Atthika Sutta; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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A group of suttas dealing with the benefits occurring from meditating on skeletons. S.v.129ff.

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

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Atthika, (adj.) (cp. Sk. arthika) 1. (to attha1) profitable, good, proper. In this meaning the MSS show a variance of spelling either atthika or aṭṭhika or aṭṭhita; in all cases atthika should be preferred D. I, 55 (°vāda); M. II, 212 (aṭṭhita); A. III, 219 sq. (idaṃ atthikaṃ this is suitable, of good avail; T aṭṭhitaṃ, vv. ll. as above); Sn. 1058 (aṭṭhita; Nd2 20 also aṭṭhita, which at this pass. shows a confusion between aṭṭha and a-ṭhita); J. V, 151 (in def. of aṭṭhikatvā q. v.); Pug. 69, 70 (T aṭṭhika, aṭṭhita SS; expld. by Pug. A. V, 4 by kalyāṇāya).—2. (to attha1 2) desirous of (-°), wanting, seeking for, in need of (c. Instr.) A. II, 199 (uday° desirous of increase); Sn. 333, 460, 487 (puññ°), 987 (dhan° greedy for wealth); J. I, 263 (rajj° coveting a kingdom); V, 19; Pv. II, 228 (bhojan° in need of food); IV, 11 (kāraṇ°), 121 (khiḍḍ° for play), 163 (puññ°); PvA. 95 (sasena a. wanting a rabbit), 120; DA. I, 70 (atthikā those who like to). —anatthika one who does not care for, or is not satisfied with (c. Instr.) J. V, 460; PvA. 20; of no good Th. 1, 956 (“of little zeal" Mrs. Rh. D.).

—bhāva (a) usefulness, profitableness Pug. A. V, 4. (b) state of need, distress PvA. 120. (Page 25)

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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