Kicca: 4 definitions


Kicca 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: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama


Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'function'. Regarding the 14 functions of consciousness, s. viññāna-kicca.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kicca : (nt.) duty; work; service; that which should be done.

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

Kicca, (nt.) (grd. of karoti=Sk. kṛtya) 1. (adj.) that which ought to be done, that which is to be performed; nt. something to do DhA. I, 15. Defd as kātabban ti kiccaṃ, kiñcid eva karaṇīyan ti KhA 218; kattabaṃ karaṇīyaṃ DhA. III, 452.—2. (nt.) (a) duty, obligation, service, attention; ceremony, performance. The sg. is used collectively as pl.—adj. (-°) one who is under an obligation, etc., or to whom an obligation, etc., is due A. II, 67; Dh. 276, 293; J. III, 26; DhA. I, 5.—kattabbak°-karaṇa “the performance of incumbent duties” PvA. 30; idaṃ me kiccaṃ akāsi “he has done me this service” PvA. 29.—In special sense of the duties to the dead: ahaṃ tava pitu °ṃ karomi “I will do the last duty to your father” PvA. 274.— that which is not (his) duty A. II, 67; Dh. 292, 293.—(b) (as philos. term) function; rasa (essence) is either kicca r°- or sampatti r, function or property. Cpd. 13, 213, n. l.; Vism. 162 (parivyatta° quite conspicuous f.), 264 (abbhañjana° f. of lucubrating), 338, 493 (indriyānaṃ kiccaṃ), 547 (tad-ārammaṇa°, bhavaṅga°, cuti°, etc.); kiccavasena by way of f. Abhdh. -saṅgaha V. 8, cp. Dhs. trsl. 132 (with ref. to DhsA. 264); kiccato Vism. 581.—appa° having few or no duties Sn. 144 (cp. KhA 241.—ārāmika° duties of the Ārāma J. I, 38.—udaka° water-performance, ablution D. II, 15.—kata° one who has performed his duties or mission, i.e. an Arahant Sn. 1105; Vv 531 (cp. VvA. 231.—bahu° having many obligations, being very busy A. III, 116 sq.—bhatta° meal DA. I, 45 sq.; PvA. 76; frequent in formula kata° (see kata), cp. kat-annakicca Dāvs. I, 59.—mata° funeral rites PvA. 274.—sarīra° the duties of the body, i.e. funeral rites PvA. 74). ‹-› Note. In compn with kud° kicca appears as kuk-kucca (q. v.).

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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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