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The early Buddhist schools are those schools into which the Buddhist monastic saṅgha initially split, due originally to differences in vinaya and later also due to doctrinal differences and geographical separation of groups of monks. The original saṅgha split into the first early schools (generally believed to be the Sthavira nikāya and the Mahāsāṃghika) a significant number of years after the passing away of Gautama Buddha. According to scholar Collett Cox "most scholars would agree that even though the roots of the earliest recognized groups predate Aśoka, their actual separation did not occur until after his death."[1] Later, these first early schools split into further divisions such as the Sarvāstivādins and the Dharmaguptakas, and ended up numbering, traditionally, about 18 or 20 schools. In fact, there are several overlapping lists of 18 schools preserved in the Buddhist tradition, totaling about twice as many, though some may be alternative names. It is thought likely that the number is merely conventional. The textual material shared by the early schools is often termed the Early Buddhist Texts and these are an important source for understanding their doctrinal similarities and differences.

Contents

1 Developments in history

1.1 The first council 1.2 The second council 1.3 Period between the second and third councils 1.4 Third council under Aśoka 1.5 Developments during and after the third council 1.6 Mahāyāna members 1.7 The Chinese pilgrims

2 The eighteen schools

2.1 According to the Dipavamsa 2.2 According to Vasumitra 2.3 According to Vinitadeva 2.4 According to the Śāriputraparipṛcchā 2.5 Twenty schools according to Mahayana
Mahayana
scriptures in Chinese 2.6 Hypothetical combined list

