Cariyapitaka, aka: Cariyāpitaka; 1 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Cariyapitaka in Theravada glossaries]

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).

(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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