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What does Phra mean?

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What does Phra mean?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri May 01, 2009 11:15 pm

just what it says on the tin what does Phra Mean cant find a meaning anywhere? I was asked before by my partner and when I tryed to look it up couldn't find anything.

feel a bit dozzy for it as it is something I see quite often and never found out about.


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Re: What does Phra mean?

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Re: What does Phra mean?

Postby Dhammanando » Sat May 02, 2009 1:41 am

It's the Thai pronunciation of the Sanskrit or Pali bara, which is an alternative spelling of the more common vara. Vara can be either an adjective meaning excellent or a noun meaning a boon or blessing.

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Re: What does Phra mean?

Postby appicchato » Sat May 02, 2009 3:47 am

Looks like I stepped in it there...

Thank you Bhante...

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Re: What does Phra mean?

Postby Cittasanto » Sat May 02, 2009 3:39 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: What does Phra mean?

Postby gavesako » Sat May 02, 2009 3:48 pm

Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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