Vitthara, Vitthāra: 2 definitions

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vitthāra : (m.) explanation; detail; the breadth.

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

Vitthāra, (fr, vi+stṛ) 1. expansion, breadth; Instr. vitthārena in breadth Miln. 17; same Abl. vitthārato J. I, 49.—2. extension, detail; often in C. style, introducing & detailed explanation of the subject in question, either with simple statement “vitthāro” (i.e. here the foll. detail; opp. saṅkhepa), e.g. DA. I, 65, 229; SnA 325 (cp. same in BSk. “vistaraḥ, ” e.g. Divy 428), or with cpds. °kathā SnA 464; PvA. 19; °desanā SnA 163; °vacana SnA 416. Thus in general often in Instr. or Abl. as adv. “in detail, ” in extenso (opp. saṅkhittena in short): vitthārena D. III, 241; S. IV, 93; A. II, 77, 177, 189; III, 177; Pug. 41; PvA. 53, 113; vitthārato Vism. 351, 479; PvA. 71, 77, 81. Cp. similarly BSk. vistarena kāryaṃ Divy 377. (Page 621)

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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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