Atta and Attã – Question

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    • #14690

      Hi all

      The sign above the a it’s an indent but i can’t do it with my keyboard , so i wrote with ~ .

      The atta in 1. has a different meaning from the atta in point 2. ?

      1. When one reaches Nibbāna, that is the state of nicca, sukha, atta, the opposites of anicca,dukkha, anattā that are characteristics of this world of 31 realms.

      2. There are several Pāli (and Sinhala) words (mama, asmi, and mé) that are used to indicate “me”,“I”, “myself”. |Attā| is also used to indicate “self” in the conventional sense, and “having no essence”in the deeper sense. It is important to note the difference in all those usages.

      Thank you very much

    • #14692

      Good question, Embodied.

      #1 is correct. Atta can mean “truth”, “having full protection”, “having essence”, etc.
      – Of course, anatta is the opposite.

      Regarding #2: Attā (with a long a at the end) does not mean “me’. It is just a “person”. It is normally used in sentence to say “this person”.

      – There is no word anattā (with a long a at the end), as the opposite of that attā.

    • #14696


      Fine input to my personal condensed phrase on Anatta for bhavana purposes.


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