Kula-sutta, aka: Kulasutta; 2 Definition(s)


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1. Kula Sutta - Families consisting of many women and few men are molested by robbers; likewise a monk who has not developed emancipation of mind through love is easily molested by non humans (S.ii.263).

2. Kula Sutta. Asibandhakaputta visits the Buddha at the Pavarika ambavana in Nalanda at Nigantha Nataputtas request, and tells the Buddha that he does wrong in obtaining alms from famine stricken Nalanda. The Buddha replies that his begging does not come within the eight causes of injury to families: viz.,

the actions of kings and robbers, fire, water, loss of savings, slothfulness, wastrels and impermanence.

Asibandhakaputta becomes the Buddhas follower (S.iv.322f).

3. Kula Sutta - The five advantages which accrue to families visited by holy men:

they cleanse their hearts and attain to heaven; they greet the monks respectfully and are born noble; they conquer greed and gain power; give alms and obtain wealth; ask questions and become wise (A.iii.244f).

4. Kula Sutta - Seven reasons for which a family is not worth visiting:

they neither greet one nor show courtesy; provide no seats; hide what they have; having much, give little; what they do give they give carelessly and half heartedly (A.iv.10).

5. Kula Sutta - Similar to 4. Nine reasons are given, the additional ones being: they show no desire to hear the doctrine and take no interest when it is preached to them. A.iv.387.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Kula, (nt.; but poetic pl. kulā Pv. II, 943 (Idg. *qǔel (revolve); see under kaṇṭha, cakka and carati) 1. clan, a high social grade, “good family, ” cp. Gr. (doric) fuά, Goth. kuni. A collection of cognates and agnates, in sense of Ohg. sippa, clan; “house” in sense of line or descent (cp. House of Bourbon, Homeric genέh). Bdhgh at Vism. 91 distinguishes 2 kinds of kulāni, viz. ñātikulaṃ & upaṭṭhāka-kulaṃ.—1. A. II, 249 (on welfare and ill-luck of clans); Sn. 144; 711; It. 109 sq. (sabrahmakāni, etc.); Dh. 193.—brāhmaṇa° a Brahmanic family A. V, 249; J. IV, 411, etc.; vāṇija° the household of a trader J. III, 82; kassaka° id. of a farmer J. II, 109; purāṇaseṭṭhi° of a banker J. VI, 364; upaṭṭhāka° (Sāriputtassa) a family who devoted themselves to the service of S. Vin. I, 83; sindhava° VvA. 280.—uccākula of high descent Pv III, 116, opp. nīca° of mean birth Sn. 411 (cp. °kulīno); viz. caṇḍālakula, nesāda°, veṇa°, etc. M. II, 152=A. I, 107=II. 85=III, 385=Pug. 51; sadisa° a descent of equal standing PvA. 82; kula-rūpa- sampanna endowed with “race” and beauty PvA. 3, 280.—2. household, in the sense of house; kulāni people DhA. I, 388; parakulesu among other people Dh. 73; parakule do. VvA. 66; kule kule appaṭibaddhacitto not in love with a particular family Sn. 65; cp. kule gaṇe āvāse (asatto or similar terms) Nd2 on taṇhā IV.—devakula temple J. II, 411; rāja° the king’s household. palace J. I, 290; III, 277; VI, 368; kulāni bahutthikāni (=bahuitthikāni, bahukitthī° A. IV, 278) appapurisāni “communities in which there are many women but few men” Vin. II, 256=S. II, 264=A. IV, 278; ñāti-kula (my) home Vv 3710 (: pitugehaṃ sandhāya VvA. 171).

—aṅgāra “the charcoal of the family” i.e. one who brings a family to ruin, said of a squanderer S. IV, 324 (text kulaṅgāroti: but vv. ll. show ti as superfluous); printed kulaṅguro (for kul-aṅkuro? v. l. kulaṅgāro) kulapacchimako (should it be kulapacchijjako? cp. vv. ll. at J. IV, 69) dhanavināsako J. VI, 380. Also in kulapacchimako kulagaro pāpadhammo J. IV, 69. Both these refer to an avajāta putta. Cp. also kulassa aṅgārabhūta DhA. III, 350; SnA. 192 (of a dujjāto putto), and kulagandhana; —itthi a wife of good descent, together with kuladhītā, °kumārī, °suṇhā, °dāsī at Vin. II, 10; A. III, 76; Vism. 18. —ûpaka (also read as °upaka, °ûpaga; °upaga; for ûpaga, see Trenckner, P. M. 62, n. 16; cp. kulopaka Divy 307) frequenting a family, dependent on a (or one & the same) family (for alms, etc.); a friend, an associate. Freq. in formula kulūpako hoti bahukāni kulāni upasaṅkamati, e.g. Vin. III, 131, 135; IV, 20.—Vin. I, 192, 208; III, 84, 237; V, 132; S. II, 200 sq.; A. III, 136, 258 sq.; Pv III, 85; Vism. 28; DA. I, 142 (rāja°); PvA. 266. f. kulūpikā (bhikkhunī) Vin. II, 268; IV, 66; —gandhana at It. 64 and kule gandhina at J. IV, 34 occur in the same sense and context as kulaṅgāra in J. -passages on avajāta-putta. The It-MSS. either explain k- gandhana by kulacchedaka or have vv. ll. kuladhaṃsana and kusajantuno. Should it be read as kulaṅgāraka? Cp. gandhina; —geha clanhouse, i.e. father’s house DhA. I, 49. —tanti in kulatantikulapaveṇi-rakkhako anujāto putto “one who keeps up the line & tradition of the family” J. VI, 380; —dattika (and °dattiya) given by the family or clan J. III, 221 (°sāmika); IV, 146 (where DhA. I, 346 reads °santaka), 189 (°kambala); VI, 348 (pati). —dāsī a female slave in a respectable family Vin. II, 10; VvA. 196; —dūsaka one who brings a family into bad repute Sn. 89; DhA. II, 109; —dvāra the door of a family Sn. 288; —dhītā the daughter of a respectable family Vin. II, 10; DhA. III, 172; VvA. 6; PvA. 112; —pasāda the favour received by a family, °ka one who enjoys this favour A. I, 25, cp. SnA 165, opp. of kuladūsaka; —putta a clansman, a (young) man of good family, fils de famille, cp. Low Ger. haussohn; a gentleman, man of good birth. As 2nd characteristic of a Brahmin (with sujāto as 1st) in formula at D. I, 93, 94≈; Vin. I, 15, 43, 185, 288, 350; M. I, 85≈(in kāmānaṃ ādīnavo passage), 192, 210, 463; A. II, 249; J. I, 82; VI, 71; It. 89; VvA. 128; PvA. 12, 29; —macchariya selfishness concerning one’s family, touchiness about his clan D. III, 234 (in list of 5 kinds of selfishness); also to be read at Dhs. 1122 for kusala°; —vaṃsa lineage, progeny M. II, 181; A. III, 43; IV, 61; DA. I, 256; expressions for the keeping up of the lineage or its neglect are: °ṭhapana D. III, 189; PvA. 5; nassati or nāseti J. IV, 69; VvA. 149; upacchindati PvA. 31, 82; —santaka belonging to one’s family, property of the clan J. I, 52; DhA. I, 346 (where J. IV, 146 reads °dattika). (Page 222)

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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