Suttapitaka, aka: Suttapiṭaka, Sutta-pitaka; 3 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Suttapitaka in Theravada glossaries]

One of the three divisions of the Tipitaka. It consists of five Nikayas

Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, Anguttara Khuddaka.

The first four are homogeneous and cognate in character. A number of suttas appear in two or more of them.

(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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Pali-English dictionary

[Suttapitaka in Pali glossaries]

suttapiṭaka : (nt.) the portion of the Buddhist Scriptures containing discourses.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Sutta, 2 (nt.) (Vedic sūtra, fr. sīv to sew) 1. a thread, string D. I, 76; II, 13; Vin. II, 150; Pv. II, 111 (=kappāsiyā sutta PvA. 146); J. I, 52.—fig. for taṇhā at Dhs. 1059; DhsA. 364.—kāḷa° a carpenter’s measuring line J. II, 405; Miln. 413; dīgha° with long thread J. V, 389; makkaṭa° spider’s thread Vism. 136; yantā° string of a machine VbhA. 241.—Mentioned with kappāsa as barter for cīvara at Vin. III, 216.—2. the (discursive, narrational) part of the Buddhist Scriptures containing the suttas or dialogues, later called Sutta-piṭaka (cp. Suttanta). As such complementary to the Vinaya. The fanciful expln of the word at DhsA. 19 is: “atthānaṃ sūcanto suvuttato savanato ‘tha sūdanato suttāṇā-sutta-sabhāgato ca suttaṃ Suttan ti akkhātaṃ. ” — D. II, 124; Vin. II, 97; VbhA. 130 (+vinaya); SnA 159, 310 (compared with Vinaya & Abhidhamma).—3. one of the divisions of the Scriptures (see navaṅga) A. II, 103, 178; III, 177, 361 sq.; Miln. 263.—4. a rule, a clause (of the Pātimokkha) Vin. I, 65, 68; II, 68, 95; III, 327.—5. a chapter, division, dialogue (of a Buddh. text), text, discourse (see also suttanta) S. III, 221 (pl. suttā), 253; V, 46; Nett 118; DhsA. 28. suttaso chapter by chapter A. V, 72, 81; suttato according to the suttas Vism. 562=VbhA. 173.—6. an ancient verse, quotation J. I, 288, 307, 314. ‹-› 7. book of rules, lore, text book J. I, 194 (go° lore of cows); II, 46 (hatthi° elephant trainer’s handbook).

—anta 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. —kantikā (scil. itthi) a woman spinner PvA. 75; as °kantī at J. II, 79. —kāra a cotton-spinner Miln. 331. —guḷa a ball of string D. I, 54; M. III, 95; Pv IV. 329; PvA. 145. —jāla a web of thread, a spider’s web Nd2 260. —bhikkhā begging for thread PvA. 145. —maya made of threads, i.e. a net SnA 115, 263. —rajjuka a string of threads Vism. 253; VbhA. 236. —lūkha roughly sewn together Vin. I, 287, 297. —vāda a division of the Sabbatthavādins Dpvs 5, 48; Mhvs 5, 6; Mhbv 97. —vibhaṅga classification of rules Vin. II, 97. Also title of a portion of the Vinaya Piṭaka. (Page 718)

2) Sutta, 1 (pp. of supati) asleep Vin. III, 117; V, 205; D. I, 70; II, 130; Dh. 47; It. 41; J. V, 328.—(nt.) sleep D. II, 95; M. I, 448; S. IV, 169. In phrase °-pabuddha “awakened from sleep” referring to the awakening (entrance) in the deva-world, e.g. Vism. 314 (brahmalokaṃ uppajjati); DhA. I, 28 (kanaka-vimāne nibbatti); III, 7 (id.); cp. S. I, 143. (Page 718)

(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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