Rukkha: 3 definitions


Rukkha 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: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An officer of Kassapa IV. He built a vihara in Savaraka which he handed over to the Mahavihara. He also laid down rules for the guidance of the monks (Cv.lii.31). v.l. Rakkha.

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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

rukkha : (m.) a tree.

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

Rukkha, (Vedic vṛkṣa. See Geiger, P. Gr. § 13, with note. Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 320 puts rukkha to Sk. rukṣa (shining which as Pischel, following Roth. says has also the meaning “tree” in Ṛgveda). The Prk. form is rukkha. Cp. Wackernagel, Altind. Gr. 1, § 184 b. We find a byform rakkha at J. III, 144. Cp. Brethren, pp. 185, 416, where the Bn MS. has rukkha kathā the meaning being rakkha°) a tree. In the rukkha-mūlik’aṅga (see below) Bdhgh at Vism. 74 gives a list of trees which are not to be selected for the practice of “living at the root of a tree. ” These are sīmantarika-rukkha, cetiya°, niyyāsa°, phala°, vagguli°, susira°, vihāra-majjhe ṭhita°, or a tree standing right on the border, a sacred tree, a resinous tree, a fruit t. , a tree on which bats live, a hollow tree, a tree growing in the middle of a monastery. The only one which is to be chosen is a tree “vihāra-paccante ṭhita, ” or one standing on the outskirt of the Vihāra. He then gives further advice as to the condition of the tree.—Various kinds of trees are given in the definition of r. at Vism. 183, viz. assattha, nigrodha, kacchaka, kapitthaka; ucca, nīca, khuddaka, mahanto; kāḷa, seta.—A very complete list of trees mentioned in the Saṃyutta Nikāya is to be found in the Index to that Nikāya (vol. vi. p. 84, 85) On rukkha in similes see J. P. T. S. 1907, pp. 128—130.—See also the foll. refs. : A. I, 137; II, 109, 207; III, 19, 200, 360; IV 99, 336; V, 4 sq. , 314 sq.; Sn. 603, 712; J. I, 35 (nāga°); Vism. 688 (in simile: mahārukkhe yāva kapp’âvasānā bījaparamparāya rukkha-paveṇiṃ santāyamāne ṭhite); VbhA. 165=Vism. 555 (rukkha phalita); VbhA. 196 (in compn: jātassa avassaṃ jarā-maraṇaṃ, uppannassa rukkhassa patanaṃ viya), 334 sq. (as garu-bhaṇḍa); SnA 5 (“pathavi-ras’ādim iva rukkhe”: with same simile as at Vism. 688, with reading kappâvasānaṃ and santānente); DhA. III, 207 (amba°); VvA. 43 (rāja°), 198 (amba°); DhA. IV, 120 (dīpa°); PvA. 43.

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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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