Antarakatha, Antarākathā: 3 definitions



Antarakatha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Antarakatha in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

antarākathā : (f.) in between talk.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Antarākathā refers to: “in between talk, talk for pastime, chance conversation, D.II, 1, 8, 9; S.I, 79; IV, 281; A.III, 167; Sn.p. 115; DA.I, 49 and frequent passim.

Note: antarākathā is a Pali compound consisting of the words antarā and kathā.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Antarakatha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Antarākathā (अन्तराकथा).—(= Pali id.), mutual talk, conversation (Critical Pali Dictionary thinks antarā should be treated as a separate word, and so Divyāvadāna 143.14 is printed, but it seems to me difficult to take it otherwise than as a [compound]): Avadāna-śataka i.230.12 ānandasya subhadreṇa parivrājakena sārdham antarākathāṃ (mss. °thā) viprakṛtām (mss. °tā; Pali also uses vippakatā with this word, see Critical Pali Dictionary) aśrauṣīd; antarā-kathā-samudāhāra, m., ibid., Divyāvadāna 143.14; Avadāna-śataka i.230.15; Pischel, SBBA 1904 p. 818, fol. 173a; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.37.9.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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