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Articles about and direct translations from the Pali Canon, the earliest scriptures of Buddhism. It is originally known as the Tipitaka (Tripitaka in Sanskrit) and is made up of two words; ti meaning ‘three’ and pitaka meaning ‘basket.’ The Tipitaka was composed in the Pali language and takes up more than forty volumes in an English translation, roughly about 20,000 pages. It is the largest sacred book of any of the great world religions.

Today it is more commonly known as the Pali Canon since the language is in Pali and to better differentiate it from the Mahayana Tripitaka (only one letter difference).

If you are interested in learning Pali, see this page: Learn Pali. If you are new to the reading and study of the Pali Canon, start with: Tipitaka.

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