3 Legacy 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 Sources 8 Further reading 9 External links

Developments in history[edit] The first council[edit] Main article: First Buddhist council According to the scriptures (Cullavagga XI.1 ff), three months after the passing of Gautama Buddha, the first council was held at Rajagaha by some of his disciples who had attained arahantship. At this point, Theravāda
Theravāda
tradition maintains that no conflict about what the Buddha taught occurred; the teachings were divided into various parts and each was assigned to an elder and his pupils to commit to memory. The accounts of the council in the scriptures of the schools differ as to what was actually recited there. Purāṇa is recorded as having said: "Your reverences, well chanted by the elders are the Dhamma and Vinaya, but in that way that I heard it in the Lord's presence, that I received it in his presence, in that same way will I bear it in mind." [Vinaya-pitaka: Cullavagga XI:1:11]. Some scholars deny that the first council actually took place.[2][3] The second council[edit] Main article: Second Buddhist council The Second Buddhist council took place approximately one hundred years after Gautama Buddha's parinirvāṇa. Virtually all scholars agree that the second council was a historical event.[4] Traditions regarding the Second Council are confusing and ambiguous, but it is agreed that the overall result was the first schism in the sangha, between the Sthavira nikāya and the Mahāsāṃghikas, although it is not agreed upon by all what the cause of this split was.[5] Period between the second and third councils[edit] The textual sources agree that the first split was between the Sthaviravāda and the Mahāsāṃghika. However, after this initial division, more were to follow. Some modern scholars argue that the first split occurred in the intervening period between the second and third councils, and was probably about monastic discipline. However, only two ancient sources (the Dīpavaṃsa and Bhavya's third list) place the first schism before Aśoka, and none attribute the schism to a dispute on Vinaya
Vinaya
practice. Third council under Aśoka[edit] Main article: Third Buddhist council Tradition largely holds that Buddhism
Buddhism
split into 18 schools, but different sources give different lists of them, and scholars conclude that the number is merely conventional. Theravādin sources state that, in the 3rd century BCE, a third council was convened under the patronage of Aśoka, but no mention of this council is found in other sources.[6] Some scholars argue that there are certain implausible features of the Theravādin account which imply that the third council was ahistorical. The remainder consider it a purely Theravāda-Vibhajjavāda council. It is generally accepted, however, that one or several disputes did occur during Aśoka's reign, involving both doctrinal and disciplinary (vinaya) matters, although these may have been too informal to be called a "council". The Sthavira school had, by the time of Aśoka, divided into three sub-schools, doctrinally speaking, but these did not become separate monastic orders until later. According to the Theravādin account, this council was convened primarily for the purpose of establishing an official orthodoxy. At the council, small groups raised questions about the specifics of the vinaya and the interpretation of doctrine. The chairman of the council, Moggaliputta Tissa, compiled a book, the Kathavatthu, which was meant to refute these arguments. The council sided with Moggaliputta and his version of Buddhism
Buddhism
as orthodox; it was then adopted by Emperor Aśoka as his empire's official religion. In Pali, this school of thought was termed Vibhajjavāda, literally "thesis of [those who make] a distinction". The distinction involved was as to the existence of phenomena (dhammas) in the past, future and present. The version of the scriptures that had been established at the third council, including the Vinaya, Sutta and the Abhidhamma Pitakas (collectively known as the "Tripiṭaka"), was taken to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
by Emperor Aśoka's son, the Venerable Mahinda. There it was eventually committed to writing in the Pali
Pali
language. The Pāli Canon
Pāli Canon
remains the most complete set of surviving Nikāya scriptures, although the greater part of the Sarvāstivādin canon also survives in Chinese translation, some parts exist in Tibetan translations, and some fragments exist in Sanskrit manuscripts, while parts of various canons (sometimes unidentified), exist in Chinese and fragments in other Indian dialects. Developments during and after the third council[edit] Whatever might be the truth behind the Theravādin account, it was around the time of Aśoka that further divisions began to occur within the Buddhist movement and a number of additional schools emerged, including the Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
and the Saṃmitīya. All of these early schools of Nikāya Buddhism
Buddhism
eventually came to be known collectively as "the eighteen schools" in later sources. Unfortunately, with the exception of the Theravāda, none of these early schools survived beyond the late medieval period by which time several were already long extinct, although a considerable amount of the canonical literature of some of these schools has survived, mainly in Chinese translation. Moreover, the origins of specifically Mahāyāna doctrines may be discerned in the teachings of some of these early schools, in particular in the Mahāsānghika
Mahāsānghika
and the Sarvāstivāda. During and after the third council, elements of the Sthavira group called themselves Vibhajjavādins. One part of this group was transmitted to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and to certain areas of southern India, such as Vanavasi in the south-west and the Kañci region in the south-east. This group later ceased to refer to themselves specifically as "Vibhajjavādins", but reverted to calling themselves "Theriyas", after the earlier Theras (Sthaviras). Still later, at some point prior to the Dipavamsa
Dipavamsa
(4th century), the Pali
Pali
name Theravāda
Theravāda
was adopted and has remained in use ever since for this group. The Pudgalavādins were also known as Vatsiputrīyas after their putative founder. Later this group became known as the Sammitīya school after one of its subdivisions. It died out around the 9th or 10th century CE. Nevertheless, during most of the early medieval period, the Sammitīya school was numerically the largest Buddhist group in India, with more followers than all the other schools combined. The Sarvāstivādin school was most prominent in the north-west of India and provided some of the doctrines that would later be adopted by the Mahāyāna. Another group linked to Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
was the Sautrāntika school, which only recognized the authority of the sutras and rejected the abhidharma transmitted and taught by the Vaibhāṣika wing of Sarvāstivāda. Based on textual considerations, it has been suggested that the Sautrāntikas were actually adherents of Mūlasarvāstivāda. The relation between Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
and the Mūlasarvāstivāda, however, is unclear. Etienne Lamotte divided the mainstream Buddhist schools into three main doctrinal types:[7]

The “personalists”, such as the Pudgalavādin Vātsīputrīyas and Saṃmittīyas The “realists”, namely the Theravāda
Theravāda
and Sarvāstivāda Ābhidharmikas The “nominalists”, for instance, the Mahāsāṃghika Prajñaptivādins, and possibly non- Abhidharma
Abhidharma
Sthaviravadins.

