Vinaya; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


1a) Vinaya (विनय).—A son of Lajjā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 61; Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 36.

1b) A son of Cancu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 118.

1c) The discipline of mind and body important to a king; ill-disciplined kings have lost their empires; while disciplined kings leading a forest life attained kingdom through vinaya;1 of a Prince.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 215. 52.
  • 2) Ib. 220. 4-7; 225. 7.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The monastic discipline, spanning six volumes in printed text, whose rules and traditions define every aspect of the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis way of life. The essence of the rules for monastics is contained in the Patimokkha. The conjunction of the Dhamma with the Vinaya forms the core of the Buddhist religion: "Dhamma vinaya" - "the doctrine and discipline" - is the name the Buddha gave to the religion he founded.(Source): Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

M (Refusal, (morality). (Refusal of everything that is mean, disrespectful, careless, and propitious to sensuous delight and ignorance). Set of that which Buddha has taught in the field of conduct designed for bhikkhus.

The vinaya, whose patimokkha does constitute the core, is the first among the three portions of the tipitaka. The vinaya tends to be unfortunately often neglected. However it does deserve a great deal of consideration as it is the unavoidable foundation of the practice conducive to nibbana.

See also: The vinaya

(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).


book of Discipline for the monks

(Source): Dhamma Study: Cetasikas
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Abhidhamma (अभिधम्म) usually refers to the last section (piṭaka) of the Pali canon and includes schematic classifications of scholastic literature dealing with Theravāda Buddhism. Primary topics include psychology, philosophy, methodology and metaphysics which are rendered into exhaustive enumerations and commentaries.


vinaya : (m.) discipline; the code of monastic discipline; removal.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vinaya, (fr. vi+, cp. vineti) 1. driving out, abolishing destruction, removal Vin. I, 3 (asmi-mānassa), 235= III, 3 (akusalānaṃ dhammānaṃ vinayāya dhammaṃ desemi); S. I, 40; Sn. 921; A. I, 91 (kodha°, upanāha°); II, 34 (pipāsa°); IV, 15 (icchā°); V, 165 (id.); SnA 12; PvA. 114 (atthassa mūlaṃ nikati°). Often in phrase rāga°, dosa°, moha°, e.g. S. IV, 7 sq.; V, 137 sq. 241; A. IV, 175; Nett 22.—2. rule (in logic), way of saying or judging, sense, terminology (cp. iminā nayena) S. IV, 95 (ariyassa vinaye vuccati loko); A. I, 163 (ariyassa vinaye tevijjo one called a threefold wise in the nomenclature of the Buddhist); II, 166 (ariyassa v.); SnA 403.—3. norm of conduct, ethics, morality, good behaviour Sn. 916, 974; J. IV, 241 (=ācāra-vinaya C.); A. II, 112; III, 353 sq. (ariya-vinaye saddhā yassa patiṭṭhitā etc. faith established in Buddhist ethics).—4. code of ethics, monastic discipline, rule, rules of morality or of canon law. In this sense applied to the large collection of rules which grew up in the monastic life and habits of the bhikkhus and which form the ecclesiastical introduction to the “Dhamma, ” the “doctrine, ” or theoretical, philosophical part of the Buddhist Canon. The history & importance of the Vinaya Piṭaka will be dealt with under the title “Vinaya” in the Dictionary of Names. Only a few refs. must suffice here to give a general idea. See also under Dhamma C. and in detail Geiger, Dhamma pp. 55—58.—Often combd with dhamma: dhammato vinayato ca on the ground of Dh. and V. Vin. I, 337; cp. II. 247.—dhammo ca vinayo ca Vin. I, 356; II, 285, 302; or (as (Dvandva) dhammavinaya (i.e. the teaching of the Buddha in its completeness) D. I, 229; Vin. II, 237 sq.; M. I, 284; II, 181 sq.; A. I, 283; III, 297, 327; S. I, 9; III, 65; Ud. 53; VvA. 3. Often approaches the meaning of “Buddhist order, ” e.g. Vin. I, 69; D. I, 176; M. I, 68, 459, 480; III, 127; S. II, 120; A. I, 185; II, 123; V, 122.—See further Vin. II, 96 (vinaye cheko hoti); A. II, 168 (ayaṃ dhammo, ayaṃ v. idaṃ Satthu-sāsanaṃ); Vism. 522; VbhA. 273; KhA 106, 151; SnA 4, 195, 310.—a-vinaya one who sins against the V. (like a-dhamma one who neglects the Dh.) Vin. II, 295 sq.; III, 174; A. I, 18; V, 73 sq.—The division of the books of the Vinaya is given at DhsA. 18. Its character (as shown by its name) is given in the foll. verse at DhsA. 19: “(vividha-visesa-) nayattā vinayanato c’eva kāya-vācānaṃ vinayy’attha-vidūhi ayaṃ vinayo Vinayo ti akkhāto, ” i.e. “Because it shows precepts & principles, and governs both deed and word, therefore men call this scripture V. for so is V. interpreted” (Expos. I. 23).

—aṭṭhakathā the (old) commentary on the Vinaya Vism. 72, 272; VbhA. 334; KhA 97. —ânuggaha taking up (i.e. following the rules) of the Vinaya Vin. III, 21; A. I, 98, 100; V, 70. —kathā exposition of the Vinaya Vin. IV, 142. —dhara one who knows or masters the V. by heart, an expert in the V. Vin. I, 169; II, 299 (with dhamma-dhara & mātikā-dhara); A. I, 25; II, 147; III, 78 sq. 179, 361; IV, 140 sq.; V, 10 sq.; J. III, 486; IV, 219; Vism. 41, 72; KhA 151; DhA. II, 30 (with dhamma —kathika & dhuta-vāda) (cp. BSk. vinayadhara Divy 21). —piṭaka the V. Piṭaka KhA1 2, 97; VbhA. 431. —vatthu chapter of the V. Vin. II, 307. —vādin one who professes the V. (or “speaking in accordance with the rules of conduct”), a V. -follower D. I, 4 (here expld by Bdhgh as “saṃvara-vinaya-pahāna-vinaya sannissitaṃ katvā vadatī ti” v. DA. I, 76, thus taking it as vinaya 3) =M. III, 49=Pug. 58 (trsln here: “speaking according to self-control”); D. III, 135, 175. (Page 623)

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

General definition (in Buddhism)

the monastic discipline, or the scriptural collection of its rules and commentaries.

(Source): Amaravati: Glossary

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Vinaya (विनय).—How many types of reverence (vinaya) are there? It is of four types, namely:

  1. knowledge (jñāna),
  2. faith (darśana),
  3. conduct (cāritra),
  4. custom of homage (upacāra).
(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

vinaya (विनय).—m (S) Humility, lowliness, meekness: also condescension, affability, graciousness, courteousness or mildness towards inferiors.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vinaya (विनय).—m Humility. Condescension.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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