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Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

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Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby mettafuture » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

I know "Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa" means "Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the fully Enlightened One." I was just curious about which Pali word corresponded with which English word.

Your assistance would be appreciated.

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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:57 pm

Namo Homage or Honor
Tassa to the
Bhagavato Blessed One or Auspicious One or Exalted One
Arahato Worthy One / enlightened one
Samma Sambhuddasa Fully Enlighted by Himself
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Postby mettafuture » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:55 pm

Thank you very much, David.

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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby mettafuture » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:25 am

Thank you, Venerable.

This is the translation I've gathered from your replies so far

Namo Homage or Honor
Tassa to that
Bhagavato Blessed One or Auspicious One or Exalted One
Arahato Worthy One or Enlightened One
Samma rightly
Sam self
buddhassa enlightened
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Postby Kare » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:52 am

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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby beeblebrox » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:53 pm

In case the word "right" gives some people wrong ideas about sammā (I'm right, you're wrong), there's also "properly". I think it's more something along this line. What do you guys think?
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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby mettafuture » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:10 pm

This is fun. :D I love learning Pali. Thank you Kare & beeblebrox.

namo Homage or Honor or I bow down
tassa to that
bhagavato Blessed One or Auspicious One or Exalted One
arahato Worthy One or Enlightened One
sammā rightly or properly or supremely or fully
sam self
buddhassa enlightened


There might be too many translations for sammā. :D

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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

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Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Postby DGDC » Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:47 pm

Namo is to direct your mind to 'Bhagavaa araha.m sammaasambuddho'.
It is usually accompanied by verbal and bodily action.
More accurate, namo is the personification of the action of Vandanaa.

Tassa is literally to that; it indicates that the person is not in the presence of Bhagavaa...
Bhagavaa is how the disciples addressed him. It means Lord and is the standard Indian way of referring to Guru (Religious teacher) or Satthaa in Pali.
Araham is and indication of absolute purity of Bhagavaa...He is worthy of worship by everybody without exception.
Sammaasambuddho-Sammaa means only, unique, right perfect etc. He is only equal to himself. It is Bhagavaa's knowledge. Also sammaa di.t.thi...sammaa samaadhi is the Ariyoa.t.tha,ngikomaggo (The Aryan Eightfold Path) discovered by Samana Gotama--Majjhimaa Pa.tipadaa. Its realisation made him the Sammaasambuddho.

Bhagavaa is usually defined in the following expression: Itipi so Bhagavaa araham sammaasabuddho, vijjaacaranasampanno sugato lokavidu anuttaro purisadhammasaarathii satthaa devamanussaana.m buddho bhagavaati.

The three words are necessary and sufficient to identify the class of 'beings' called bhagavaa araha.m sammaasambuddho.
Simply put A teacher whose purity and knowledge is absolute.


With friendly thoughts,

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