Between the 1st century BCE and the 1st century CE, the terms "Mahāyāna" and "Hīnayāna" were first used in writing, in, for example, the Lotus Sutra. Mahāyāna members[edit] Although the various early schools of Buddhism
Buddhism
are sometimes loosely classified as "Hīnayāna" in modern times, this is not necessarily accurate. According to Jan Nattier, Mahāyāna never referred to a separate sect of Buddhism
Buddhism
(Skt. nikāya), but rather to the set of ideals and doctrines for bodhisattvas.[8] Paul Williams has also noted that the Mahāyāna never had nor ever attempted to have a separate vinaya or ordination lineage from the early Buddhist schools, and therefore each bhikṣu or bhikṣuṇī adhering to the Mahāyāna formally belonged to an early school. Membership in these nikāyas, or monastic sects, continues today with the Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
nikāya in East Asia, and the Mūlasarvāstivāda nikāya in Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore, Mahāyāna was never a separate rival sect of the early schools.[9] Paul Harrison clarifies that while Mahāyāna monastics belonged to a nikāya, not all members of a nikāya were Mahāyānists.[10] From Chinese monks visiting India, we now know that both Mahāyāna and non-Mahāyāna monks in India often lived in the same monasteries side by side.[11] Additionally, Isabella Onians notes that Mahāyāna works rarely used the term Hīnayāna, typically using the term Śrāvakayāna instead.[12] The Chinese Buddhist monk and pilgrim Yijing wrote about relationship between the various "vehicles" and the early Buddhist schools in India. He wrote, "There exist in the West numerous subdivisions of the schools which have different origins, but there are only four principal schools of continuous tradition." These schools are namely the Mahāsāṃghika
Mahāsāṃghika
nikāya, Sthavira, Mūlasarvāstivāda and Saṃmitīya
Saṃmitīya
nikāyas.[13] Explaining their doctrinal affiliations, he then writes, "Which of the four schools should be grouped with the Mahāyāna or with the Hīnayāna is not determined." That is to say, there was no simple correspondence between a Buddhist monastic sect, and whether its members learn "Hīnayāna" or "Mahāyāna" teachings.[14] The Chinese pilgrims[edit] During the first millennium, monks from China such as Faxian, Xuanzang, and Yijing made pilgrimages to India and wrote accounts of their travels when they returned home. These Chinese travel records constitute extremely valuable sources of information concerning the state of Buddhism in India
Buddhism in India
during the early medieval period. By the time the Chinese pilgrims Xuanzang
Xuanzang
and Yijing visited India, there were five early Buddhist schools that they mentioned far more frequently than others. They commented that the Sarvāstivāda/Mūlasarvāstivāda, Mahāsāṃghika, and Saṃmitīya were the principal early Buddhist schools still extant in India, along with the Sthavira sect.[15] The Dharmaguptakas continued to be found in Gandhāra and Central Asia, along the Silk Road. The eighteen schools[edit] It is commonly said that there were eighteen schools of Buddhism
Buddhism
in this period. What this actually means is more subtle. First, although the word "school" is used, there was not yet an institutional split in the saṅgha. The Chinese traveler Xuanzang
Xuanzang
observed even when the Mahāyāna were beginning to emerge from this era that monks of different schools would live side by side in dormitories and attend the same lectures. Only the books that they read were different.[16] Secondly, no historical sources can agree what the names of these "eighteen schools" were. The origin of this saying is therefore unclear. What follows are the lists given by each of the different sources. According to the Dipavamsa[edit] This list was taken from the Sri Lankan chronicles, Dipavamsa
Dipavamsa
(3rd-4th century CE) and Mahavamsa
Mahavamsa
(5th century CE).

