The Khuddaka Nikàya is the fifth part of the Sutta Piñaka, the second division of the Tipiñaka, the sacred scriptures of Buddhism. The word khuddaka means short or minor and this part contains all the books that could not be conveniently fitted into the other four nikàyas. There are 15 books in the Khuddaka Nikàya, the most important being the Dhammapada, the Udàna, the Itivuttaka, the Sutta Nipàta, the Theragàthà, the Therigàthà and the Jàtaka. The other eight books were written later and are of little significance for a deeper understanding of the Buddha's original teachings.