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puññakiriyavatthu {pi}

Pāḷi; √ puñña + kiriya + vatthu
alt. sp.: IPA: puɲɲəkɪɾɪjəʋət̪t̪ʰu, Velthuis: pu~n~nakiriyavatthu, readable: punnyakiriyavatthu, simple: punnakiriyavatthu
translation ~:
khmer: បុញ្ញកិរិយវត្ថុ
thai: ปุญฺญกิริยวตฺถุ
sinhal.: පුඤ්ඤකිරියවත්ථු
burm.: ပုညကိရိယဝတ္ထု


[dic] puññakiriyavatthu (punnakiriyavatthu)

puññakiriyavatthu: Base of meritorious actions', 'area of benefical deeds'. See also puñña (merit).

ATI Glossary

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Buddhist Dictionary

by late Ven. Nyanalokita Thera:

puñña-kiriya-vatthu: 'bases of meritorious action'.

In the Suttas, 3 are mentioned consisting of giving (liberality; dāna-maya-puñña), of morality (sīla-maya-puñña) and of mental development (meditation; bhāvanā-maya-puñña).

See DN 33; Iti 3.60; expl. in AN 8.36.

Commentaries have a list of ten (dasa-puñña) which is very popular in Buddhist countries: (1)-(3) as above, (4) reverence (apaciti), (5) service (veyyāvacca), (6) transference of merit (pattānuppadāna), (7) rejoicing in others' merit (abbhānumodana), (8) expounding the Doctrine (desanā), (9) listening to the Doctrine (savana), (10) straightening one's right views (rectification of views; diṭṭhujukamma).

- Expl. in Aṭṭhasālinī Translation 209ff.

See 'The Advantages of Merit', by Bhikkhu Khantipālo (BODHI LEAVES B. 38).


PTS Dictionary

by the Pali Text Society:


Glossary Thanissaro

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Illustrated Glossary of Pāli Terms

by Ven. Varado Maha Thera:

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Glossary various Teacher

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See also

Suttas and Dhammadesanā

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