Vinaya Pitaka (1): The Analysis of Monks’ Rules (Bhikkhu-vibhanga)

by I. B. Horner | 2014 | 345,334 words | ISBN-13: 9781921842160

The English translation of the Bhikkhu-vibhanga: the first part of the Suttavibhanga, which itself is the first book of the Pali Vinaya Pitaka, one of the three major ‘baskets’ of Therevada canonical literature. It is a collection of rules for Buddhist monks. The English translation of the Vinaya-pitaka (first part, bhikkhu-vibhanga) contains many...

In such a massive and complex text, I can hardly hope to have eliminated all mistakes. Despite the great help given by the many hands who have worked on this edition, I am all too conscious that much more should be done. Yet other duties call, and I cannot delay this publication indefinitely. Of course, one of the advantages of a digital edition is that it allows for progressive enhancement and correction. If you notice any mistakes, I would be grateful if you would point them out to me.

We have produced the text as HTML, and the ebook formats EPUB, and MOBI, in addition to a PDF version produced with LaTeX. My own experience with the various ebook formats is that they are erratic and unstable, and display quite differently on each device. This is particularly the case for a complex document such as this. We have, nevertheless, done our best to produce standards compliant and clean files, and they work well on the systems we have used for testing. The PDF should, of course, work well everywhere. Since the base text is in a simple and clear HTML5, it can be readily adapted to other formats. If you make any substantive adaptations, or would like to see a different format, please let me know. One bug I am aware of: in the ebook reader Calibre, the popup footnotes will not work properly in the default “paged mode”; choose the “flow mode” and all should be well. (Incidentally, I have not had good results using Calibre to convert this file into other formats, as it dirties the code and breaks the footnotes.)

The licence of the text allows for a printed edition as long as it is for free distribution. The PDF we have produced is, however, optimized for the screen. If you would like to sponsor a printed edition, please contact me and I will help prepare a PDF to your specifications.

Bhikkhu Sujato. Sydney, March 2014.