Ahara Sutta, aka: Āhāra-sutta; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Ahara Sutta in Theravada glossaries]

1. Ahara Sutta - Preached at Jetavana on the four sustenances (ahara) that maintain beings by bringing them to birth and keeping them after birth; also the cause of these sustenances and the method of their cessation. S.ii.11-12.

2. Ahara Sutta - A group of suttas dealing with the food of the nivaranas and of the bojjhangas, and with the condition that follows on the absence of their food. S.v.102-7.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Pali-English dictionary

[Ahara Sutta in Pali glossaries]

Āhāra, (fr. ā + hṛ, lit. taking up or on to oneself) feeding, support, food, nutriment (lit & fig.). The term is used comprehensively and the usual enumn. comprises four kinds of nutriment, viz. (1) kabaḷiṅkāra āhāro (bodily nutriment, either oḷāriko gross, solid, or sukhumo fine), (2) phassāhāro n. of contact, (3) manosañcetanā° n. of volition (= cetanā S. A. on II.11 f.), (4) viññāṇ° of consciousness. Thus at M.I, 261; D.III, 228, 276; Dhs.71—73; Vism.341. Another definition of Dhammapāla’s refers it to the fourfold tasting as asita (eaten), pīta (drunk), khāyita (chewed), sāyita (tasted) food PvA.25. A synonym with mūla, hetu, etc. for cause, Yamaka, I.3; Yam. A (J.P.T.S., 1910—12) 54. See on term also Dhs.trsl. 30. — Vin.I, 84; D.I, 166; S.I, 172; II, 11, 13, 98 sq. (the 4 kinds, in detail); III, 54 (sa°); V, 64, 391; A.III, 51 (sukhass°), 79, 142 sq., 192 sq.; IV, 49, 108; V, 52 (the four), 108, 113 (avijjāya etc.), 116 (bhavataṇhāya), 269 sq. (nerayikānaṃ etc.); Sn.78, 165, 707, 747; Nd1 25; Ps.I, 22 (the four) 122 (id.), 55, 76 sq; Kvu 508; Pug.21, 55; Vbh.2, 13, 72, 89, 320, 383, 401 sq. (the four); Dhs.58, 121, 358, 646; Nett 31, 114, 124; DhsA.153, 401; DhA.I, 183 (°ṃ pacchindati to bring up food, to vomit); II, 87; VvA.118; PvA.14, 35, 112, 148 (utu° physical nutriment); Sdhp.100, 395, 406; A.V, 136 gives ten āhāra opposed to ten paripanthā. —an° without food, unfed M.I, 487 (aggi); S.III, 126; V, 105; Sn.985.

—ûpahāra consumption of food, feeding, eating Vin.III, 136. —ṭhitika subsisting or living on food D.III, 211, 273; A.V, 50, 55; Ps.I, 5, 122. —pariggaha taking up or acquirement of food Miln.244 or is it “restraint or abstinence in food”? Same combn. at Miln.313. —maya “food-like”, feeding stuff, food J.III, 523. —lolatā greed after food SnA 35. —samudaya origin of nutriment S.III, 59. (Page 117)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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