Chronological order of the Suttas

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Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Sacha G » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:50 pm

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Does anybody know if there is any resouces on the chronological order of the suttas. I don't mean when they were written, but when they were uttered by the Buddha, or when the events took place. For example, the Mahaparinibbanasutta should be the last, and the sermon of Benares should be one of the first.
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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:15 pm

Hi Sacha

You may find this article helpful:

Chronology of the Pali Canon

Bimala Churn Law, Ph.D., M.A., B.L.

Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Researchnstitute, Poona, pp.171-201

Rhys Davids in his Buddhist India (p. 188) has given a chronological table of Buddhist literature from the time of the Buddha to the time of Asoka which is as follows:--

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

2. Episodes found, in identical words, in two or more of the existing books.

3. The Silas, the Parayana, the Octades, the Patimokkha.

4. The Digha, Majjhima, Anguttara, and Samyutta Nikayas.

5. The Sutta-Nipata, the Thera-and Theri-Gathas, the Udanas, and the Khuddaka Patha.

6. The Sutta Vibhanga, and Khandhkas.

7. The Jatakas and the Dhammapadas.

8. The Niddesa, the Itivuttakas and the Patisambbhida.

9. The Peta and Vimana-Vatthus, the Apadana, the Cariya-Pitaka, and the Buddha-Vamsa.

10. The Abhidhamma books; the last of which is the Katha-Vatthu, and the earliest probably the Puggala-Pannatti.


http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebsut053.htm

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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:33 pm

While it is not comprehensive, and some modern scholarly works will probably have much more detail, and probably some corrections to some of the dates, "The Life of the Buddha : According to the Pali Canon" by Bhikkhu Nanamoli arranges some of the important Sutta and Vinaya material in chronological order, giving some idea of the major events. So from the point of view of an interested student of Dhamma, it is a very useful resource.

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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Dmytro » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:36 am

Hi Sacha,

Here's the order of the places where Buddha spent rain seasons:

http://www.buddhanet.net/bud_lt17.htm

And these places are often given in the beginning of the sutta.

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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Sacha G » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:26 pm

Hi thanx to all for these precious pieces of information!
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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:18 pm

Here is another good link which shows the Buddha's life and the Sutta references:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/buddha.html

As you can see the Suttas jump around and don't go in any particular chronological order.

I think Bhikkhu Nanamoli's classic does this as well (not online yet, but available from publishers):

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Buddha-Accor ... 1928706126
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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Alexei » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:05 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:not online yet

Partially available here: http://books.google.com/books?id=nPvanP ... &q&f=false

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