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What is the meaning and origin of “Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhasa”?

Namo -- Homage (perhaps from a root meaning to bend) Tassa -- to him Bhagavato -- usually translated "blessed one" or "fortunate one" Arahato -- I'm not sure whether this means ...
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Why is the Pali word 'sattānaṃ' in Dependent Origination plural?

why does 'birth' ('jati'), seemingly a singular process, seem to refer to the multiple births of multiple beings into the multiple orders/groups of beings? jāti is singular in the passage quoted, so ...
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Is the Sinhalese language very different to Pali?

OP: Is the Sinhalese language very different to Pali? No, Sinhalese language has many similarities to Pali. Many of the words in Sinhalese language were derived from Pali and Sanskrit. In the ...
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Did the Buddha invent any words?

The Buddha invented his own terms and defined them, using everyday words that already existed in the local dialects. First, discussion on the language he used, is found in "The Authenticity of ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

Right effort(sammā-vāyāma) in terms of mindfulness is not a forceful , grit your teeth kind of effort. It's a moment by moment, continuous, good cyclical habit kind of effort. Cetanā is Pali for 1- ...
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Why are the words "mano" & "manasa" used in the opening Dhammapada verses?

As to the word manas, Thrangu Rinpoche said (paraphrasing): All mental events—all thoughts, memories and anticipation of the future with all its emotions of happiness, sadness, excitement, and ...
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Difference between Kamma, Kammanto, and Kammanta?

They are basically the same word, though the anta suffix does give it some specific meaning. Remember that the word karma has heavy religious baggage in ancient India every though it simply means ...
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What is ariya or noble?

Good householder, although wondering why one who steady teaches others about what is Sublime, Higher, Perfect, ask about the meaning of Ariya... PTS-dictionary: Ariya, (adj. -n.) (Vedic ārya, of ...
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Why are pleasant feelings "stressful" & "unpleasant"?

This is what it says in MN 44 sutta. "Pleasant feeling is pleasant in remaining, & painful in changing, friend Visakha. Painful feeling is painful in remaining & pleasant in changing. ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

If I sit dow on the cushion for a moment, that's momentary samatha. Samatha is simply calmimg. It can take place anywhere. Samatha can lead to samadhi, but the two are by no means identical. It ...
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What is the meaning and origin of “Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhasa”?

Good householder: To extend a little the answer by good householder Chris. Bhagavato: The Liberal, The (real) Giver, The Liberated One Arahato: Perfect One, Complete One Sammāsambuddho: The rightly ...
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Does a Pali thesaurus exist?

A Pali dictionary will likely be of more use than a thesaurus. A thesaurus provides synonyms that support a variety of expression. However, the Buddha taught in a very precise manner, using the exact ...
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I'm interested in precise piece-by-piece translations of the 5 precepts

The Five Precepts (pañca-sila) These basic training rules are observed by all practicing Buddhist lay men and women. The precepts are often recited after reciting the formula for taking refuge in the ...
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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Samādhi means the stability of mind. Samatha means the peace of mind. Wholesome mind arising is a friend. Unwholesome mind arising is an enemy. Uddhacca mind factor is instability of mind. There ...
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'Dukkha': What is the difference between 'suffering' & 'unsatisfactoriness'?

Dukkha is a vast subject. After 50 years of practicing Buddhist mindfulness meditation based upon the Satipatthana Sutta as taught by the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, I am able to talk about the ...
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What titles apply to non-monastic/lay Buddhists? (upasaka/upasika savaka/sravaka)

There's Saddhānusārī translated "faith follower". And Dhammānusārī translated "follower of the law". According to SN 25.1 these appear to be on the road to stream entry.
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What is the difference between moha (delusion) and avijja (ignorance)?

Dictionary definitions here: moha avijjā I think of avijjā as (quite literally) describing something which you don't have (the a- prefix implies a negative, i.e. an absence of vijjā), and moha as ...
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What is the meaning of uppajjati versus upapajjati?

I think there are two rather different words confused here. One is Sanskrit "utpada"/"anutpada" (to arise / not to arise) and its Pali corruption "uppada" with a past form "uppanna". Another one is ...
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How can we know the original meaning of a word with certainty?

How can we know the original meaning of a word with certainty? Yes. I'm sure there's a scholarly answer -- not this from me though. Your mentioning "chakras" reminds of something similar, i....
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How can we know the original meaning of a word with certainty?

When possible, the suttas give physical references for clarity: They’re like a flax flower that’s blue, with blue color, blue hue, and blue tint. Or a cloth from Bāraṇasī that’s smoothed on both ...
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Recommendation for Suttas

Well DN and Mn are long copies of suttas from AN and SN. The problem with AN and SN is their size. Since people today say that the suttanipata [=Snp] chapter 4 and 5 are the oldest texts, and that ...
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Best Pali to English translation source

Here is a slightly modified B.Thanissaro translation of that passage (etam santam...), with pali + english lined up side by side, nearly word for word order. http://lucid24.org/an/an09/an09-0036/toc-...
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Was is the difference between "uparujjhati" & "nirujjhati"?

They are not synonyms, they have different meanings derived from the same root and different prefixes. Nirodha means stop, suppress, not allow to go on. Uparodham means enclose, blockade. So ...
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Difference between Kamma, Kammanto, and Kammanta?

From the New Concise Pali English Dictionary: kamma neuter work, occupation; activity, performance. act, deed, action or actions of moral import (producing for the agent an inevitable result or ...
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