Nidanakatha, aka: Nidānakathā; 2 Definition(s)
Nidanakatha 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)
The introductory chapter of the Jataka Commentary.
It gives the story of the Buddha in three sections:the Dure nidana from the time of his birth, as Sumedha, up to his birth in the Tusita world; the Avidure nidana from his death in Tusita and his birth as Siddhattha, son of Suddhodana, up to his Enlightenment; and the Santike nidana, which contains his story up to the dedication of Jetavana by Anathapindika. J.i.1 94. Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Languages of India and abroad
nidānakathā : (f.) introduction (to a book).Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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