robertk wrote:Some of the very old tikas, the sub- commentaries also rate highly, but they of course never disagree with the Commentaries.
Well, on a number of occasions Ācariya Buddhaghosa himself mentions differences of interpretation amongst the ancient Theras. Another example is Ācariya Ānanda's theory of momentariness, which differs from that given by Buddhaghosa, etc.
There are examples ike where Buddhaghosa - as the translator/editor of the ancient Commentaries- observes that the reciters of the Majjhima Comentary had a slightly different version than , I think, the Dhammapada Commentary reciters. In the case I remember the majjhima reciters , when talking about the violent death of Moggalana, said it was due to him killing his parents in a past life. The other groups story had almost the same details except that he tried to kill them but they lived.
Or Buddhaghosa relates an ancient discussion between different Theras on a knotty point. Almost always he eventually gives the correct view.
Sometimes he lists the wrong view , of the vitandavadins ( others) which shows us some of the heretical views around at the time.
Anyway please bring up some examples if you wish.
Ācariya Ānanda can never rate equally with the Commentators, but his work is highly respected due to its perspicuity.
I am not aware of any disagreement between him and the Commentary, although he elucidates some points in further detail.