Kutadanta Sutta, Kūtadanta-sutta: 1 definition
Kutadanta Sutta 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Preached at Khanumata. Kutadanta consults the Buddha on the best way of making a sacrifice efficacious, and the Buddha tells him of a sacrifice held in days of yore by King Maha Vijitavi, under the guidance of his enlightened purohita. The sacrifice is undertaken with the co operation of the four divisions of the kings subjects. The king has eight personal qualifications, as has his chaplain. No living thing is injured; all the labour is voluntary and the sacrifice is offered, not only on behalf of the king, but of all the good. No regrets are felt at any stage of the sacrifice.
The Buddha then proceeds to tell Kutadanta of other forms of sacrifice more potent than the gift of material things, and ends the sutta with a description of arahantship.
At the conclusion of the discourse Kutadanta declares himself to be a follower of the Buddha. D.i.127ff.
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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