Vatta, Vaṭṭa: 8 definitions



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsThe cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This denotes both the death and rebirth of living beings and the death and rebirth of defilement (kilesa) within the mind. See samsara.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

N Fact to move from one existence to the next. Continuous suffering of sansara.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

1. 'round',

  • 2. 'round of rebirths'.

  • (1) With reference to the dependent origination (paticcasamuppāda), Vis.M. XVII speaks of 3 rounds:

    • the karma round (kamma-vatta) comprising the karma-formations and the karma process (2nd and 10th links);

    • the round of defilements (kilesa-vatta) comprising ignorance, craving and clinging (1st, 8th and 9th links);

    • the round of results (vipāka-vatta) comprising consciousness, mind and corporeality, 6 bases, impression, feeling (3rd-7th links).

    Cf. paticcasamuppāda (diagram).

    (2) round of rebirth = samsāra.

    context information

    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

    vatta : (nt.) duty; service; function. || vaṭṭa (adj.), circular; round. (nt.), a circle; the cycle of rebirth; an expenditure or provision for alms.

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

    1) Vatta, 4 at J. V, 443 is corrupt for vaṇṭha cripple. (Page 598)

    2) Vatta, 3 (vyatta, Sk. vyātta, of vi+ā+) opened wide Vin. III, 37; J. V, 268 (vatte mukhe). (Page 597)

    3) Vatta, 2 (nt.) (cp. Sk. vaktra & P. vattar) the mouth (lit. “speaker”) Pgdp 55 (sūci-vatto mah’odaro peto). (Page 597)

    4) Vatta, 1 (nt.) (orig. pp. of vattati) 1. that which is done, which goes on or is customary, i.e. duty, service, custom, function Vin. II, 31; Sn. 294, 393 (gahaṭṭha°); Vism. 188 (cetiy’aṅgaṇa° etc.); DhA. I, 92 (ācariya°); VbhA. 354 (gata-paccāgata°); VvA. 47 (gāma°).—2. (for vata2) observance, vow, virtue D. III, 9 (the 7 vattapadāni, diff. from those enumerated under vata-pada); Nd1 66 (sīlañ ca vattañ ca), 92 (hatthi° etc. : see vata2 2), 104 (°suddhi), 106 (id.), 188 (giving 8 dhutaṅgas as vattas).

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    1) Vaṭṭa, 2 (“rained”): see abhivaṭṭa and vaṭṭha (vuṭṭha); otherwise only at DhA. II, 265. (Page 594)

    2) Vaṭṭa, 1 (adj. -nt.) (pp. of vṛt, Sk. vṛtta in meaning of “round” as well as “happened, become” etc. The two meanings have become differentiated in Pāli: vaṭṭa is not found in meaning of “happened. ” All three Pāli meanings are specialized, just as the pres. vaṭṭati is specialized in meaning “behoves”) 1. round, circular; (nt.) circle PvA. 185 (āyata+); KhA 50 (°nāli). See cpd. °aṅguli.—2. (fig.) “rolling on, ” the “round” of existences, cycle of transmigrations, saṃsāra, evolution (=involution) (as forward or ascending circle of existences, without implying a teleological idea, in contrast to vivaṭṭa “rolling back” or devolution, i.e. a new (descending) cycle of existence in a new aeon with inverted (vi-) motion, so to speak) S. III, 63; IV, 53 (pariyādiṇṇa°), cp. M. III, 118; Th. 1, 417 (sabba°: “all constant rolling on” translation); SnA 351 (=upādāna); DhsA. 238.—There are 3 vaṭṭas, (te-bhūmaka vaṭṭa, see also tivaṭṭa) embracing existence in the stages of kamma-vaṭṭa, kilesa° and vipāka°, or circle of deed, sin & result (found only in Commentarial literature): KhA 189; SnA 510 (tebhūmaka°); DhA. I, 289 (kilesa°); IV, 69 (tebhūmaka°). See also Māra; and °dukkha, °vivaṭṭa below.—3. “what has been proffered, ” expenditure, alms (as t. t.) J. VI, 333 (dāna° alms-gift); DhA. II, 29 (pāka° cooked food as alms); VvA. 222 (id.); Mhvs 32, 61 (alms-pension); 34, 64 (salāka-vaṭṭabhatta).—Cp. vi°.

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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: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

    Vaṭṭa (वट्ट).—(= Pali id., both mgs.; Sanskrit vṛtta, adj., not [Page468-b+ 71] used as n. in this sense), (1) adj. round, see vaṭṭa-pāsaka; (2) = saṃsāra, the round of rebirths: Lalitavistara 127.17, read vaṭṭopachedana-śabdaḥ (text paṭopa°; ms. A vaṭṭoma°, with m corruptly for p; = Pali vaṭṭūpacheda).

    Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

    Vaṭṭa (वट्ट):—or baṭṭa m. Name of a man (also -deva), [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

    [Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

    Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

    Vaṭṭa (वट्ट):—(baṭṭa) m. Nomen proprium eines Mannes [Rājataraṅgiṇī 8, 347. 570. 962. 969.] — Vgl. nāga .

    context information

    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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