CHRONOLOGY
Of Early Buddhist Texts (EBT)

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Comparison between Rhys Davids and the BORI (Bhandarkar OrientalResearch Institute)

RHYS DAVIDS BORI
1 The simple statements of Buddhist doctrine now found, in identical words, in paragraphs or verse recurring in all the books. 1 The simple statements of Buddhist doctrines 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. 2 Episodes found, in identical works, in two or more of the existing books.
3 Silas
Parayana
Octades (Atthaka)
Patimokkha.
3 Silas
Parayana group of sixteen poems without the prologue,
Atthaka group of four or sixteen poems
Sikkhapadas.
4 Digha
Majjhima
Anguttara
Samyutta 
4 Digha (Vol. l)
Majjhima
Samyutta
Anguttara
Earlier Patimokkha code of 152 rules.
5 Sutta-Nipata
Thera-and Theri-Gathas
Udanas
Khuddaka Patha
5 Digha (Vols. II & III)
Thera-Theri-Gatha
Collection of 500 Jatakas
Suttavibhanga
Partisambhidamagga
Puggala-pannatti
Vibhanga
6 Vibhanga
Khandhkas
6 Mahavagga
Cullavagga
Patimokkha code completing 227 rules
Vimanavatthu and Petavatthu
Dhammapada and Kathavatthu
7 The Jatakas
Dhammapadas.
7 Cullaniddesa
Mahaniddesa
Udana
Itivuttaka
Suttanipata
Dhatukatha
Yamaka
Patthana.
8 Niddesa
Itivuttakas
Patisambbhida.
8 Buddhavamsa
Cariyapitaka
Apadana.
9 Peta and Vimana-Vatthus
Apadana
Cariya-Pitaka
Buddha-Vamsa.
9 Parivarapatha.
10 Abhidhamma books 
(the last of which is the Katha-Vatthu, and the earliest probably the Puggala-Pannatti.)
10 Khuddakapatha.

 

This comparison between two great scholars on the Tipitaka shows that you can rely on early sources of Buddhism as follows:

1. The simple statements of Buddhist doctrine now found, in identical words, in paragraphs or verse recurring in all the books.

2. Episodes found, in identical words, in two or more of the existing books.

3. Parayana group of sixteen poems. & Atthaka group of four poems

4. Digha (Vol. l)

5. Majjhima

6 or 7. Samyutta

6 or 7. Anguttara

8. Thera-and Theri-Gathas

This is still subject to debate; yet a good start.

 

 

 



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