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Vinaya Pitaka

Vinaya Piṭaka

The Basket of the Discipline The Vinaya Pitaka, the first division of the Tipitaka, is the textual framework upon which the monastic community (Sangha) is built. It includes not only the rules governing the life of every Theravada bhikkhu (monk) and bhikkhuni (nun), but also a host of procedures and …

Introduction to Khuddaka Nikaya

by Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahāthero The Tipitaka (Pali ti, “three,” + pitaka, “baskets”), or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka and the paracanonical Pali texts (commentaries, chronicles, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts. The three divisions of the Tipitaka are: a. Vinaya …