Chronology of the Commentaries

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Ceisiwr
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Chronology of the Commentaries

Post by Ceisiwr » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:24 pm

Felt i should start new topic for this


Which is the oldest commentary?




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Form is like a lump of foam;
feeling is like a bubble;
perception seems like a mirage;
volitions like a banana tree;
and consciousness like a magic trick:
so taught the Kinsman of the Sun.

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Re: More Commentaries

Post by Dhammanando » Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:47 pm

Hi Craig,
clw_uk wrote:Which is the oldest commentary?
The earliest commentary-like works would be the commentarial content in the Tipiṭaka itself. For example:

• The definitions of terms in the Vinaya Piṭaka.
• The various suttas in which disciples like Sāriputta and Mahākaccāyana expound at length what the Buddha had expounded in brief.
• The Niddesa of the Khuddaka Nikāya (a commentary to two sections of the Suttanipāta). And perhaps also the Paṭisambhidāmagga.

On the other hand, taking "commentary" in the narrow sense of atthakathā, the oldest extant ones are those of Buddhaghosa, closely followed by those of Dhammapāla. The oldest we know of, but which are no longer extant are the Sinhalese texts from which Buddhaghosa was working — the Mahā-atthakathā, the Mahāpaccarī, and the Kuruṇḍī.

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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If ye thus walk in them, Māra will find no lodgement, Māra will find no foothold.”
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Re: More Commentaries

Post by Ceisiwr » Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:24 pm

Thank you Bhante



:anjali:

Form is like a lump of foam;
feeling is like a bubble;
perception seems like a mirage;
volitions like a banana tree;
and consciousness like a magic trick:
so taught the Kinsman of the Sun.

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