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Acarya / Acharya

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Acarya / Acharya


Teacher ormaster. Applied to an eminent priest who guides the student in conduct and sets an example for him.”

Dait: 5

“One of the two kinds of spiritual leaders known in Buddhism; the second type of teacher is the upadhyaya.

Originally acharya was understood to mean a master of the Dharma, whereas the upadhyaya taught discipline and adherence to the rules.”

See also: Ajahn.