Upatthaka, Upaṭṭhāka: 2 definitions
Upatthaka 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.
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Pali-English dictionarySource: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
upaṭṭhāka : (m.) a servitor; a nurse; a follower.Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Upaṭṭhāka, (fr. upa + sthā, cp. BSk. upasthāka M Vastu I. 251, and upasthāyaka Divy 426; Av. Ś. I. 214; II, 85, 112. ) a servitor, personal attendant, servant, “famulus”. Ānanda was the last u. of Gotama Buddha (see D. I, 206; Th. 1, 1041 f.; ThA. in Brethren Loc. cit.; Vin. I, 179 (Sāgato u.), 194; II, 186; III, 66; IV, 47; D. I, 150 (Nāgita); S. III, 113; A. I, 121; III, 31, 189; J I 15, 100 (a merchant’s); II, 416; Pug. 28; DhA. II, 93; VvA. 149; PvA. 211.—agg° main follower, chief attendant D. II, 6; gilān° an attendant in sickness, nurse Vin. I, 303; A. I, 26; saṅgh° one who looks after the community of Bhikkhus Vin. I, 216; A. I, 26; III, 39.—dupaṭṭhāka & supaṭṭhāka a bad (& good) attendant Vin. I, 302.
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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