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Two Series of Kāḷudāyī’s Verses in the Pāli Commentaries: A Literal Translation

Issue: Vol 37 No. 1 (2020)

Journal: Buddhist Studies Review

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.18497


The Theragāthā of the Khuddakanikāya has only ten stanzas (vv. 527–536) uttered by the Elder Kāḷudāyī. However, the Madhuratthavilāsinī (Bv-a), the commentary to the Buddhavaṃsa preserves 64 stanzas ascribed to the Elder while the Visuddhajanavilāsinī (Ap-a), the commentary to the Apadāna quotes a different series consisting of 48 stanzas ascribed to him. It is probable that these two series contain ancient verses which could not be accommodated within the Pāli canon and then continued to be preserved in the commentaries as extra-canonical texts. Yet some of the verses in these two series appear to be later compositions. The present article offers a literal translation of the Bv-a and the Ap-a verses, which have so far received no scholarly attention.

Author: Aruna Keerthi Gamage

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