Kappa: 4 definitions



Kappa means something in Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

cf. Kappa (“cosmogony”).

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Kappa.—(EI 33), Kannaḍa; same as Sanskrit śulka or kara. (SITI), Tamil-Telugu-Kannaḍa; periodical and custo- mary payments by persons engaged in some professions. Note: kappa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Kappa.—(EI 33), Kannaḍa; tolls; Note: kappa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

Kappa, (adj. n.) (Sk. kalpa, see kappeti for etym. & formation) anything made with a definite object in view, prepared, arranged; or that which is fit, suitable, proper. See also DA. I, 103 & KhA 115 for var. meanings.—I Literal Meaning.—1. (adj.) fitting, suitable, proper (cp. °tā) (=kappiya) in kappâkappesu kusalo Th. 1, 251, °kovido Mhvs 15, 16; Sn. 911; as juice Miln. 161. ‹-› (-°) made as, like, resembling Vin. I, 290 (ahata°); Sn. 35 (khaggavisāṇa°); hetu° acting as cause to Sn. 16; Miln. 105;—a° incomparable Mhvs 14, 65;— 2. (nt.) a fitting, i.e. harness or trapping (cp. kappana) Vv 209 (VvA. 104);— a small black dot or smudge (kappabindu) imprinted on a new robe to make it lawful Vin. I, 255; IV, 227, 286: also fig. a making-up (of a trick): lesa° DA. I, 103; VvA. 348.—II. Applied Meaning. ‹-› 1. (qualitative) ordinance, precept, rule; practice, manner Vin. II, 294, 301 (: kappati singiloṇa-kappo “fit is the rule concerning ... ”); cp. Mhvs 4, 9; one of the chalaṅga, the 6 disciplines of Vedic interpretation, VvA. 265;— 2. (temporal) a “fixed” time, time with ref. to individual and cosmic life. As āyu at DA. I, 103 (cp. kappaṃ); as a cycle of time=saṃsāra at Sn. 521, 535, 860 (na eti kappaṃ); as a measure of time: an age of the world Vin. III, 109; Miln. 108; Sdhp. 256, 257; PvA. 21; It. 17=Bdhd 87=S. II, 185. There are 3 principal cycles or aeons: mahā°, asaṅkheyya°, antara°; each mahā° consists of 4 asaṅkheyya-kappas, viz. saṃvaṭṭa° saṃvaṭṭaṭṭhāyi° vivaṭṭa° vivaṭṭaṭṭhāyi° A. II, 142; often abbreviated to saṃvaṭṭa-vivaṭṭa° D. I, 14; It. 15; frequent in formula ekampijātiṃ, etc. Vin. III, 4=D. III, 51, 111= It. 99. On pubbanta° & aparanta°, past & future kappas see D. I, 12 sq. paṭhama-kappe at the beginning of the world, once upon a time (cp. atīte) J. I, 207. When kappa stands by itself, a Mahā-kappa is understood: DA. I, 162. A whole, complete kappa is designated by kevala° Sn. pp. 18=46~125; Sn. 517; also dīgha° S. II, 181; Sdhp. 257. For similes as to the enormous length of a kappa see S. II, 181 & DA. I, 164=PvA. 254.—Acc. kappaṃ adv. : for a long time D. II, 103=115= Ud. 62, quot. at DA. I, 103; Vin. II, 198; It. 17; Miln. 108; mayi āyukappaṃ J. I, 119, cp. Miln. 141. Cp. saṅkappa.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kappā (कप्पा).—& kappī See kapā & kapī.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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