Katha Sutta, aka: Kathā-sutta; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Katha Sutta. -A monk should not indulge in childish talk - e.g., about kings, robbers, ministers, etc. - but should speak only of Ill and things connected therewith. S.v.419f.

2. Katha Sutta - On the five qualities which help a monk who practises anapanasati to attain to the immovable state (akuppam). These qualities include conversation which enlarges the mind. A.iii.120f.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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Kathā, (f.) (fr. kath to tell or talk, see katheti; nearest synonym is lap, cp. vāc’âbhilāpa & sallāpa) 1. talk, talking, conversation A. I, 130; PvA. 39. So in antarā° D. I, 179; Sn. p. 107, 115; cp. sallāpa. Also in tiracchāna° low, common speech, comprising 28 kinds of conversational talk a bhikkhu should not indulge in, enumd in full at D. I, 7=178=III, 36 & passim (e.g. S. V, 419: corr. suddha° to yuddha°!; A. V, 128=Nd2 192); ref. to at A. III, 256; V, 185; J. I, 58; Pug. 35. Similarly in gāma° Sn. 922; viggāhikā k. A. IV, 87; Sn. 930. Ten good themes of conversation (kathā-vatthūni) are enumd at M. III, 113=A. III, 117=IV. 357=V. 67; Miln. 344; similarly dhammī kathā A. II, 51; IV, 307; V, 192; Sn. 325; pavattanī k. A. I, 151; yutta kathāyaṃ Sn. 826; sammodanīyā k. in salutation formula s°ṃ k°ṃ sāraṇīyaṃ vītisāretvā D. I, 52, 108, etc.; A. V, 185; Sn. 419, pp. 86, 93, 107, 116.—2. speech, sermon, discourse, lecture Vin. I, 203, 290 (°ṃ karoti to discuss); A. III, 174; IV, 358. Freq. in anupubbi° a sermon in regular succession, graduated sermon, discussing the 4 points of the ladder of “holiness, ” viz. dānakathā, sīla°, sagga°, magga° (see anupubba) Vin. I, 15; A. III, 184; IV, 186, 209, 213; DhA. I, 6; VvA. 66.—3. a (longer) story, often with vitthāra° an account in detail, e.g. PvA. 19. bāhira° profane story KhA 48.—4. word, words, advice: °ṃ gaṇhāti to accept an advice J. II, 173; III, 424.—5. explanation, exposition, in aṭṭha° (q. v.), cp. gati° Ps. II, 72.—6. discussion, in °vatthu (see below) Mhvs 5, 138. —dukkathā harmful conversation or idle talk A. III, 181; opp. su° A. III, 182. —kathaṃ vaḍḍheti “to increase the talk, ” to dispute sharply J. I, 404; V, 412. °ṃ samuṭṭhāpeti to start a conversation J. I, 119; IV, 73.—At the end of cpds. (as adj.) °kathā e.g. chinna° Sn. 711; ṭhita° DA. I, 73; madhura° J. III, 342; VI, 255.

—âbhiññāṇa recollection due to speech Miln. 78, 79. —ojja (k°-udya, to vad) a dispute, quarrel Sn. 825, 828. —dhamma a topic of conversation DA. I, 43. —nigghosa the sound of praise, flattery J. II, 350. —pavatti the course of a conversation J. I, 119; DhA. I, 249; Mhbv 61. —pābhata subject of a conversation, story J. I, 252, 364. —bāhulla abundance of talk, loquacity A. IV, 87. —magga narrative, account, history J. I, 2. —rasa the sweetness of (this) speech Miln. 345. —vatthu 1. subject of a discourse or discussion, argument M. I, 372; II, 127, 132. There are 10 enumd at A. IV, 352, 357 (see kathā) and at Vism. 19 as qualities of a kalyāṇa-mitta, referred to at A. V, 67, 129; Vism. 127; DhA. IV, 30. Three are given at D. III, 220=A. I, 197. °kusala well up in the subjects of discussion VvA. 354.—2. N. of the fifth book of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka, the seven constituents of which are enumd at var. places (e.g. DA. I, 17; Mhbv 94, where Kvu takes the 3rd place), see also J. P. T. S. 1882, 1888, 1896. —samuṭṭhāna the arising of a discussion Mhvs 5, 138. —samuṭṭhāpana starting a conversation J. I, 119; III, 278; DhA. I, 250. —sampayoga conversational intercourse A. I, 197. —sallāpa talk, conversation Vin. I, 77; D. I, 89 sq. , 107 sq.; II, 150; M. I, 178; A. II, 197; V, 188; Ud. 40; J. II, 283; Miln. 31; DA. I, 276 (expld as kathanapaṭikathana); DhA. II, 91 (°ṃ karoti) VvA. 153. (Page 184)

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