Suttanta, Sutta-anta: 3 definitions



Suttanta 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: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

N (Words explaining the meaning (sutta); portion, part (anta)). Second part of the tipitaka into which are grouped and explained all the points regarding the practice, by means of stories. These stories are real and often partake of a metaphorical character.

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

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

suttanta : (m.; nt.) a discourse.

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

Suttanta refers to: 1. a chapter of the Scriptures, a text, a discourse, a sutta, dialogue Vin. I, 140 sq. , 169; II, 75; III, 159; IV, 344; A. I, 60, 69, 72; II, 147; S. II, 267=A. III, 107 (suttantā kavi-katā kāveyyā citt’akkharā cittavyañjanā bāhirakā sāvaka-bhāsitā); Vism. 246 sq. (three suttantas helpful for kāyagatā sati).—2. the Suttantapiṭaka, opp. to the Vinaya Vism. 272 (°aṭṭhakathā opp. to Vinay’aṭṭhakathā). As °piṭaka e.g. at KhA 12; VbhA. 431. See Proper Names.

Note: suttanta is a Pali compound consisting of the words sutta and anta.

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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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