Definition of Tripitaka in US English:



the Tripitaka
  • The discourses of the Buddha, collected in the first century and arranged into the three divisions of sermons, monastic law, and metaphysics. Only the compilation of the Theravada school, written in Pali, survives in its entirety.

    • ‘There are well bound Tripitakas on ola leaves written in Pali displayed in a separate bookshelf.’
    • ‘The number of volumes comprising the Tripitakas is without parallel in any other religion.’
    • ‘Tradition has it that the Tripitaka was first compiled in about 250 B.C. by a Buddhist council convened by the Indian Emperor Asoka.’
    • ‘They contain 84,000 articles or Tripitakas of Buddha's teachings, written in Pali with Khmer translations.’
    • ‘During the readings, the monks and the members of the public will read the Tripitaka aloud in unison.’


From Sanskrit tripiṭaka, literally ‘the three baskets or collections’.