Dona Sutta: 1 definition

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Dona Sutta 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

A brahmin, Dona (probably identical with Dona 1 above), visits the Buddha and asks if it be true that the Buddha does not honour brahmins. The Buddha tells him that there are five kinds of brahmins - the Brahma like, the deva like, the bound, the breaker of bonds, and the brahmin outcast - and, at Donas request, describes these in detail (A.iii.223ff). The classification of brahmins given in this sutta is often referred to. E.g., SNA.i.318, 325, etc.

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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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