Vodana, aka: Vodāna; 3 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

'cleansing', may refer either to (1) morality (sīla), or (2) concentration (samādhi), or (3) wisdom (paññā).

(1) "Cleansing of morality takes place in 2 ways: by understanding the misery of moral deviation (sīla-vipatti; s. vipatti) and by understanding the blessing of moral perfection (sīla-sampatti)" (s. Vis.M. I).

(2) Cleansing of concentration is concentration connected with progress (visesa-bhāgiya-samādhi; s. hāna-bhāgiya). If, for example, one has entered the 1st absorption, and sensuous perceptions and reflections arise, in that case there is concentration connected with decline ... If, however, perceptions and reflections free from thought-conception and discursive thinking (2nd jhāna; q.v.) arise, in that case there is concentration connected with progress.

(3) Cleansing, with reference to wisdom, is identical with the 'insight leading to the (path) ascent' (vutthāna-gāminī-vipassanā, q.v.), which arises at the stage of 'purification by knowledge and vision of the path-progress' (s. visuddhi VI), and is followed immediately by the maturity moment and the entrance into the supermundane paths.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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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vodāna : (nt.) purity; sanctification.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vodāna, (nt.) (fr. vi+ava+4 to clean, cp. BSk. vyavadāna Divy 616; AvŚ II. 188) 1. cleansing, getting bright (of sun & moon) D. I, 10 (=visuddhatā DA. I, 95).—2. purity (from the kilesas, or stains of sin), purification, sanctification M. I, 115 (opp. saṃkilesa); S. III, 151 (citta°, adj.; opp. citta-saṅkilesa); A. III, 418 sq.; V, 34; Ps. I, 166; Vbh. 343; Nett 96, 100, 125 sq.; Vism. 51 sq. 89; VbhA. 401; DhA. III, 405. (Page 651)

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.

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