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Chronological order of the Suttas

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Chronology of the Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:08 am

Thomas William 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 Ashoka 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.


Thomas William Rhys Davids was a past president of the Pali Text Society, scholar, Pali translator, and husband of the great Pali translator, Caroline A. F. Rhys Davids (who was also president of the Pali Text Society for some years).
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Chronological order of the Suttas

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

Hello
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

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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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Another chronology of the Pali canon

Postby cobwith » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:42 pm

Found this from the B.O.R.I.
http://justpaste.it/iltu
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khandhāyatanadhātuyo
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Postby cobwith » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:16 am

@ daverupa
Good stuff isn't it?
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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Javi » Wed May 06, 2015 5:13 pm

G. C. Pande, Studies in the Origins of Buddhism is a good book on this

http://www.ahandfulofleaves.org/documen ... _Pande.pdf


Links on textual criticism which is the method to determine the age of historical texts

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http://www.skypoint.com/members/waltzmn/intro.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Most of this information is directly about the Bible, however, it is relevant to all religious texts like the suttas
Vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā — All things decay and disappoint, it is through vigilance that you succeed — Mahāparinibbāna Sutta

Tārakā timiraṃ dīpo māyāvaśyāya budbudaḥ supinaṃ vidyud abhraṃ ca evaṃ draṣṭavya saṃskṛtam — A shooting star, a clouding of the sight, a lamp, An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble, A dream, a lightning’s flash, a thunder cloud — This is the way one should see the conditioned — Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā

I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a chase after wind — Ecclesiastes 1.14

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Re: Chronological order of the Suttas

Postby Dhamma_Basti » Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:31 pm

Compared to the bible, textual criticism with regard to buddhist sources is still painfully underdeveloped. :/
I think nowadays there is rarely anybody still doing it. Von Hinüber is one of them: http://www.ahandfulofleaves.org/documen ... inuber.pdf
When it comes to content there is not much to expect from him, but language and style he knows very well. He's one of the guys who read a passage and can tell by the language alone to what layer of the canon it propably belongs. Very impressive. Usually buddhist studies have to care about sanskrit, chinese and tibetan as well, which leads naturally to loss of precision when it comes to the details. Not so Von Hinüber, he's doing old middle indic languages almost exclusively.
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