Sarvāstivādin Canon

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The Sarvāstivādin Canon refers to the core texts of the Sarvāstivāda tradition, which is one of the more influential early Buddhist schools. These texts were written in the Sanskrit language. A large portion of these texts have been tranlated into the Chinese language, and a smaller portion are translated into the Tibetan language. The original Sanskrit manuscripts for some of these texts have also been discovered.[1]

This canons of the early Buddhist schools were traditionally divided into three sections or pitakas ("baskets"). The three pitakas of the Savastivadin Canon are:

  1. Sarvāstivādin Vinaya Piṭaka
  2. Sarvāstivādin Sutra Pitaka
  3. Sarvāstivādin Abhidharma Piṭaka

Notes

  1. E.g. the Dirgha Agama)
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