Cariyapitaka, Cariya-pitaka, Cariyāpitaka, Cariyapiṭaka: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Cariyapitaka means something in 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

One of the fifteen books of the Khuddaka Nikaya, generally placed last in the list. It contains tales in metrical verse of the Buddhas previous births, chiefly setting forth the ten parami, by which he attained Enlightenment. Each story is called a Cariya. The stories told here in verse are parallel to the corresponding Jataka stories in prose, and pre suppose a familiar acquaintance with all the incidents of the prose tales. The first two parami are illustrated by ten stories each, while the remaining parami have only fifteen stories between them.

The Digha bhanakas refused to include the Cariyapitaka in their canonical books, but it was accepted by the Majjhima bhanakas (DA.i.15, 23).

There exists a Commentary on the Cariyapitaka which is ascribed to Dhammapala and which forms a part of the Paramathadipani. (Published in the Hewavitarane Bequest Series, vol.xxvi.; 1929).

According to the Commentary (CypA.1, 2), the Cariyapitaka was preached by the Buddha at the Nigrodharama, after the conclusion of the Buddhavamsa and at the request of Sariputta.

It was preached by Mahinda at the Nandanavana in Anuradhapura, soon after his arrival in Ceylon (Dpv.xiv.45; but see Mhv.xv.179).

context information

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cariyapitaka in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Cariyapiṭaka refers to: the last book in the Khuddaka-nikāya;

Note: cariyapiṭaka is a Pali compound consisting of the words cariya and piṭaka.

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context information

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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