A Handbook Pali Literature by Oskar von Hinüber

By Oskar von Hinüber

The guide surveys the complete of Pali Theravada Buddhist literature (Ceylon, South East Asia). It experiences prior learn within the box, after which concentrates on new methodological methods and a therapy of later Pali literature (after the 12th century).

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This points to a local tradition preserved in place name~erhaps they are not really meant originally to point to the place where a certain discourse was given, but rather to the place where a text was handed down. Woodward «(871-1952), who has observed that Savatthi is mentioned in no less than 736 Suttantas of the SN, which according to Woodward might have been compiled therelIo. Since statistics even for the Theravada canon are non-existing, let alone for Buddhist Sanskrit texts, this area requires further investigation.

No. 30 LakkhaQasuttanta "text on the marks (of a mahlipurisa "great man")" contains verses in various complicated metres, hardly known otherwise ll9 . No. 31. SiIigalovadasuttanta "text on the instruction of SiIigala" treats the ethics for laymen and is called gihivinaya "Vinaya for the house-holders". The instruction is given in the form of questions and answers, and may have been some kind of manual for teaching lay- 116 117 118 119 For the time being cf. Bareau 1979 and Waldschmidt 1950/51. Cf.

Frauwallner 1956: 45sq. partly following Finot 1932. 2 The Basket of the Teaching § 46- 128 The account on the last wandering of the Buddha, his food poisoning, finally his death at Kusinara, and the distribution of the relics, is indeed the first really long literary composition extant in ancient ')ndia. Although Brahmar;las as such are of course much longer, they are--compiled from small, separate and independent pieces, while the Mahaparinibbanasuttanta is built according to a uniform plan. The structure of this text, which has never really been investigated 116, shows how the redactor(s) had to struggle with such an unusally long text.

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