(contains the Dhammapada)
|The Pāli Canon is the standard collection of scriptures from Gautama Buddha in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as preserved in the Pāli language. It is the only completely surviving early Buddhist canon, and one of the first to be written down.
The Pali Canon was composed in North India, and preserved orally until it was committed to writing during the Fourth Buddhist Council in Sri Lanka in 29 BCE, approximately four hundred and fifty four years after the dying of Gautama Buddha.For practicing Buddhists, references to “dharma” particularly as “the Dharma”, generally means the teachings of the Buddha. The Dharma Wheel symbolise the Wheel of Buddhist Law, the endless cycle of birth and rebirth and the 8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path.
|Content of the Pali Canon
|The Pāli Canon falls into three general categories, called pitaka (basket). Because of this, the canon is traditionally known as the Tipitaka. The three pitakas are as follows:
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