Sappa Sutta; 2 Definition(s)

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Sappa 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Sappa Sutta. Once, when the Buddha was staying at the Kalandakanivapa in Veluvana, Mara appeared before him in the shape of a monstrous cobra and tried to frighten him. But the Buddha, recognizing him, said that Buddhas knew no fear. S.i.106f.

2. Sappa Sutta. The five disadvantages in a black snake, and the same disadvantages in a woman they are unclean, evil smelling, timid, fearful and betray friends. A.iii.260.

3. Sappa Sutta. Same as (2), the qualities being anger, ill will, poison (passion in a woman), forked tongue and treachery. A.iii.260.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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

Sappa Sutta in Pali glossary... « previous · [S] · next »

Sappa, (cp. Sk. sarpa, fr. sṛp; “serpent”) a snake M. I, 130; A. III, 97, 260 sq.; Sn. 768; J. I, 46, 259, 310, 372; V, 447 (kaṇha°); Nd1 7; DA. I, 197; SnA 13. Often in similes, e.g. Vism. 161, 587; KhA 144; SnA 226, 333. —°potaka a young snake Vism. 500; —°phaṇa the hood of a snake KhA 50.—Cp. sappin. (Page 680)

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