Reuse of Text in P?li Legal Commentaries


  • Petra Kieffer-Pulz Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz



Pāli commentarial legal literature, Samantapāsādikā, Kaṅkhāvitaraṇī, Pālimuttaka-vinayavinicchaya-saṅgaha, Vinaya-lakkhaṇa-rāsī, Pātimokkha-padattha-anuvaṇṇanā


We will examine three types of reuse represented in P?li legal literature: (1) unacknowledged borrowings of authoritative opinions and definitions adapted (such as by dropping the references given in the source text) and rearranged (Samantap?s?dik? > Ka?kh?vitara??; fourth to fifth century ce); (2) unacknowledged borrowings of largely unchanged selected text portions being rearranged (Samantap?s?dik? > Vinaya-sa?gaha; twelfth century CE); and (3) unconnected extracts of unchanged text portions lined up in the sequence of the source text (for instance P?timokkha-padattha-anuva??an? > Vinaya-lakkha?a-r?s?; eighteenth (?) century CE).


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How to Cite

Kieffer-Pulz, P. (2017). Reuse of Text in P?li Legal Commentaries. Buddhist Studies Review, 33(1-2), 8–45.



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