Sthaviravāda/Vibhajjavāda/Theravāda

Mahīśāsaka
Mahīśāsaka
- First schism

Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
- Third schism

Kāśyapīya - Fourth schism

Sankrantika - Fifth schism

Sautrāntika - Sixth schism

Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
- Third schism

Vatsīputrīya - First schism

Dharmottarīya - Second schism Bhadrayānīya - Second schism Sannāgarika - Second schism Saṃmitīya
Saṃmitīya
- Second schism

Mahāsāṃghika

Gokulika - First schism

Prajñaptivāda - Second schism Bahuśrutīya
Bahuśrutīya
- Second schism

Ekavyahārikas - First schism Caitika
Caitika
- Third schism, according to Dipavamsa, but in the Mahavamsa it is said to have arisen from the Pannati and Bahussutaka

In addition, the Dipavamsa
Dipavamsa
lists the following six schools without identifying the schools from which they arose:

Hemavatika (Sanskrit: Haimavata) Rajagiriya Siddhatthaka Pubbaseliya Aparaseliya (Sanskrit: Aparaśaila) Apararajagirika

According to Vasumitra[edit] This list was taken from Samayabhedo Paracana Cakra, the author of which was Vasumitra
Vasumitra
(died 124 BCE), a Sarvāstivādin monk.

Sthaviravāda

Haimavata - First schism; referred to by Sarvāstivādins as "the original Sthavira School", but this school was only influential in the north of India. Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
- First schism

Vatsīputrīya - Second schism

Dharmottarīya - Third schism Bhadrayānīya - Third schism Saṃmitīya
Saṃmitīya
- Third schism Sannāgarika - Third schism

Mahīśāsaka- Fourth schism

Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
- Fifth schism

Kāśyapīya - Sixth schism Sautrāntika - Seventh schism

Mahāsāṃghika

Ekavyahārikas - First schism Lokottaravāda
Lokottaravāda
- First schism Gokulika - First schism Bahuśrutīya
Bahuśrutīya
- Second schism Prajñaptivāda - Third schism Caitika
Caitika
- Fourth schism Apara Śaila - Fourth schism Uttara Śaila - Fourth schism

According to Vinitadeva[edit] Vinitadeva (c. 645-715) was a Mūlasarvāstivādin monk.

Sthaviravāda

Jetavaniya Abhayagirivasin Mahaviharavasin

Sammatiya

Kaurukullaka Avantaka Vatsīputrīya

Sarvastivadin

Mūlasarvāstivādin Kasyapiya Mahisasaka Dharmaguptaka Bahuśrutīya Tamrasatiya Vibhajyavadin

Mahāsāṃghika

Purvasaila Aparasaila Haimavata Lottaravadin Prajñaptivāda

According to the Śāriputraparipṛcchā[edit] The Śāriputraparipṛcchā is a Mahāsāṃghikan history.

Sthaviravāda

Sarvāstivāda

Mahisasaka Dharmaguptaka Suvarsa

Vatsīputrīya

Dharmottarika Bhadrayaniya Sammatiya Sannagarika

Kāśyapīya Sutravadin Samkrantika

Mahāsāṃghika

Vyavahara Lokottaravāda Gokulika Bahuśrutīya Prajñaptivāda Mahadeva Caitika Uttarashaila

Twenty schools according to Mahayana
Mahayana
scriptures in Chinese[edit]

Sthaviravāda (上座部) was split into 11 sects. These were: Sarvāstivādin (説一切有部), Haimavata (雪山部), Vatsīputrīya (犢子部), Dharmottara (法上部), Bhadrayānīya (賢冑部), Sammitīya (正量部), Channagirika (密林山部), Mahisasaka
Mahisasaka
(化地部), Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
(法蔵部), Kāśyapīya (飲光部), Sautrāntika (経量部).

Sthaviravāda, later Haimavata

Sarvāstivādin

Vatsīputrīya

Dharmottara Bhadrayānīya Sammitīya Channagirika

Mahisasaka

Dharmaguptaka

Kāśyapīya Sautrāntika

Mahāsāṃghika
Mahāsāṃghika
(大衆部) was split into 9 sects. There were: Ekavyahārika (一説部), Lokottaravādin (説出世部), Gokulika (鶏胤部), Bahuśrutīya
Bahuśrutīya
(多聞部), Prajñaptivāda (説仮部), Caitika
Caitika
(制多山部), Aparaśaila (西山住部), and Uttaraśaila (北山住部).

