Dhatukatha, aka: Dhatu-katha, Dhātukathā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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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: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Third book of the Abhidhamma.

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

Source: Dhamma Study: Introduction to the Dhamma
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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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dhātukathā : (f.) an explanation about elements; the 3rd book of the Abhidhamma.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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

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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