Lokuttara; 7 Definition(s)


Lokuttara 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)

Transcendent; supramundane (see magga, phala, and nibbana).(Source): Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms


is a term for the 4 paths and 4 fruitions of sotāpatti, etc. (s. ariya-puggala), with Nibbāna as ninth.

Hence one speaks of '9 supermundane things' (nava-lokuttara-dhamma). Cf. prec.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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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).


Lokuttara means greater than worldly things, higher than worldly thing, beyond worldly thing, or supramundane.

(Source): Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

Lokuttara is beyond the world.

(Source): Buddhist Information: A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas

Cittas which experience;

(Source): Dhamma Study: Cetasikas

Loka + Uttara = Lokuttara. Here Loka, means the five aggregates. Uttara means above, beyond or that which transcends. It is the supra mundane consciousness that enables one to transcend this world of mind body

(Source): Pali Kanon: A manual of Abhidhamma
Abhidhamma book cover
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Abhidhamma (अभिधम्म) usually refers to the last section (piṭaka) of the Pali canon and includes schematic classifications of scholastic literature dealing with Theravāda Buddhism. Primary topics include psychology, philosophy, methodology and metaphysics which are rendered into exhaustive enumerations and commentaries.


lokuttara : (adj.) super-mundane; transcendental.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali book cover
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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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