Mahāsāṃghika

Ekavyahārika Caitika Lokottaravādin Aparaśaila Gokulika Uttaraśaila Bahuśrutīya Prajñaptivāda

Hypothetical combined list[edit]

Sthaviravāda

Pudgalavāda ('Personalist') (c. 280 BCE)

Vatsīputrīya (during Aśoka) later name: Saṃmitīya Dharmottarīya Bhadrayānīya Sannāgarika

Vibhajjavāda (prior to 240 BCE; during Aśoka)

Theravāda
Theravāda
(c. 240 BCE) ( Kāśyapīya (after 232 BCE))[note 1] ( Mahīśāsaka
Mahīśāsaka
(after 232 BCE))[note 1]

( Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
(after 232 BCE))[note 1]

Sarvāstivāda
Sarvāstivāda
(c. 237 BCE)

( Kāśyapīya (after 232 BCE))[note 1] ( Mahīśāsaka
Mahīśāsaka
(after 232 BCE))[note 1]

( Dharmaguptaka
Dharmaguptaka
(after 232 BCE))[note 1]

Sautrāntika (between 50 BCE and c. 100 CE) Mūlasarvāstivāda (3rd and 4th centuries) Vaibhāṣika

Mahāsāṃghika

Ekavyahārikas (during Aśoka)

Lokottaravāda

Gokulika (during Aśoka)

Bahuśrutīya
Bahuśrutīya
(late third century BCE) Prajñaptivāda (late third century BCE)

Caitika
Caitika
(mid-first century BCE)

Apara Śaila Uttara Śaila

Noted Canadian Buddhist scholar A.K. Warder
A.K. Warder
(University of Toronto) identifies the following eighteen early Buddhist schools (in approximate chronological order): Sthaviravada, Mahasamgha, Vatsiputriya, Ekavyavaharika, Gokulika (a.k.a. Kukkutika, etc.), Sarvastivada, Lokottaravada, Dharmottariya, Bhadrayaniya, Sammitiya, Sannagarika, Bahusrutiya, Prajnaptivada, Mahisasaka, Haimavata (a.k.a. Kasyapiya), Dharmaguptaka, Caitika, and the Apara and Uttara (Purva) Saila. Warder says that these were the early Buddhist schools as of circa 50 BCE, about the same time that the Pali
Pali
Canon was first committed to writing and the presumptive origin date of the Theravada sect, though the term 'Theravada' was not used before the fourth century CE (see Ajahn Sucitto, "What Is Theravada" (2012); see also A.K. Warder, Indian Buddhism, 3rd rev. ed. (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2000), chapters 8 and 9). Legacy[edit]

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The Theravāda
Theravāda
School of Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand
Thailand
is descended from the Sthaviravādin and (more specifically) the Vibhajjavāda School. It underwent two more changes of name. In the Indian accounts it is sometimes called the "Tāmraparnīya" (translation: Sri Lankan lineage), but there is no indication that this referred to any change in doctrine or scripture, while it is very obvious that it refers to geographical location. At some point prior to the Dipavamsa
Dipavamsa
(4th century) the name was changed to "Theravāda", probably to reemphasize the relationship to the original "Sthaviravāda", which is the Sanskrit
Sanskrit
version of the Pāli term "Theravāda". The Theravāda
Theravāda
school is the only remaining school which is exclusively aligned with the philosophic outlook of the early schools. However, significant variation is found between the various Theravādin communities, usually concerning the strictness of practice of vinaya and the attitude one has towards abhidhamma. Both of these, however, are aspects of the Vibhajjavādin recension of the Tipiṭaka, and the variation between current Theravāda
Theravāda
groups is mainly a reflection of accent or emphasis, not content of the Tipiṭaka or the commentaries. The Tipiṭaka of the Theravāda
Theravāda
and the main body of its commentaries are believed to come from (or be heavily influenced by) the Sthaviravādins and especially the subsequent Vibhajjavādins.

