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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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What does the term 'Sammasambuddha' mean?

We pay homage to the Buddha by saying ”Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa” three times. The widely practiced translations of it take the following forms: “Homage to the Blessed One, 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 is the meaning of atammayata and where is it used?

This is from the book "Tranquillity's Secret" being published by me on Medium.com: I have only run across this idea, framed from the perspective of one’s comportment towards the events of ...
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What does the term 'Sammasambuddha' mean?

There are two types of Buddhas, depending upon their abilities, one is Samma Sambuddha and other is named as Prakket Buddha, according to Buddhism.. To become a Buddha by doing his own sadhana without ...
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Is there a contradiction in the translation of the Bhūmija Sutta?

There's no such contradiction. Karma can indeed be categorised as prompted and unprompted as in if it was instigated by another or not. What's refuted here is a person or a third party being able to ...
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How do you write Anicca (Impermanence) in Pali script?

Pāli was in oral tradition, so pāli had no its own script. However, pāli can be written by most of the indo-europian script instead. Therefore, the best tattoo in Buddhism is reciting the Sutta in ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

D.O. is a deep topic that is very hard to understand. Even when someone claims that they understand it, you should take their answer with a VERY BIG grain of salt. In theory my understanding "could" ...
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What is the difference and relation between chanda and cetana?

OP: What is the difference between chanda and cetana? Chanda is the desire to act. E.g. if you stand from a seat you have to have the "intention" to do it, but can choose not to if you want A ...
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Do "and further", "again", in MahaSatipatthanasutta definitely mean "next step (aparam)"?

More like 'and deeper than that'. You will find that the majority, perhaps all, lists in the Dhamma are progressions. Each further step if followed opens up the Dhamma further and is closer to the ...
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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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How close is English to Pali?

You can find this info on the wikipedia page for Indo-European Languages in the form of a family tree below, with Pali and English highlighted with a yellow box. Legend: Green: Language still in use ...
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What (spiritual/religious) terms did the Buddha redefine?

The Buddha redefined the term Brahmin : Yassa pāraṁ apāraṁ vā pārāpāraṁ na vijjati, For whom the near shore, the far shore or both do not exist, vītaddaraṁ visaṁyuttaṁ, tam-ahaṁ brūmi brāhmaṇaṁ. free ...
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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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Pali question: "seven more life times at most"

Clear and short as needed Buddha said, not to take verbatim. Just to praise the benefit of sotapanna. Sometimes one universe metaphorically said like one palm tree, just like that, suffering in long ...
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Why Dharma(धर्म) is pronounced as Dhamma in Buddhism?

Dhamma is the pali version of the word- In the time of Buddha , there was a conscious decision to record the teachings in Pali rather than Sanskrit. As sanskrit was not accessible to all and created a ...
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What is a good response when some-one says 'sadhu' to you?

'Sadhu' means good. So you can say 'Sadhu' back. Here in Sri Lanka we commonly say "Theruwan Saranai", which means "May the noble triple gem be your refuge".
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Is there are difference between 'self' & 'soul' in Buddhism?

You tagged this question pali. The PTS dictionary does gives two meanings: The soul as postulated in etc. Oneself, himself, yourself. etc. There is for example a chapter of the Dhammapada ...
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What is the Pali word for mundane knowledge ?

Lokīya ñāṇa, as opposed to lokuttara ñāṇa (supramundane knowledge)
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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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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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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

[1] "When it is said in dependent origination that 'sankhara conditions consciousness', in what way and how does sankhara condition consciousness?" This question is answered by better understanding ...
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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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Conversational Pali and Sanskrit?

Yes, though Pali is a "dead language" in the sense that it has no native speakers left to use it, that doesn't mean it can't be used to communicate with others. I remember Professor Gombrich ...
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Accurate and Concise Translation of Dhamma Qualities

There's one here -- Dhammānussati: Svākkhāto bhagavatā dhammo: sandiṭṭhiko akāliko ehipassiko opaneyyiko paccattaṃ veditabbo viññūhī ti. The Dhamma is well declared by the Bhagavā: visible here and ...
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Searching for a sutta where Buddha talks about Nibbana

From AN 9.34: Ven: Sariputta: “Reverends, extinguishment (Nibbana) is bliss! Ven. Udayi: “But Reverend Sāriputta, what’s blissful about it, since nothing is felt?” Ven. Sariputta: “The fact that ...
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What is the meaning of atammayata and where is it used?

Atammayata refers to the negation (i.e., "a-") of tammaya, which is identification. It therefore means "non-identification" as used here: MN113:21.7: ‘paṭhamajjhānasamāpattiyāpi ...
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