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The Itivuttaka is a small book in the Khuddaka Nikaya, the fifth part in the Sutta Pitaka, the first division of the Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Buddhism. The name itivuttaka means ‘as was said’ and the work consists of 122 short discourses or suttas with a verse at the end of each. Unlike nearly all other discourses, these ones do not begin by mentioning where they were spoken. According to tradition they were all delivered by the Buddha in Kosambi where a servant woman named Khujjuttarà from the royal palace heard them, committed them to memory and passed them down.


  • The Itivuttaka – The Sayings of the Buddha, trans by J.D. Ireland, 1991.
  • Pali Text Society