Timeline: Development and propagation of Buddhist traditions (ca. 450 BCE – ca. 1300 CE)

  450 BCE 250 BCE 100 CE 500 CE 700 CE 800 CE 1200 CE

 

India

Early Sangha

 

 

 

Early Buddhist schools Mahāyāna Vajrayāna

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia

 

 

 

 

Theravāda

 

 

 

 

Tibetan Buddhism

 

Nyingma

 

Kadam

Kagyu

 

Dagpo

Sakya

  Jonang

 

East Asia

 

Early Buddhist schools and Mahāyāna (via the silk road to China, and ocean contact from India to Vietnam)

Tangmi

Nara (Rokushū)

Shingon

Chan

 

Thiền, Seon

  Zen

Tiantai
Tiantai
/ Jìngtǔ

 

Tendai

 

 

Nichiren

 

Jōdo-shū

 

Central Asia & Tarim Basin

 

Greco-Buddhism

 

 

Silk Road Buddhism

 

  450 BCE 250 BCE 100 CE 500 CE 700 CE 800 CE 1200 CE

  Legend:   = Theravada   = Mahayana   = Vajrayana   = Various / syncretic

The legacies of other early schools are preserved in various Mahāyāna traditions. All of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
use a Mūlasarvāstivāda vinaya and study the Sarvāstivādin abhidharma, supplemented with Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna texts. Chinese schools use the vinaya from the Dharmagupta
Dharmagupta
school, and have versions of those of other schools also. Fragments of the canon of texts from these schools also survive such as the Mahāvastu of the Mahāsānghika
Mahāsānghika
School. Discussion on the difference in their views includes Kathāvatthu and the Chinese or Tibetan translation of Samayabhedoparacanacakra (異部宗輪論), Abhidharmamahāvibhāsā-śāstra (大毘婆沙論), Abhidharmakośa-śāstra (俱舍論)Abhidharma-nyāyānusāra(順正理論), Abhidharma-kośa-samaya-pradīpikā (顯宗論) etc.[18] See also[edit]

Atthakavagga and Parayanavagga Buddhist Councils History of Buddhism Nikaya Buddhism Pyrrhonism Rhinoceros Sutra Schools of Buddhism Timeline of Buddhism

Notes[edit]

^ a b c d e f According to Buswell and Lopez, the Kāśyapīya and Mahīśāsaka
Mahīśāsaka
were offshoots of the Sarvastivadins, but are grouped under the Vibhajjavāda as "non-sarvastivada" groups.[17]

References[edit]

^ Disputed Dharmas: Early Buddhist Theories on Existence. by Collett Cox. The Institute for Buddhist Studies. Tokyo: 1995. ISBN 4-906267-36-X pg 23 ^ Hoiberg, Dale; Indu Ramchandani. "Early Buddhist schools" entry in Students' Britannica India, p. 264. Popular Prakashan, 2000. ISBN 0-85229-760-2. ^ Williams, Mahayana
Mahayana
Buddhism, Routledge, 1989, page 6 ^ "Buddhist council." Encyclopædia Britannica. Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2008. ^ Skilton, Andrew. A Concise History of Buddhism. 2004. p. 47 ^ Macmillan Encyclopedia of Buddhism ^ Shi huifeng: “Dependent Origination = Emptiness”—Nāgārjuna’s Innovation? ^ Nattier, Jan (2003), A few good men: the Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva
path according to the Inquiry of Ugra: p. 193-194 ^ Williams, Paul (2008) Mahayana
Mahayana
Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations: pp. 4-5 ^ Guang Xing. The Concept of the Buddha: Its Evolution from Early Buddhism
Buddhism
to the Trikaya Theory. 2004. p. 115 ^ Williams, Paul (2000) Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition: p. 97 ^ Isabelle Onians, "Tantric Buddhist Apologetics, or Antinomianism as a Norm," D.Phil. dissertation, Oxford, Trinity Term 2001 pg 72 ^ Walser, Joseph (2005) Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna
in Context: Mahayana
Mahayana
Buddhism
Buddhism
and Early Indian Culture: pp. 41 ^ Walser, Joseph (2005) Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna
in Context: Mahayana
Mahayana
Buddhism
Buddhism
and Early Indian Culture: pp. 41-42 ^ Encyclopedia of Buddhism. edited by Edward Irons. Facts on File: 2008. ISBN 978-0-8160-5459-6 pg 419 ^ Elizabeth Cook. Light of Liberation: A History of Buddhism
History of Buddhism
in India. Dharma
Dharma
Publishing, 1992. p. 299 ^ Buswell & Lopez 2013, p. 859. ^ 六、《論事》(Kathāvatthu)

