Ancient Commentaries are representative of Theravada?

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Ancient Commentaries are representative of Theravada?

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Postby retrofuturist » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:40 pm

Greetings Robert,

Is there a specific criteria that differentiates between whose commentary is allowed to be regarded as official, and whose should be regarded otherwise?

I'm wondering what non-arbitrary criteria IB Horner uses to separate the official "commentators" from the mere "improvers".

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Re: Ancient Commentaries are representative of Theravada?

Postby robertk » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:43 pm

Hi retro,
She means Buddhaghosa and Dhammapala.
I am not aware of any others that rank as Commentators , with a capital C.

Some of the very old tikas, the sub- commentaries also rate highly, but they of course never disagree with the Commentaries.

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