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The first book of the Khuddaka Nikāya of the Sūtra Piṭaka of the Pāli Canon. It is thought that this book was the last one to be added to the Khuddaka Nikāya collection and its rightful claim to be included as part of the canon was disputed both by the Dīgha-bhāṇakas and the Majjhima-bhāṇakas. It appears to be a later composition, possibly compiled as a handbook for novices. The Khuddakapāṭha consists of nine short texts, probably compiled in Sri Lanka.only one of which is not found elsewhere in the canon. The commentary to the Khuddakapāṭha, traditionally attributed to Buddhaghoṣa (5th century ce), is part of the Paramatthajotikā. According to the commentary, the book derives its name from the first four texts, which are shorter than the remaining five.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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