Kiriya; 4 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Kiriya means just performance but not kammic force is left due to that performance.

See Kiriya Cittas.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

'functional consciousness' or 'karmically inoperative consciousness', is a name for such states of consciousness as are neither karmically wholesome (kusala), nor unwholesome (akusala), nor karma-results (vipāka); that is, they function independently of karma.

Thus are also called all those worldly mental states in the Arahat which are accompanied by 2 or 3 noble roots (greedlessness, hatelessness, undeludedness), being in the Arahat karmically neutral and corresponding to the karmically wholesome states of a non-Arahat (s. Tab. 1-8 and 73-89), as well as the rootless mirth-producing (hasituppāda) mind-consciousness-element of the Arahat (Tab. 72); further, that mind-element (mano-dhātu) which performs the function of advertence (āvajjana) to the sense object (Tab. 70), and that mind-consciousness-element (manoviññāna-dhātu) which performs the functions of deciding (votthapana) and advertence to the mental object (Tab. 71).

The last-named 2 elements, of course, occur in all beings.

Together with karma-resultant consciousness (vipāka) it belongs to the group of 'karmically neutral consciousness' (avyākata). See Tab. I (last column). - (App.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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kiriya : (nt.) action; deed; performance. || kiriyā (f.),action; deed; performance.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kiriya, Kiriyā & Kriyā (abstr. fr. karoti) 1. (n.) — (a) (-°) action, performance, deed; the doing=fulfilment; cp. °karaṇa, anta°, making an end of, putting a stop to (dukkhassa) S. III, 149; IV, 93; Sn. 454, 725;—kāla° “fulfilment of one’s time” i.e. death S. III, 122; Pv. I, 1012; Sn. 694; Pug. 17; kusala° performance of good actions S. I, 101; V, 456; dāna° the bestowing of gifts PvA. 123; pāpa° commission of sin Pug. 19=23; puñña° the performance of good works S. I, 87=89=A. III, 48; a° PvA. 54 maṅgala° celebration of a festival PvA. 86; massu-kiriyā the dressing of the beard J. III, 314 (cp. m-karaṇa and kappanā); sacchi° realization, see s. v. —akiriyā the non-performance of, omission, abstaining from (a° akaraṇa=veramaṇī) J. III, 530; Vbh. 285. ‹-› (b) an act in a special sense=promise, vow, dedication, intention, pledge: PvA. 18; justice: Miln. 171; kiriyaṃ bhindati to break one’s vow Miln. 206.—(c) philosophically: action ineffective as to result, non-causative, an action which ends in itself (Mrs. Rh. D. in Dhs. trsl. xciii.), inoperative (see Cpd. 19). In this sense it is grouped with kamma (cp. for relation kamma: kiriyā= Ger. sache: ursache). Thus is the theory of Makkhali: n’atthi kammaṃ, n’atthi kiriyaṃ n’atthi viriyan ti= there is no karma, no after-effect and no vigour in this world A. I, 286 (different at D. I, 53); n’atthi kiriyā it does not matter M. I, 405.—2. (adj.) (a) making no difference, indefinite; of no result, as def. of avyākatā dhammā Vbh. 106, 182=302=Dhs. 566 and 989 (manodhātu kiriyā neva kusalā nâkusalā na ca kammavipākā: indifferent, neither good nor bad and having no fruit of kamma), same of jhāna Vbh. 268=281; DhsA. 388.—(b) indecisive, in akiriyaṃ vyākaroti to give an indecisive answer, to reply evasively D. I, 53 and≈

—pada (ttg.) the verb (i.e. that which supplies the action) VvA. 315; —vāda (adj.) promulgating the (view of a) consequence of action, believing in merit and demerit, usually combd with kammavāda (q. v.) also °vādin: D. I, 115 (of Gotama) A. I, 62; Vin. I, 71; ‹-› denying the difference between merit & demerit A. IV, 174=Vin. I, 234; 242, Vin. III, 2; A. IV, 180 sq.; S. III, 73. (+natthikavāda); —vādin adj. to prec. A. I, 62; —hetu being a cause of discrimination Dhs. 1424 sq. (Page 215)

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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