Paṇḍukābhaya’s 4th-century layout of this town and featured gates on the cardinal faces. The town also included buildings such as the Upāsikā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Upāsikā.—(CII 3, 4), feminine form of Upāsaka (q. v.); a female lay-follower of the Buddha. Note: upāsikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Upāsikā, see upāsaka; cp. payir°. (Page 150)

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

upāsikā : (f.) a female devotee.

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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

Upāsikā (उपासिका):—[from upāsaka > upās] f. a lay female votary of Buddha (as distinguished from a Bhikṣuṇī q.v.)

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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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