Pathavidhatu, Paṭhavīdhātu, Pathavi-dhatu: 4 definitions


Pathavidhatu 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: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'earth-element'. or 'solid element'. It is cognizable through the sensations of pressure, touch, cold, heat. pain, etc. - About the 4 elements. s. dhātu, khandha (I. A.).

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

Earth element (paṭhavī-dhātu): Internal earth elements include

  • head hair,
  • body hair,
  • nails,
  • teeth,
  • skin,
  • flesh,
  • sinews,
  • bone,
  • organs,
  • intestinal material, etc.

Also see: Mahābhūta;

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pathavidhatu in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

paṭhavīdhātu : (f.) the earth element.

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

Paṭhavīdhātu refers to: the earth element (see above) D. I, 215; II, 294; III, 228, 247; M. I, 185; 421; S. II, 170; Dhs. 588, 648, 962 (cp. Dhs. translation 241); Nett 73, 74; VbhA. 55;

Note: paṭhavīdhātu is a Pali compound consisting of the words paṭhavī and dhātu.

Pali book cover
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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