Jara Sutta, Jarā-sutta, Jarasutta, Jarāsutta: 2 definitions


Jara 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Jara Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Jara Sutta - Once, when the Buddha was on a visit to Saketa, a rich brahmin and his wife, seeing him, called him their son and ministered to him with great affection. It is said that for five hundred births they had been the parents of the Bodhisatta. At the conclusion of a meal the Buddha preached to them and they became Sotapannas. After the Buddha left Saketa they continued to lead pious lives and became arahants before death. At their funeral they were accorded all the honours due to arahants, and at the conclusion of the ceremonies the Buddha, who was present, preached this sutta to those assembled there (SNA.ii.531ff; DhA.iii.317ff; cp. - Saketa Jataka).

From selfishness come grief and avarice. The monk who lives away from the world, un smeared by it, is independent and becomes purified. SN.804-813 explained at MNid.i.117ff.

2. Jara Sutta - Righteousness remains good even in old age; faith is a lucky stance, wisdom the jewel among men and merit the wealth none can steal. S.i.36.

3. Jara Sutta - Everything is subject to decay - the eye, objects, etc. S.iv.27.

4. Jara Sutta - The Buddha sits, one afternoon, outside the Migaramatupasada, warming his limbs in the sun, and Ananda, while chafing the Buddhas limbs with his hands, tells him that his skin is no longer clear, his limbs are slack and his body bent. The Buddha explains that this is but natural, old age being inherent in youth and decay and death being inevitable. S.v.216.

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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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[«previous next»] — Jara Sutta in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Jarāsutta refers to: the Suttanta on old age, N. of Sutta Nipāta IV. 6 (p. 157 sq.; beginning with “appaṃ vata jīvitaṃ idaṃ”), quoted at DhA. III, 320. (Page 279)

Note: jarāsutta is a Pali compound consisting of the words jarā and sutta.

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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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