Sources[edit]

Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2013), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University Press 

Further reading[edit]

Coogan, Michael D. (ed.) (2003). The Illustrated Guide to World Religions. Oxford University Press. ISBN 1-84483-125-6. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Dhammananda, K. Sri (1964). What the Buddhist Believe (PDF). Buddhist Mission Society of Malaysia. ISBN 983-40071-1-6.  Gethin, Rupert (1998). Foundations of Buddhism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-289223-1.  Gunaratana, Bhante Henepola (2002). Mindfulness in Plain English. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-321-4.  Lowenstein, Tom (1996). The vision of the Buddha. Duncan Baird Publishers. ISBN 1-903296-91-9.  Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh
(1974), The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Broadway Books  ISBN 0-7679-0369-2. Thurman, Robert A. F. (translator) (1976). Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: Mahayana
Mahayana
Scripture. Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0-271-00601-3.  Walpola Rahula
Walpola Rahula
(1974), What the Buddha Taught, Grove Press  ISBN 0-8021-3031-3. Yamamoto, Kosho (translation), revised and edited by Dr. Tony Page. The Mahayana
Mahayana
Mahaparinirvana Sutra. ( Nirvana
Nirvana
Publications 1999-2000). CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Yin Shun, Yeung H. Wing (translator) (1998), The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master, Wisdom Publications  ISBN 0-86171-133-5.

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Suddhodāna (father) Māyā (mother) Mahapajapati Gotamī (aunt, adoptive mother) Yasodhara (wife) Rāhula
Rāhula
(son) Ānanda (cousin) Devadatta
Devadatta
(cousin)

Places where the Buddha stayed Buddha in world religions

Key concepts

Avidyā (Ignorance) Bardo Bodhicitta Bodhisattva Buddha-nature Dhamma theory Dharma Enlightenment Five hindrances Indriya Karma Kleshas Mind Stream Parinirvana Pratītyasamutpāda Rebirth Saṃsāra Saṅkhāra Skandha Śūnyatā Taṇhā
Taṇhā
(Craving) Tathātā Ten Fetters Three marks of existence

Impermanence Dukkha Anatta

Two truths doctrine

Cosmology

Ten spiritual realms Six realms

Deva (Buddhism) Human realm Asura realm Hungry Ghost realm Animal realm Hell

Three planes of existence

Practices

Bhavana Bodhipakkhiyādhammā Brahmavihara

Mettā Karuṇā Mudita Upekkha

Buddhābhiseka Dāna Devotion Dhyāna Faith Five Strengths Iddhipada Meditation

Mantras Kammaṭṭhāna Recollection Smarana Anapanasati Samatha Vipassanā
Vipassanā
(Vipassana movement) Shikantaza Zazen Kōan Mandala Tonglen Tantra Tertön Terma

Merit Mindfulness

Satipatthana

Nekkhamma Pāramitā Paritta Puja

Offerings Prostration Chanting

Refuge Satya

Sacca

Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Sati Dhamma vicaya Pīti Passaddhi

Śīla

Five Precepts Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva
vow Prātimokṣa

