Samyutta Nikaya, aka: Saṃyutta Nikāya; 2 Definition(s)
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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
One of the five divisions of the Sutta Pitaka.
It consists of 7,762 suttas, (DA.i.17; Gv. 56) and, at the First Council, was given in charge of Maha Kassapa and his pupillary succession (nissitaka). (DA.i.15).
The Nikaya is divided into five main Vaggas and fifty six sections, called Samyuttas, each Samyutta being again subdivided into minor Vaggas or chapters.
Buddhaghosa, wrote a Commentary on the Samyutta, called Saratthappakasini.
The Samyutta Nikaya is quoted in the Milinda Panha. E.g., pp. 137, 242, 377, 379; see also Vin.ii.306, where Uposatha Samyutta is mentioned, but what is evidently meant is the Uposatha Khandhaka.
Kittisirirajasiha, king of Ceylon, had the Samyutta Nikaya copied by scribes (Cv.xcix.33). One of the Samyuttas, the Anamatagga, was preached by Rakkhita in Vanavasa (Mhv.xii.32) and by Mahinda in Ceylon (Mhv.xv.186), soon after their respective arrivals in these countries, at the conclusion of the Third Council. The Nikaya has been translated into Burmese. Bode, op. cit., 92.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).
General definition (in Buddhism)
Saṃyuttanikāya (संयुत्तनिकाय) (“Connected Discourses” or “Kindred Sayings”) is a Buddhist scripture, the third of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the "three baskets" that compose the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism. The Saṃyutta Nikāya corresponds to the Saṃyukta Āgama found in the Sutra Pitikas of various Sanskritic early Buddhists schools, fragments of which survive in Sanskrit and in Tibetan translation.
The vaggas contained in this nikaya are (the numbering of chapters [samyuttas] here refers to the PTS and Burmese editions; the Sinhalese and Thai editions divide the text up somewhat differently):
- Part I. Sagatha-vagga (SN chapters 1-11),
- Part II. Nidana-vagga (SN chapters 12-21),
- Part III. Khandha-vagga (SN chapters 22-34),
- Part IV. Salayatana-vagga (SN chapters 35-44),
- Part V. Maha-vagga (SN chapters 45-56).
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