Theriya Networks and the Circulation of the Pali Canon in South Asia

The Vibhajjavadins Reconsidered

Authors

  • Alexander Wynne Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.36762

Keywords:

Pāḷi, Tipiṭaka, Aṭṭhakathā, Vibhajjavāda, Theriya, Mahāvihāra, Nāgārjunakoṇḍa

Abstract

This article offers further support for Lance Cousins’ thesis that the Pali canon, written down in the first century BCE in Sri Lanka, was based largely on a Theriya manuscript tradition from South India. Attention is also given to some of Cousins’ related arguments, in particular, that this textual transmission occurred within a Vibhajjavadin framework; that it occurred in a form of ‘proto-Pali’ close to the Standard Epigraphical Prakrit of the first century BCE; and that that distinct Sinhalese nikayas emerged perhaps as late as the third century CE.

Author Biography

Alexander Wynne, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

Alexander Wynne is the Assistant Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. His work focuses on the intellectual history of Indian Buddhism, and the Pāli mansucript tradition of Theravāda Buddhism.

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Published

2018-12-31

How to Cite

Wynne, A. (2018). Theriya Networks and the Circulation of the Pali Canon in South Asia: The Vibhajjavadins Reconsidered. Buddhist Studies Review, 35(1-2), 245–259. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.36762