Kammatthana, Kammaṭṭhāna, Kamma-tthana: 6 definitions



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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsLiterally, "basis of work" or "place of work." The word refers to the "occupation" of a meditating monk: namely, the contemplation of certain meditation themes by which the forces of defilement (kilesa), craving (tanha), and ignorance (avijja) may be uprooted from the mind. In the ordination procedure, every new monk is taught five basic kammatthana that form the basis for contemplation of the body: hair of the head (kesa), hair of the body (loma), nails (nakha), teeth (danta), and skin (taco). By extension, the kammatthana include all the forty classical meditation themes. Although every meditator may be said to engage in kammatthana, the term is most often used to identify the particular Thai forest tradition lineage that was founded by Phra Ajaan Mun and Phra Ajaan Sao.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

N (Sujet of meditation). Support for concentration. Sustained training into meditation or contemplation.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Kammatthana means the object where the bhavana kamma or manokamma or kusalacitta attend.

So kammatthana is simply an object.

There are two type of object of bhavana kamma as stated above namely samatha and vipassana.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

lit. 'working-ground' (i.e. for meditation), is the term in the Com. for 'subjects of meditation'; s. bhāvanā.

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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

kammaṭṭhāna : (nt.) a subject for meditation; a branch of industry.

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

Kammaṭṭhāna refers to: (2) 1. a branch of industry or occupation, profession, said of diff. occupations as farmer, trader, householder and mendicant M. II, 197; A. V, 83. 2. occasion or ground for (contemplating) kamma (see ṭhāna II. 2. c.), kamma-subject, a technical term referring to the instruments of meditation, esp. objects used by meditation to realize impermanence. These exercises (“stations of exercise” Expos. 224) are highly valued as leading to Arahantship DhA. I, 8 (yāva arahattaṃ kamma-ṭṭhānaṃ kathesi), 96; PvA. 98 (catu-saccakamma-ṭṭhāna-bhāvanā meditation on the 4 truths and the objects of meditation). frequent in phrase kammaṭṭhāne anuyutto (or anuyoga vasena) na cirass’eva arahattaṃ pāpuṇi: J. III, 36; Sāsv 49; see also J. I, 7, 97, 182, 303, 414; Sdhp. 493. These subjects of meditation are given as 38 at DhsA. 168 (cp. Cpd. 202), as 32 (dvattiṃs’ākāra-k°) at Vism. 240 sq. , as 40 at Vism. 110 sq. (in detail); as pañca-sandhika at Vism. 277; some of them are mentioned at J. I, 116; DhA. I, 221, 336; IV, 90;

Note: kammaṭṭhāna is a Pali compound consisting of the words kamma and ṭṭhāna.

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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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