Itivuttaka, Iti-vuttaka: 3 definitions



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The fourth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya, containing 110 suttas, each of which begins with the words: vuttam hetam Bhagavata.

According to Dhammapala (ItA.24ff), the suttas were preached from time to time by the Buddha to Khujjuttara at Kosambi. She then repeated them to the five hundred women of Udenas palace, chief of whom was Samavati. In order to emphasise to her audience the fact that she was reporting the Buddhas words and not her own, she prefaced each sutta with the phrase quoted above. There was no need to describe any special circumstances in which the suttas were preached, because they were familiar to Khujjuttaras audience.

At the Rajagaha Council, Ananda repeated the suttas to the Assembly and they were gathered into this collection.

Itivuttaka is also the name given to one of the nine divisions (anga) into which the Buddhas preaching is divided and it is defined as follows: vuttam hetam Bhagavata ti adinayappavatta dasuttarasatam suttanta Itivuttakam ti veditabbam (DA.i.24).

In the scholiast of the Kummasapinda Jataka (J.iii.409; l.21)), the Itivuttaka is mentioned in the plural (Itivuttakesu) and a sutta is quoted from it, extolling the virtues of generosity. Perhaps, the Itivuttaka was compiled as a result of a critical study of the authentic teachings of the Buddha, considered in a certain light and made for a specific purpose.

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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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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

itivuttaka : (nt.) a treatise of Suttas beginning with the phrase 'thus it is said'.

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

Itivuttaka refers to: (nt.) (a noun formation fr. iti vuttaṃ) “so it has been said”, (book of) quotations, “Logia”, N. of the fourth book of the Khuddaka-nikāya, named thus because every sutta begins with vuttaṃ h’etaṃ Bhagavatā “thus has the Buddha said” (see khuddaka and navaṅga) Vin. III, 8; M. I, 133; A. II, 7, 103; III, 86, 177, 361 sq.; Pug. 43, 62; KhA 12. Kern, Toev. s. v. compares the interesting BSk. distortion itivṛttaṃ.

Note: itivuttaka is a Pali compound consisting of the words iti and vuttaka.

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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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