Dhammacakka, Dhamma-cakka: 1 definition



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

Dhammacakka refers to: the perfection or supreme harmony of righteousness (see details under cakka), always in phrase dhcakkaṃ pavatteti (of the Buddha) “to proclaim or inaugurate the perfect state or ideal of universal righteousness” Vin.I, 8=M.I, 171; Vin.I, 11; S.I, 191; III, 86; Sn.556, 693; Miln.20, 343; DhA.I, 4; VvA.165; PvA.2, 67 etc.; besides this also in simile at S.I, 33 of the car of righteousness;

Note: dhammacakka is a Pali compound consisting of the words dhamma and cakka.

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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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