Sixth Buddhist Council: 2 definitions


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Source: Tipitaka Studies Outside Myanmar

The sixth Buddhist council.—In the second half of the twentieth century, the Sixth Buddhist Council decided what scriptures are to be considered as part of the proper Theravada literature. A large number of texts were included and incorporated into the canonical Paji literature. The Sixth Buddhist Council led to the international approval of categorizing the Buddhist scriptures into three main layers:

  1. Firstly, Mula (the main text).
  2. Secondly, Atthakatha (the Commentaries).
  3. Thirdly, Tika (the Sub-Commentaries and Sub-Sub-Commentaries).

Although the Sixth Buddhist Council inserted the previously non-canonical Milindapahha into the Mula (Main Text) and Visuddhimagga into the Atthakatha (Commentaries), there are still many, many other texts which didn’t find their place in the three layers.

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

Theravada Buddhist council in 1954 (Sixth Buddhist Council)
The Sixth Council was called at Kaba Aye in Yangon, formerly Rangoon in 1954, eighty three years after the fifth one was held in Mandalay. It was sponsored by the Burmese Government led by the then Prime Minister, the Honourable U Nu. He authorized the construction of the Maha Passana Guha, the great cave, an artificial cave very like Indias Sattapanni Cave where the first Buddhist Council had been held. Upon its completion The Council met on the 17th of May, 1954.

As in the case of the preceding councils, its first objective was to affirm and preserve the genuine Dhamma and Vinaya. However it was unique insofar as the monks who took part in it came from eight countries. These two thousand five hundred learned Theravada monks came from Myanmar, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw was appointed the noble task of asking the required questions about the Dhamma of the Venerable Bhadanta Vicittasarabhivamsa who answered all of them learnedly and satisfactorily. By the time this council met all the participating countries had had the Pali Tripitaka rendered into their native scripts, with the exception of India.

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