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The Khuddakapatha (-pāṭha; Pali for "short passages"; abbreviated as "Khp") is a Buddhist scripture, the first collection of discourses (suttas) in the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. It includes texts essential to Buddhist disciples.



The collection is composed of the following nine discourses:

  1. "Going for Refuge" (Saranattayam)
  2. "Ten Precepts" (Dasasikkhapadam)
  3. "Thirty-two Parts [of the Body]" (Dvattimsakaro)[1]
  4. "Novice's Questions" (Kumarapanha)
  5. "Discourse on Blessings" (Mangala Sutta)
  6. "Discourse on Treasures" (Ratana Sutta)
  7. "[Hungry Shades] Outside the Wall Chapter" (Tirokutta Sutta)
  8. "Reserve Fund Chapter" (Nidhikanda Sutta)
  9. "Discourse on Lovingkindess" (Metta Sutta)

The Khuddakapatha is considered a late addition to the Pali Canon, collecting discourses all but one of which is found elsewhere in the Pali Canon. (The Nidhi Kanda is not extant in the current Pali Canon but does include text [Khp 8.9] quoted in the Abhidhamma Pitaka's Kathavatthu [Kv 351,18-21].)[2]


  • Tr R. C. Childers, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1869
  • Tr F. L. Woodward, in Some Sayings of the Buddha, 1925
  • "The text of the minor sayings", in Minor Anthologies of the Pali Canon, volume I, tr C. A. F. Rhys Davids, 1931, Pali Text Society[1], Bristol
  • "The minor readings", in 1 volume with "The illustrator of ultimate meaning", its commentary, tr Nanamoli, 1960, Pali Text Society, Bristol


  1. ^ Cf. Patikulamanasikara for an enumeration and traditional contextualization of the canonical identification of thirty-one or thirty-two body parts.
  2. ^ Hinuber (2000), pp. 42-44, sec. 85-87.


  • Hinüber, Oskar von (2000). A Handbook of Pāli Literature. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-016738-7.
  • CSCD Tipitaka Version 2.0. A compiled CD-ROM with the Sixth Sangha Council's Tipitaka collection.

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