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Vada, aka: Vāda; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Nyāya (school of philosophy)

Vāda (वाद) refers to “discussion”. It is one of the sixteen categories of discussion (padārtha) according to the doctrine of the Nyāya-sūtras by Akṣapāda.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nyāya
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Nyāya (न्याय) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (āstika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upaniṣads. The Nyāya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaiśeṣika in terms of metaphysics.


Vāda (वाद).—An Amitābha god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 54.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


Vada, (adj.) (-°) (fr. vad) speaking, in cpd. vaggu° speaking pleasantly Sn. 955 (cp. Nd1 446; SnA 571=sundaravada); suddhiṃ° of clean speech Sn. 910. (Page 599)

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Vāda, (fr. vad: see vadati; Vedic vāda (not in RV!), in meaning of “theory, disputation” only in Class. Sk. ‹-› The relation of roots vac: vad is like E. speak: say; but vāda as t. t. has developed quite distinctly the specified meaning of an emphatic or formulated speech= assertion or doctrine) 1. speaking, speech, talk, nearly always —°, e.g. iti° hearsay, general talk M. I. 133; S. V, 73; A. II, 26; kumāraka° child-talk or childish talk, i.e. in the manner of talking to a child S. II, 218 sq.; cori° deceitful talk PvA. 89 (so read with v. l. for T. bheri°); dhammika° righteous speech A. V, 230; musā° telling lies, false speech A. I, 129; II, 141; IV, 401; PvA. 15. See under musā.—adj. (—°) speaking up for, proclaiming, advertising D. I, 174 (sīla°, paññā° etc.); Sn. 913 (nivissa° dogmatist); A. I, 287 (kamma°, kiriya°, viriya°).—vādaṃ bhindati to refute a speech, to make a view discrepant (cp. bhinna-vāda under 4!) SnA 45 (Māravādaṃ bh.).—2. what is said, reputation, attribute, characteristic Sn. 859 (but SnA 550=nindā-vacana); J. I, 2 (jāti° genealogy, cp. D. I, 137). See also cpd. °patha.—3. discussion, disputation, argument, controversy, dispute Sn. 390, 827 (also as adj. hīna°); DhA. III, 390= Vin. IV, 1; Mhvs 4, 42 (sutvā ubhinnaṃ vādaṃ).—4. doctrine, theory put forth, creed, belief, school, sect SnA 539 sq.; in cpds. : ācariya° traditional teaching Miln. 148; also “heterodoxy” Mhbv 96, cp. Dpvs. V, 30; uccheda° annihilistic doctrine Nd1 282: see under uccheda; thera° the tradition of the Theras, i.e. the orthodox doctrine or word of Gotama Buddha Mhvs 5, 2; 33, 97 sq.; Dpvs. V, 10, 14 (theravādo aggavādo ti vuccati), 51 (17 heretical sects, one orthodox, altogether 18 schools); dhuta° (adj.) expounding punctiliousness Vism. 81 (=aññe dhutaṅgena ovadati anusāsati). See under dhuta; bhinna° heretical sect (lit. discrepant talk or view) Dpvs. V, 39, 51 (opp. abhinnaka vāda); sassata° an eternalist Ps. I, 155.

—ânuvāda the trsln of this phrase (used as adj.) at S. III, 6 (see K. S. III, 7) is “one who is of his way of thinking. ” all kinds of sectarian doctrines or doctrinal theses D. I, 161; III, 115; S. III, 6; IV, 51, 340, 381; V, 7; A. III, 4; Nett 52.—kāma desirous of disputation Sn. 825.—khitta upset in disputation, thrown out of his belief Vin. IV, 1=DhA. III, 390.—patha “way of speech, ” i.e. signs of recognition, attribute, definition Sn. 1076 (expld dogmatically at Nd2 563); A. II, 9.—sattha the science of disputation, true doctrine SnA 540.—sīla having the habit of, or used, to disputes Sn. 381. (Page 608)

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

vāda : (m.) theory; saying; creed controversy.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
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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.

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

M (Doctrine, philosophy). Conviction, ideal.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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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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