MILINDAPANHA PDF

It is generally accepted by scholars [4] that the work is composite, with additions made over some time. In support of this, it is noted that the Chinese versions of the work are substantially shorter. The oldest manuscript of the Pali text was copied in CE. Based on references within the text itself, significant sections of the text are lost, making Milinda the only Pali text known to have been passed down as incomplete. The book is included in the inscriptions of the Canon approved by the Burmese Fifth Council and the printed edition of the Sixth Council text.

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It is generally accepted by scholars [4] that the work is composite, with additions made over some time. In support of this, it is noted that the Chinese versions of the work are substantially shorter.

The oldest manuscript of the Pali text was copied in CE. Based on references within the text itself, significant sections of the text are lost, making Milinda the only Pali text known to have been passed down as incomplete. The book is included in the inscriptions of the Canon approved by the Burmese Fifth Council and the printed edition of the Sixth Council text.

Thomas Rhys Davids says it is the greatest work of classical Indian prose saying:. Although Moriz Winternitz maintains that this is true only of the earlier parts.

He is described as constantly accompanied by a guard of Greek Yonaka soldiers, and two of his counselors are named Demetrius and Antiochus. It is described that he attained enlightenment afterwards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Key Figures. The extant second translation is "much shorter" than that of the current Pali-language Mil. Topics in Buddhism. Outline Glossary Index. Category Religion portal.

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Although not included as a canonical text in the traditions of all the Theravadin countries, this work is much revered throughout and is one of the most popular and authoritative works of Pali Buddhism. This Milinda has been identified with considerable confidence by scholars as the Greek king Menander of Bactria, in the dominion founded by Alexander the Great, which corresponds with much of present day Afghanistan. Menander's realm thus would have included Gandhara, where Buddhism was flourishing at that time. King Milinda poses questions about dilemmas raised by Buddhist philosophy that we might ask today.

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Milindapanha

The initial part of the text also in Chinese translation probably dates from the 1st century ce, although most of the work was written in Sri Lanka at a later date. Just as a chariot is simply the sum of its constituent parts, namely the wheels, yoke, axles, etc. Although individuals bear a name e. At the conclusion of the debate Milinda becomes a Buddhist lay disciple. All Rights Reserved.

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Possibly based on a Sanskrit or Prakrit original, it dates prior to the fourth century c. Some even surmise that the original text was written in Greek. Although clearly regarded as authoritative by the scholar Buddhaghosa, who quotes from it in his Visuddhimagga The Path of Purification and other commentaries Horner, vol. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

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