Definitions for "Tripitaka"
The three divisions, or "baskets" (pitakas), of buddhist scriptures, -- the Vinayapitaka [Skr. Vinayapitsaka] , or Basket of Discipline; Suttapitaka [Pali] , or Basket of Discourses; and Abhidhammapitaka [Pali] , or Basket of Metaphysics.
literally "Three Baskets". It is believed that during the first council for compiling the teachings of the Buddha, the scriptures were stored in three baskets, dividing Buddha's teachings into the code of discipline for monks, his sermons and discourses, and the higher doctrines (Buddhist philosophy and psychology), therefore it is called "Three Baskets".
Collected sacred texts of Buddhism.