Vaddha, Vaḍḍha, Vad‌dha: 4 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Vaddha. A Licchavi. He was a friend of the Mettiyabhummajaka, and, at their instigation, charged Dabba Mallaputta with having committed adultery with his wife. Dabba repudiated the charge, and the Buddha ordered the monks to proclaim the pattanikkujjana on Vaddha. When Ananda visited Vaddha and told him this news he fell in a faint, and, later, visited the Buddha with his family to ask for forgiveness. He was ordered to go before the Sangha and confess his error, after which the sentence was revoked. Vin.ii.124ff.

He is probably identical with Vaddhamana Thera.

2. Vaddha Thera. He belonged to a householders family of Bharukaccha. His mother (Vaddhamata) left the household, entrusting him to her kinsfolk, joined the Order and became an arahant. Vaddha became a monk under Veludatta and developed into an eloquent preacher. One day he visited his mother alone and without his cloak, and was rebuked by her. Agitated by this, he returned to his monastery, and, during his siesta, developed insight, attaining arahantship.

ThagA.i.413f. Six of his verses appear in Thag.335-9; ep. Thig.210-12.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vaddha : (adj.) old; venerable. || vaḍḍha (adj.) augmenting; increasing.

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

Vaḍḍha, (nt.) (fr. vṛdh) wealth, riches J. III, 131 (vaḍḍhaṃ vaḍḍhataṃ, imper.). Or should we read vaṭṭa? ‹-› Vaḍḍha is used as Np. at KhA 119, perhaps in meaning “prosperous. ” (Page 595)

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1) Vaddha, 2 (m. & nt.) (cp. Vedic vardhra in meaning “tape”) a (leather) strap, thong J. II, 154 (vv. ll. baddha, bandhana, bandha, vaṭṭa). Occurs as aṃsa° shoulder strap at Ap 310, where ed. prints baddha (=baddha2).

2) Vaddha, 1 (adj. -n.) (pp. of vaḍḍhati; see also vaḍḍha, vuḍḍha & vuddha. The root given by Dhtp (166) for vṛdh is vadh in meaning “vuddhi”) 1. grown, old; an Elder; venerable, respectable; one who has authority. At J. I, 219 three kinds of vaddha are distinguished: one by nature (jāti°), one by age (vayo°), one by virtue (guṇa°); J. V, 140 (=paññāya vuddha C.). Usually combined with apacāyati to respect the aged, e.g. J. I, 219; and in cpd. vaddh-apacāyika respecting the elders or those in authority J. IV, 94; and °apacāyin id. Sn. 325 (=vaddhānaṃ apaciti-karaṇa SnA 332); Dh. 109; DhA. II, 239 (=buḍḍhatare guṇavuddhe apacāyamāna). Cp. jeṭṭh’apacāyin.—2. glad, joyful; in cpd. °bhūta gladdened, cheerful J. V, 6. (Page 599)

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Vaḍḍha (वड्ढ) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vṛdh.

2) Vaḍḍha (वड्ढ) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vardhaya.

3) Vaddha (वद्ध) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vardhra.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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