Threefold Training

Śīla Samadhi Prajñā

Vīrya

Four Right Exertions

Nirvana

Bodhi Bodhisattva Buddhahood Pratyekabuddha Four stages of enlightenment

Sotāpanna Sakadagami Anāgāmi Arhat

Monasticism

Bhikkhu Bhikkhuni Śrāmaṇera Śrāmaṇerī Anagarika Ajahn Sayadaw Zen
Zen
master Rōshi Lama Rinpoche Geshe Tulku Householder Upāsaka and Upāsikā Śrāvaka

The ten principal disciples

Shaolin Monastery

Major figures

Gautama Buddha Kaundinya Assaji Sāriputta Mahamoggallāna Mulian Ānanda Mahākassapa Anuruddha Mahākaccana Nanda Subhuti Punna Upali Mahapajapati Gotamī Khema Uppalavanna Asita Channa Yasa Buddhaghoṣa Nagasena Angulimala Bodhidharma Nagarjuna Asanga Vasubandhu Atiśa Padmasambhava Nichiren Songtsen Gampo Emperor Wen of Sui Dalai Lama Panchen Lama Karmapa Shamarpa Naropa Xuanzang Zhiyi

Texts

Tripiṭaka Madhyamakālaṃkāra Mahayana
Mahayana
sutras Pāli Canon Chinese Buddhist canon Tibetan Buddhist canon

Branches

Theravada Mahayana

Chan Buddhism

Zen Seon Thiền

Pure Land Tiantai Nichiren Madhyamaka Yogachara

Navayana Vajrayana

Tibetan Shingon Dzogchen

Early Buddhist schools Pre-sectarian Buddhism Basic points unifying Theravāda
Theravāda
and Mahāyāna

Countries

Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Korea Laos Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Myanmar Nepal Pakistan Philippines Russia

Kalmykia Buryatia

Singapore Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand Tibet Vietnam Middle East

Iran

Western countries

Argentina Australia Brazil France United Kingdom United States Venezuela

History

Timeline Ashoka Buddhist councils History of Buddhism
History of Buddhism
in India

Decline of Buddhism
Buddhism
in India

Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution Greco-Buddhism Buddhism
Buddhism
and the Roman world Buddhism
Buddhism
in the West Silk Road transmission of Buddhism Persecution of Buddhists Banishment of Buddhist monks from Nepal Buddhist crisis Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism Buddhist modernism Vipassana movement 969 Movement Women in Buddhism

Philosophy

Abhidharma Atomism Buddhology Creator Economics Eight Consciousnesses Engaged Buddhism Eschatology Ethics Evolution Humanism Logic Reality Secular Buddhism Socialism The unanswered questions

Culture

Architecture

Temple Vihara Wat Stupa Pagoda Candi Dzong architecture Japanese Buddhist architecture Korean Buddhist temples Thai temple art and architecture Tibetan Buddhist architecture

Art

Greco-Buddhist

Bodhi
Bodhi
Tree Budai Buddharupa Calendar Cuisine Funeral Holidays

Vesak Uposatha Magha Puja Asalha Puja Vassa

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Kasaya Mahabodhi Temple Mantra

Om mani padme hum

Mudra Music Pilgrimage

Lumbini Maya Devi Temple Bodh Gaya Sarnath Kushinagar

Poetry Prayer beads Prayer wheel Symbolism

Dharmachakra Flag Bhavacakra Swastika Thangka

Temple of the Tooth Vegetarianism

Miscellaneous

Abhijñā Amitābha Avalokiteśvara

Guanyin

Brahmā Dhammapada Dharma
Dharma
talk Hinayana Kalpa Koliya Lineage Maitreya Māra Ṛddhi Sacred languages

Pali Sanskrit

Siddhi Sutra Vinaya

Comparison

Bahá'í Faith Christianity

Influences Comparison

East Asian religions Gnosticism Hinduism Jainism Judaism Psychology Science Theosophy Violence Western philosophy

Lists

Bodhisattvas Books Buddhas

named

Buddhists Suttas Temples

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