Subcommentaries, Theravada
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Subcommentaries, Theravada

The sub-commentaries (Pali: k?) are primarily commentaries on the commentaries (Pali: ahakath?) on the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism, written in Sri Lanka.[1] This literature continues the commentaries' development of the traditional interpretation of the scriptures. (Note that some commentaries are apparently also named with the term k?.[]) These sub-commentaries were begun during the reign of Par?kramab?hu I (1123-1186) under prominent Sri Lankan scholars such as S?riputta Thera, Mah?kassapa Thera of Dimbulagala Vih?ra and Moggall?na Thera.[2]

Burmese collection

The official Burmese collected edition contains the following texts:[3]

There are other tikas without this official recognition, some printed, some surviving in manuscript, some apparently lost. The name tika is also applied to commentaries on all non-canonical works, such as the Mah?va?sa. There are also some sub-commentaries in vernacular languages.

Extracts from some of these works have been translated, usually along with translations of commentaries.


  1. ^ Griffiths, Paul J. (1994). On Being Buddha: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood. SUNY Press. pp. 33-34. ISBN 9780791421277.
  2. ^ Perera, HR; Buddhism in Sri Lanka A Short History, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka, page
  3. ^ "Buddhist literatures in archives". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.

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