Yanika, Yānika: 4 definitions

Introduction

Yanika means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

F (Path, step, process, method).

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Yānikā.—same as yānaka, probably, a cart road (Ep. Ind., Vol. IV. p. 253, note 4). Note: yānikā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Yānika, & Yāniya (adj.) (—°) (fr. yāna) 1. (lit.) leading to, conducive to, as °yāniya in deva° magga D. I, 215, & Brahma° magga the way leading to the Brahma-world D. I, 220.—2. (in applied meaning, cp. yānikata) °yānika one who has become used to, whose habit it is ... in vipassanā° & samatha° at Vism. 588. (Page 553)

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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-English dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yānika (यानिक) or Yānīya.—(-yānika, -yānīya), adj. (compare Pali yānika, yāniya, not in this sense; from yāna plus -ika, -īya), one who adheres to (one of the three Buddhist) yāna; the two forms seem quite interchangeable, and both are common; note especially śrāvakayānīyasya vā mahāyānikasya vā Bodhisattvabhūmi 180.24; śrāvaka-pratyekabuddha-yānīya (Kashgar recension °yānika) Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 137.5, śrāvaka-yānīya 6 (no v.l. cited); 234.1 (Kashgar recension °nika); °nika (no v.l.) 2; śrāvaka-, pratyekabuddha-, and bodhisattva-yānika Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 183.8 and Śikṣāsamuccaya 314.9, but same with yānīya Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 224.3—4; śrāvaka-pratyekabuddha- yānika Gaṇḍavyūha 141.5; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 171.18; mahāyānika-pratyeka- buddhayānika-śrāvakayānikeṣu Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 132.1; śrāvaka-yānīya Śikṣāsamuccaya 7.8; Kāśyapa Parivarta 13.2; pratyekabuddhayānīya Kāśyapa Parivarta 13.3; mahāyānika Śikṣāsamuccaya 13.8; 43.2; bodhisattvayānīya Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 312.12; Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā 34.1; °yānika Lalitavistara 5.21; 439.2; Śikṣāsamuccaya 92.5.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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