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Passanā & Dassanā

Postby Unrul3r » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:09 pm

Hello everybody!

I'm wondering what would be your thoughts on these two words: Passanā and Dassanā

Both of them seem to point to "seeing" but, from Sanskrit, dassanā seems closer to "showing, exhibiting, appearance".

I have only seen their meaning from an etymological point of view, what would a contextual analysis point to?

With metta. :)
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Re: Passanā & Dassanā

Postby Dmytro » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:18 pm

Hello Unrul3r,

Unrul3r wrote:Hello everybody!

I'm wondering what would be your thoughts on these two words: Passanā and Dassanā


They correspond to the verbs 'passati' and 'dakkhati' ('dassati').

"Passanā" is used only as a part of "anupassanā" and "vipassanā".

Both of them seem to point to "seeing" but, from Sanskrit, dassanā seems closer to "showing, exhibiting, appearance".


AFAIK, in Sanskrit the 'dar"s' and 'pa"s' are interchangeable forms of the same verb.

In Pali there's also a form 'dasseti' - 'show, make appear', similar to Sanskrit, but that's just a causative form.

Margaret Cone's Pali dictionary lists both 'passati' and 'dakkhati' under the verb root 'dis'.

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Re: Passanā & Dassanā

Postby Unrul3r » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:08 pm

I see.

Thank you for the reply Dymtro!
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