Dhatukatha, Dhatu-katha, Dhātukathā: 5 definitions


Dhatukatha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 seven books of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. It seems to have been designed as a supplement to the Dhammasangani, and discusses, chiefly, the mental characteristics found in converted and earnest persons. It is divided into fourteen sections and possesses a Commentary by Buddhaghosa. Published by the P.T.S.

The Sarvastvadins call the Dhatukatha the Dhatukayapada. There seems to have existed in Ceylon another work called the Mahadhatukatha, claimed by the Vitandavadins as an Abhidhamma work, but rejected by the orthodox as uncanonical. DhSA.4.

Source: Dhamma Study: Introduction to the Dhamma

Third book of the Abhidhamma.

The discussion of the groups, bases and elements of existence.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dhātukathā : (f.) an explanation about elements; the 3rd book of the Abhidhamma.

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

Dhātukathā:—Name of 3rd book of the Abhidhamma Vism.96.

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Dhātukathā refers to: N. of 3rd book of the Abhidhamma Vism.96.

Note: dhātukathā is a Pali compound consisting of the words dhātu 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-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhātukathā (धातुकथा):—[=dhātu-kathā] [from dhātu > dhā] f. Name of [work]

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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. 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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