Vatthu: 4 definitions


Vatthu means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. 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: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'physical base', i.e. the 6 physical organs on which the mental process is based, are the 5 physical sense-organs and, according to the Com., the heart (hadaya-vatthu, q.v.) as the 6th.

This 6th vatthu must not be confounded with the 6th āyatana, which is a collective name for all consciousness whatever. - (App.).

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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vatthu : (nt.) a site; ground; field; plot; object; a thing; a substance; a story.

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

1) Vatthu, 2 (Vedic vāstu; fr. vas) site, ground, field, plot Vin. III, 50 (ārāma° & vihāra°), 90 (id.); Sn. 209, 473 (sakhetta°, cp. vatthu1 4), 769 (khetta+), 858 (id.); Th. 1, 957 (khetta+vatthu, cp. Brethren p. 3371 & Vin. Texts III, 389 sq.); Miln. 279 (khetta° a plot of arable land); DA. I, 78 (contrasted with khetta, see khetta 1 and cp. vatthu1 1); PvA. 88 (gehassa the back yard of the house); haunted by fairies (parigaṇhanti) D. II, 87.

2) Vatthu, 1 (nt.) (Class. Sk. vastu, fr. vas1) lit. “ground, ” hence 1. (lit.) object, real thing, property, thing, substance (cp. vatthu2!) A. II, 209 (khetta°, where khetta in lit. sense, cp. No. 2). Here belongs the definition of kāma as twofold: vatthu-kāma and kilesa-kāma, or desire for realities, objective kāma, and desire as property of stained character, i.e. subjective kāma, e.g. Nd1 1; SnA 99, 112; DhsA. 62.—On vatthu as general philos. term cp. Dhs. translation 2§§ 455, 679, 1229, also introd. p. 86; Cpd. 15, 31, 1741.—2. (applied meaning) object, item Vin. I, 121 (antima-vatthuṃ ajjhāpannaka guilty of an extreme offence?); V, 138 (the 10 āghāta-vatthūni, as at Vbh. 86); D. III, 252 (seven niddesa°), 255 (eight kusīta°), 258 (eight dāna°); S. II, 41, 56 sq.; Vbh. 71 (cakkhu° etc.), 306 sq. 353; Nett 114 (ten); SnA 172; DhA. IV, 2 (akkosa°); PvA. 8, 20 (dāna°), 26 (left out in id. p. KhA 209), 29, 65 (alabbhaneyya°), 96 (id.), 119, 121 (iṭṭha°), 177, 220. Cp. °bhūta.—3. occasion for, reason, ground A. II, 158 (+khetta (in fig. sense!), āyatana & adhikaraṇa); IV, 334; D. I, 13 sq. (aṭṭhādasahi vatthūhi etc.); J. II, 5 (avatthumhi chandaṃ mâkari do not set your heart on what is unreasonable); vatthunā (Instr.) because PvA. 118; vatthuto (Abl.) on account of PvA. 241. ‹-› 4. basis, foundation, seat, (objective) substratum, substance, element J. I, 146 (kāyo paridevānaṃ v.); VbhA. 404 (+ārammaṇa). See most of the cpds.—5. subjectmatter, subject, story, account SnA 4; DhA. II, 66; PvA. 77, 92, 263, 269. Cp. °gāthā & titles like Petavatthu, Vimānavatthu.

Pali book cover
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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Vatthu (वत्थु) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vastu.

2) Vatthu (वत्थु) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Vāstu.

context information

Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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