Theragatha, aka: Theragāthā; 2 Definition(s)
Theragatha 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
The eighth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya, a collection of poems, most of which are believed to have been composed by theras during the lifetime of the Buddha.
Some poems contain life histories of the theras, while others are paeans of joy, extolling their new found freedom.
The work has been published by the P.T.S. (1883) and translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids, as Psalms of the Brethren.
Dhammapala wrote a commentary on the Theragatha, as part of the Paramatthadipani.(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).
Languages of India and abroad
theragāthā : (f.) hymns of the Elders.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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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