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Guide to Tipitaka

Canonical Pâli Buddhist Literature of the Theravâda School

Acknowledgements

It is a great privilege for me to have been entrusted with the task of compiling this Guide to Tipitaka, So far as it is known, there is not a single work that deals, in outline, with the whole Tipitaka It is sincerely hoped that this compilation will be found useful and handy by the general reader who wishes to be provided with a bird's eye view of the vast and magnificent canonical scenery which represents all that the Buddha (and some of his disciples) had taught and all that has been treasured in the Tipitaka.

In compiling this work, the Pali Texts as approved by the Sixth International Buddhist Synod together with their Burmese translations have been closely adhered to Acknowledgements are due to Dagon U San Ngwe and U Myo Myint who provided notes for some of the chapters Additional information and facts were gathered from various other sources The following complete set of 'Questions and Answers' recorded at the Sixth International Buddhist Synod proved to be a mine of information on the contents of the Tipitaka

  1. Vinaya Pitaka - Questions and Answers, Vol. I.
  2. Vinaya Pitaka - Questions and Answers, Vol. II
  3. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Digha Nikaya' Questions and Answers.
  4. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Majjhima Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol I.
  5. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Majjhima Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol. II
  6. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Samyutta Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol I.
  7. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Samyutta Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol II.
  8. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Anguttara Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol. I.
  9. Suttanta Pitaka - 'Anguttara Nikaya' Questions and Answers, Vol II
  10. Abhidhamma Pitaka - 'Khuddaka Nikaya' Questions and Answers.

Paragraph Nos. cited in this work are from the published Texts as approved by the Sixth International Buddhist Synod.

In conclusion, I wish to put on record my deep gratitude to the members of the Editorial Committee, Burma Pitaka Association, who had spent long hours going through the script with meticulous care and from whose indefatigable labour and erudite counsel this compilation has much benefited.

February 1984
U Ko Lay

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