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Suggested Titles: Theravada Buddhism

Selected titles with commentary from Ron Gilmour, Ithaca College Library:

For Theravada Buddhism (the dominant school of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia) the basic scriptures are a large group of suttas usually referred to as the Pali Canon (more properly, the Sutta Pitaka).

We have the definitive English-language translations of the Sutta Pitaka:

The fifth part of the Sutta Pitaka is called the Khuddaka Nikāya. It’s a heterogeneous mix of canonical and para-canonical literature. Not all schools of Theravada agree as to what is properly included. Two major parts of the Khuddaka Nikāya are:

The most significant exegetical text on the Sutta Pitaka is the Visuddhimagga by Buddhaghosa (5th century CE).

The Therīgāthā is one of the oldest surviving literatures by women, composed more than two millennia ago and originally collected as part of the Pali canon of Buddhist scripture

Suggested Titles: Mahayana Buddhism

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