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The Great Chapter
(Mahākhandhako, Mv 1-4)
An English translation of the first four sections of the Vinaya Mahāvagga, which relates the life of the Buddha from the time of Awakening to the founding of the first monastery (with an embedded reading of the text).
(Ver 1.2 May, 2014)
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BD: The Book of the Discipline, Vol I, I.B. Horner, London, 1938.
VT: Vinaya Texts, Part I, T.W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg, Oxford 1885, reprinted Delhi 1990
SGB: The Story of Gotama Buddha, N.A. Jayawickrama, PTS Oxford, 1990.
MT: The Mahavastu, J. J. Jones, London, 3 volumes 1949-1956.
LV: Lalitavistara, Bijoya Goswami, Kolkata, 2001.
PED: Pāḷi-English Dictionary, T.W. Rhys Davids and William Stede, 1921-25, online edition.
CPD: Critical Pāli Dictionary, 1947- (unfinished), online edition.
CPED: Concise Pāli-English Dictionary, Ven. A.P. Buddhadatta, Colombo, 1958 reprinted 1968.
BHSD: Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary, Franklin Edgerton, New Haven 1953, reprinted Delhi 1998.
SED: Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Monier-Williams, 1899, online edition.
DPPN: Dictionary of Pali Proper Names, G.P. Malalasekera, Pali Text Society, London 1937.
FF: Bhante S. Dhammika: Dictionary of the Flora and Fauna in the Pāḷi Tipiṭaka (pre-publication copy kindly given me by the Author).
Syntax: Syntax of the Cases in the Pali Nikayas, by O.H. de A. Wijesekera (Colombo 1993).
In preparing this text and translation for publication I have divided it into a number of versions. In the Buddhist Texts and Studies section will be found the Pāḷi Text together with the variant readings. This is a more technical work dealing with the establishment of the text, and considers the text from the point of view of its grammar, prosody, and how the material has been collected.
In the Texts and Translations section I present the full Text and Translation with annotations which help to explain matters that may not be clear from the text itself. I have therefore translated sections from the Commentary, and also added in information from parallels in the Jātakanidāna, the Lalitavistara and the Mahāvastu.
In the English section there is the Translation Only, with somewhat less notes than in the Text and Translations section, which is intended for the casual reader who wants a reliable translation but is not interested in the technical matters concerning the original text itself.
last updated: May, 2014