[Translated from the Sinhalese for the THEOSOPHIST]
THE LAW OF THE LORD SAKHYA MUNI.
By the Rev. Mohottivatte Gunanande, Chief Priest of Dipaduttama Vihare, Colombo, Ceylon; Member of the General Council of the Theosophical Society.
Understanding that even Oriental folk-lore will find a place in your new magazine, THE THEOSOPHIST, I purpose to send you for publication from time to time "Extracts from the Pali Buddhistical Scriptures of Ceylon," propounding the popular Buddhism of my countrymen the Sinhalese, the Natives proper of Sri Lanka. My first selections are from the "Saddhamma Samgaho." It is a book very generally read in Ceylon, but it has never been translated into any European language. The book treats in detail, and in regular order, on Thirty Theses of Buddhism, each of which is a grand division in the exoteric creed of the land: and, the denominations of the three and thirty several subjects are embodied in the following gathas --
"Lokuppatti katha ceva,
"Atho satta katha pica,
"Savakanam katha puna,
"Katha vinaya dhammeca,
"Acchariya katha catha,
"Brahma-loka katha puna,
"Tanhakkhaya katha capi,
"Kathhtha ditthiya katha,
"Gahattha vinayam tatha,
"Dana sila kathapica,
"Muninda sununo tatha,
"Dayassa dipana katha,
"Timsatettha bhave kama."
(1) The Discourse on the birth (coming into being)of the World, (2) on Creatures, (3) on Bodhisatva (Buddha prior to his attaining to Buddhahood), (4) on Buddha's attaining to Buddhahood, (5) on the Preaching of his Wheel of Dharma or Law, (6) on his Disciples, (7) on Vinaya or Ceremonial Law, (8) on the Sublimity of the Three Gems,(9) on the Celestial Worlds,(10) on Abhidhamma or the Transcendental Doctrines, (11) on the peculiar Dogmas of Buddhism, (12) on False Creeds, (13) on the taking of Refuge, (14) on Lay-Vinaya or Precepts regulating the conduct of Laymen, (15) on the Destiny of men, (16) on Alms, (17) on Religious Life, (l8) on Heaven, (19) on Hell, (20) on Passions, &c., (21) on Meditation, (22) on Brahma-Worlds, (23) on Nirvana, (24) on Pari-Nirvana, (25) on Relics, (26) on Collation and Recitation of Dhamma or Buddha's Teachings, (27) on the Importation of the Religion into Ceylon, (28) on the Promulgation of the Dispensation, (29) on Maittri Buddha, and (30) on the Miscellaneous Discourses.
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