Reply To: Paññatti


Paññatti means “to establish conventions” to characterize things in this world so that people can communicate among themselves.

  • Each language has assigned “names” for things, time, etc. 
  • One can get a basic idea of how to assign time by reading the “Niruttipatha Sutta (SN 22.62).”
  • Another set of examples is in the “Mahānidāna Sutta (DN 15).” Here, “paññāyethā” means “without such assignments, one cannot provide meaning to a word like “adhivacana samphasso” or “paṭigha samphasso.”
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