Sutta Nipata, Sutta-nipāta: 2 definitions


Sutta Nipata 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: Pali Proper Names

One of the books, generally the fifth, of the Khuddaka Nikaya. It consists of five Vaggas - Uraga, Cula, Maha, Atthaka and Parayana - the first four consisting of fifty four short lyrics, while the fifth contains sixteen suttas. Of the thirty eight poems in the first three cantos, six are found in other books of the canon, showing that they had probably existed separately, as popular poems, before being incorporated in the Sutta Nipata. The fourth canto is referred to in the Samyutta Nikaya, the Vinaya Pitaka and the Udana, as a separate work, and this canto was probably very closely associated with the last, because the Niddesa is obviously an old Commentary on them and takes no notice of the remaining cantos. (For a detailed account see Law, Pali Literature i.232f.)

The Dighabhanakas included the Sutta Nipata in the Abhidhamma Pitaka (DA.i.15).

A Commentary exists on the Sutta Nipata, written by Buddhaghosa, and called the Paramatthajotika (q.v.).

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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