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The Tipitaka — The Pali Canon 1

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Published: 2014-11-14

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The Tipitaka (Pali ti, “three,” + pitaka, “baskets”), or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka and the paracanonical Pali texts (commentaries, chronicles, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts.

The Pali canon is a vast body of literature: in English translation the texts add up to thousands of printed pages. Most (but not all) of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available on this website, this collection can be a good place to start.

The three divisions of the Tipitaka are:

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Vinaya Pitaka

The collection of texts concerning the rules of conduct governing the daily affairs within the Sangha — the community of bhikkhus (ordained monks) and bhikkhunis (ordained nuns). Far more than merely a list of rules, the Vinaya Pitaka also includes the stories behind the origin of each rule, providing a detailed account of the Buddha’s solution to the question of how to maintain communal harmony within a large and diverse spiritual community.

Sutta Pitaka

The collection of suttas, or discourses, attributed to the Buddha and a few of his closest disciples, containing all the central teachings of Theravada Buddhism. (More than one thousand sutta translations are available on this website.) The suttas are divided among five nikayas (collections):

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Bo Leaf Digha Nikaya — the “long collection”
Bo Leaf Majjhima Nikaya — the “middle—length collection”
Bo Leaf Samyutta Nikaya — the “grouped collection”
Bo Leaf Anguttara Nikaya — the “further—factored collection”
Bo Leaf Khuddaka Nikaya — the “collection of little texts”:
    Bo Leaf Khuddakapatha
    Bo Leaf Dhammapada
    Bo Leaf Udana
    Bo Leaf Itivuttaka
    Bo Leaf Sutta Nipata
    Bo Leaf Vimanavatthu
    Bo Leaf Petavatthu
    Bo Leaf Theragatha
    Bo Leaf Therigatha
    Bo Leaf Jataka
    Bo Leaf Niddesa
    Bo Leaf Patisambhidamagga
    Bo Leaf Apadana
    Bo Leaf Buddhavamsa
    Bo Leaf Cariyapitaka
    Bo Leaf Nettippakarana (included only in the Burmese edition of the Tipitaka)
    Bo Leaf Petakopadesa ( “ ” )
    Bo Leaf Milindapañha ( “ ” )

Abhidhamma Pitaka

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The collection of texts in which the underlying doctrinal principles presented in the Sutta Pitaka are reworked and reorganized into a systematic framework that can be applied to an investigation into the nature of mind and matter.

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