Pali Canon

The collection of teachings believed to be among the earliest surviving written records of what the Buddha taught during his lifetime.

The Pali canon is also called the Tipitaka - literally “the three baskets” - because it contains three categories of teachings. The Sutta Pitaka, is a collection of sermons by the Buddha and his principle disciples. The Vinaya Pitaka is the rules and regulations of monastic life. The Abhidhamma Pitaka, or the “higher dhamma basket,” offers a philosophical analysis and detailed physical and psychological analysis and interpretation of Buddhist doctrine.