Pathavi Sutta, Pathavī-sutta: 1 definition



Pathavi 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.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Pathavi Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Pathavi Sutta

Seven small balls of clay, as big as jujube kernels, are infinitely smaller than the earth. So with the Ariyan disciple - when he has won understanding, the dukkha that remains is infinitely smaller than that which he has destroyed. S.ii.135f.; repeated at S.v.462f.

2. Pathavi Sutta

The same as the above. S.ii.136.

3. Pathavi Sutta

Incalculable is samsara. The number of parents a man has had would be greater than the number of balls, each the size of a kola (jujube) kernel, that could be made of the clay of the earth. S.ii.179.

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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