Pariyatti: 6 definitions



Pariyatti 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)

Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist TermsTheoretical understanding of Dhamma obtained through reading, study, and learning. See patipatti and pativedha.Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

F (Study of the dhamma).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'learning the doctrine', the 'wording of the doctrine'.

In the 'progress of the disciple' (q.v.), 3 stages may be distinguished:

  • theory,
  • practice,
  • realization,


  • (1) learning the wording of the doctrine (pariyatti),
  • (2) practising it (patipatti),
  • (3) penetrating it (pativedha) and realising its goal. (App.).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

For theory, practice and realization, s. pariyatti.

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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

pariyatti : (f.) the Scriptures.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Pariyatti, (f.) (fr. pari+āp, cp. Epic Sk. paryāpti & P. pariyāpuṇāti) adequacy, accomplishment, sufficiency, capability, competency; indriya-paro° efficiency in the (knowledge of) thoughts of others S. V, 205; Nett 101. Three accomplishments are distinguished at DA. I, 21 sq. , viz. alagadd-ûpamā (like a serpent), nissaraṇatthā (on account of salvation) and bhaṇḍâgārika° (of a treasurer), apariyatti-kara bringing no advantage DhA. I, 71.—2. accomplishment in the Scriptures, study (learning by heart) of the holy texts Vism. 95. Also the Scriptures themselves as a body which is handed down through oral tradition. In this meaning the word is only found in later, dogmatic literature; —tīsu piṭakesu tividho pariyatti-bhedo DA. I, 21. At SnA 494 it is classed with paccaya dhutaṅga & adhigama; as a part of paṭibhāna at Nd1 234=Nd2 386. pariyattiṃ uggaṇhāti to undertake the learning (of the Scriptures) DhA. II, 30; cp. KhA 91 (tipiṭaka-sabba-p. -pabheda-dhara); J. II, 48 (°ṃ ṭhapetvā leaving the learning aside); Miln. 115, 215, 345, 411 (āgama°).—Abl. pariyattito through learning by heart SnA 195 (opp. to atthato according to the meaning).

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context information

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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