Kama Sutta, Kāma-sutta, Kamasutta, Kāmasutta: 2 definitions


Kama 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»] — Kama Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Kama Sutta The first of the Atthakavagga of the Sutta Nipata. The Buddha, seeing a brahmin felling trees on the banks of the Aciravati and preparing a field for corn, spoke to him. He spoke again to the brahmin on several other occasions, when the latter was engaged in various operations in the field. The brahmin, pleased by the Buddhas courtesy, resolved to invite him to a meal when the harvest should be gathered. But the day before the reaping of the corn heavy rains fell, the river was flooded and the corn all washed away. The Buddha had foreseen that this would happen and visited the brahmin to console him. It was on this last occasion that this sutta was preached. At the end of the sermon the brahmin became a sotapanna (Sn.vv.766-71; SnA.ii.511ff; J.iv.167f; cp. DhA.iii.284f; see also MNid.i.1ff). In the Kamanita Jataka he is referred to as Kamanita brahmana. J.ii.212.

2. Kama Sutta - Contains questions asked by a deva and the Buddhas answers thereto. A man should not become a slave or surrender himself as prey to others and speech should always be gentle. S.i.44.

3. Kama or Kamaguna Sutta - On the five kinds of pleasures of the senses. A.iv.458; S.v.60.

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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»] — Kama Sutta in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kāmasutta refers to: N. of the first sutta of the Aṭṭhakavagga of Sn;

Note: kāmasutta is a Pali compound consisting of the words kāma 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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