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 conventions of etiquette that support harmonious relations, both among the monastics themselves, and between the monastics and their lay supporters, upon whom they depend for all their material needs.
The Khuddaka Nikaya can easily be divided into two strata, one being early and the other late. The texts Sutta Nipata, Itivuttaka, Dhammapada, Therigatha (Theragatha), Udana and Jataka belong to the early stratum. The texts Khuddakapatha, Vimanavatthu, Petavatthu, Niddesa, Patisambhida, Apadana, Buddhavamsa and Cariyapitaka can be categorized in the later stratum
Like the other Pfili Nikayas, the Samyutta Nikaya had counterparts in the canonical collections of the other early Buddhist schools, and one such version has been preserved in the Chinese Tripitaka, where it is known as the Tsa-a-han-ching. This was translated from the Sanskrit Samyukt6gama, which the evidence indicates belonged to the Samastivada school…
An English translation of the AṅguttaraNikāya published by the Pali Text Society has long beenin print under the title The Book of the Gradual Sayings. Itwas issued in five volumes, I, II, and V translated by F. L.Woodward, and III and IV by E. M. Hare.
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha – a new translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhu Bodhi
This translation is an extensively revised version of an original draft translation made by the distinguished English scholar-monk, Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1905-1960). During his eleven years’ life in the Buddhist Order, passed entirely at the Island Hermitage in south Sri Lanka, Ven…
This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.