Vasala Sutta, Vasalasutta: 2 definitions


Vasala Sutta 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.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Vasala Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The seventh sutta of the Uragavagga of the Sutta Nipata. It was preached at Savatthi to the brahmin Aggikabharadvaja (it is thus also called the Aggikabharadvaja Sutta, SNA.174), who reviled the Buddha, calling him outcaste (vasala) when the Buddha went to his house for alms.

The Buddha replied that the brahmin knew neither the meaning of vasala, nor what makes a man such. At the request of the brahmin he preached this sutta, the burden of which is that it is not by birth that one is an outcaste or a brahmana, but by ones deeds (SN., pp. 21f). The Sutta is also included in the Parittas (q.v.).

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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

[«previous next»] — Vasala Sutta in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vasalasutta refers to: the suttanta on outcasts Sn. 116 sq. (p, 21 sq.), commented on at SnA 174 sq. 289. (Page 604)

Note: vasalasutta is a Pali compound consisting of the words vasala and sutta.

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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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