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The process of canonization

Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
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The process of canonization

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:35 pm

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Re: The process of canonization

Postby suanck » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:53 am

B.C. Law, in the article "Chronology of the Pali Canon", suggested the development of the Pali Tipitaka in stages as following:

(1) The simple statements of Buddhist doctrines now found, in identical words, in paragraphs or verses recurring in all the books.

(2) Episodes found, in identical works, in two or more of the existing books.

(3) The Silas, the Parayana group of sixteen poems without the prologue, the atthaka group of four or sixteen poems, the sikkhapadas.

(4) The Digha, Vol. l, the Majjhima, the Samyutta, the Anguttara, and earlier Patimokkha code of 152 rules.

(5) The Digha, Vols. II & III, the Thera-Theri-Gatha, the collection of 500 Jatakas, the Suttavibhanga, the Partisambhidamagga, the Puggala-pannatti and the Vibhanga.

(6) The Mahavagga and the Cullavagga, the Patimokkha code completing 227 rules, the Vimanavatthu and Petavatthu, the Dhammapada and the Kathavatthu.

(7) The Cullaniddesa, the Mahaniddesa, the Udana, the Itivuttaka, the Suttanipata, the Dhatukatha, the Yamaka and the Patthana.

(8) The Buddhavamsa, the Cariyapitaka and the Apadana.

(9) The Parivarapatha.

(10) The Khuddakapatha.

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Re: The process of canonization

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Re: The process of canonization

Postby Paññāsikhara » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:23 am

Notice that Pagel conveniently goes from the Pali canon, to the Mahayana canon, to Tantra. Hasn't he skipped out a huge amount of other early Buddhist material in the process?
Notice also that Law only uses Pali sources. Doesn't he also commit the same error?

Chula's comments above are correct. Sources only indicate Purna.
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