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- Originally Published: July 16, 2012
According to Buddhist the Tipitaka and its commentary, the , were transmitted to in writing by Indian Buddhist monks during the 3rd century CE. The extant version of the Atthakatha is most likely a revision of this original commentary.,
During the 5th century CE, a man named Buddhaghosa composed a handbook of orthodox regulations for Theravada monks called the Visuddhi Magga, Four other commentaries (on the four Nikayas) by Buddhaghosa, when combined with this text, are often thought to comprise a full explanation of the Vinaya Pitaka, the Abhidhamma Pitaka, and part of the . These commentaries are anonymous, but Theravada tradition ascribes these also to Buddhaghosa. Another commentary, attributed to a man named , on seven sections of the Khuddaka is also extant. This text likely dates between 450 and 600 CE.’s original teachings. Other commentaries exist on the
Subcommentaries—that is, commentaries written on commentaries—form another part of thetextual tradition. Several subcommentaries exist, most notably those written on Buddhaghosa’s original commentaries, while others were written during the 12th century. Many subcommentaries put a great deal of weight on the explanation of the Pitaka.