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Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:05 pm
by DarrenM
Are there any books or studies recommended for the oldest Pali Canon Suttas or Vaggas?

Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:17 pm
by Idappaccayata
Gil fronsdal has a book called "the Buddha before Buddhism" that's about the book of eights, which is considered to be one of the earliest suttas.

Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:11 am
by thomaslaw
DarrenM wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:05 pm
Are there any books or studies recommended for the oldest Pali Canon Suttas or Vaggas?
Yes, the following book, according to the scholar monk, Yin Shun, regards the Sutra/Sutta-anga portion of the Samyukta-Agama/Samyutta-Nikaya for the oldest early Buddhist texts:

Choong Mun-keat. 2000. The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism: A Comparative Study Based on the Sutra-anga portion of the Pali Samyutta-Nikaya and the Chinese Samyuktagama (Series: Beitrage zur Indologie Band 32; Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden).

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Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:43 am
by Volo
Bhikkhu Sujato in his "History of mindfulness" presents his views on this point.

Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:48 am
by StormBorn
Below two articles might also contribute to improve your knowledge on this topic. :smile:

Chronology of the Pali Canon by Prof. Bimala Churn Law

Sri Lanka's Contribution to the Development of the Pali Canon by Prof. Oliver Abeynayake

Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:45 am
by DarrenM
Great, Thankyou all for your replies. :smile:

Re: Oldest Suttas or Vaggas

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:42 pm
by thang
Be very careful about the EBT analisis of modern scholars.

Bhikkhuni supporting monks may try to prove that the passages about additional rules on bhikkhunis are inauthentic.
Anti-Vipassana monks may try to prove that the passages about vipassana are inauthentic.
Political missionary monks may try to prove that the passages about non-political behavior are inauthentic.

Many scholars have their biases and views.