Vatthuvijja, Vatthu-vijja, Vatthuvijjā: 3 definitions



Vatthuvijja 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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Vatthuvijja in Theravada glossary
Source: WikiSource: The Brahmajāla Sutta

Vatthu-vijjā refers to “determining whether the site, for a proposed house or pleasance, is lucky or not” and is mentioned among a list of 30 “wrong means of livelihood by low arts” according to the first chapter of the Brahma-Jāla Sutta. The craft is further explained by Buddhaghosa in his comment on the Mahā-parinibbāna Sutta I, 26. Its success depended on the belief that the sites were haunted by spirits.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vatthuvijja in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vatthuvijjā : (f.) the science of building-sites.

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

Vatthuvijjā refers to: the science of (building-) sites, the art of determining a suitable (i.e. lucky) site for a house D. I, 9 (see explanation at DA. I, 93); S. III, 239; Nd1 372; Vism. 269 (in comparison); KhA 237. See also Dial II. 92 & Fick, Sociale Gliederung 152. (Page 599)

Note: vatthuvijjā is a Pali compound consisting of the words vatthu and vijjā.

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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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