Ukkutika, aka: Ukkuṭika; 2 Definition(s)


Ukkutika 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


ukkuṭika : (adj.) squatting.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ukkuṭika, (fr. ud + *kuṭ = *kuñc, as in kuṭila & kuñcita; lit. “bending up”. The BSk. form is ukkuṭuka, e.g. Av. S. I, 315) a special manner of squatting. The soles of the feet are firmly on the ground, the man sinks down, the heels slightly rising as he does so, until the thighs rest on the calves, and the hams are about six inches or more from the ground. Then with elbows on knees he balances himself. Few Europeans can adopt this posture, & none (save miners) can maintain it with comfort, as the calf muscles upset the balance. Indians find it easy, & when the palms of the hands are also held together upwards, it indicates submission. See Dial. I. 231 n. 4.—Vin. I, 45 (°ṃ nisīdati); III, 228; A. I, 296; II, 206; Pug. 55; Vism. 62, 104, 105 (quot. fr. Papañca Sūdanī) 426; DhA. I, 201, 217; II, 61 (as posture of humility); III, 195; IV, 223.

—padhāna (in BSk. distorted to utkuṭuka-prahāṇa Divy 339 = Dh. 141) exertion when squatting (an ascetic habit) D. I, 167; M. I, 78, 515; A. I, 296; II, 206; J. I, 493; III, 235; IV, 299; Dh. 141 (= ukkuṭika-bhāvena āraddha-viriyo DhA. III, 78). (Page 125)

(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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