Kammavaca, Kammavācā: 3 definitions


Kammavaca 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)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A compilation of the rules and the ritual regarding admission into the Sangha (Bode: op. cit., 6f).

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

F (Decreed wording). A kammavaca is a wording that ought to be uttered at time of performing a monastic procedure. Thus, there are a few of them.

However, the term most often does refer to the text of the procedure designed for integrating into the sangha a person who expressed the wish to become a bhikkhu. At Buddhas time, it was customary to commit by heart the important subjects, there were texts neither for philosophical doctrines, nor for the laws. Owing to this fact, "the" kammavaca was laid down in written script later on only. At the beginning of the reading of this kammavaca, fifteen questions are asked to him, to whose he should be able to positively answer so as to be accepted among the members of the sangha:

Here are dealt with other kammavacas:

  • dubbaca kammavaca: Uttered and addressed to the bhikkhus who retorted by rude talks to bhikkhus who requested him to improve his conduct. (See samghadisesa 12).
  • kuladusaka kammavaca: Uttered and addressed to the bhikkhus who corrupt peoples faith. (See samghadisesa 13).
  • natti kammavaca: Meant for getting the sangha know about something.
  • context information

    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

    kammavācā : (f.) the text of official act.

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    context information

    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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