Majjhima Nikaya, Majjhima-nikāya: 3 definitions


Majjhima Nikaya 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The second book, or collection, of the Sutta Pitaka, containing discourses of medium length.

It consists of eighty bhanavaras and is divided into three sections of fifty suttas each (Pannasa), the last pannasa containing fifty two suttas.

At the First Council the duty of learning the Majjhima Nikaya and of handing it down intact was entrusted to the school of Sariputta (DA.i.15).

Buddhaghosa wrote a commentary to the Majjhima Nikaya, which is called the Papanca Sudani, and Sariputta of Ceylon wrote its tika.

The Majjhima Nikaya was also called the Majjhima Sangiti (E.g., MA.i.2; MT.193, 305).

When the Sasana (Buddhism) disappears, the Majjhima predeceases the Digha Nikaya. MA.ii.881.

context information

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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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

The Majjhima Nikaya ("Collection of Middle-length Discourses") is a Buddhist scripture, the second of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the "three baskets" that compose the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism. This nikaya consists of 152 discourses attributed to the Buddha and his chief disciples.

The Majjhima Nikaya corresponds to the Madhyama Āgama found in the Sutra Pitikas of various Sanskritic early Buddhist schools, fragments of which survive in Sanskrit and in Tibetan translation.

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