Paramtthadipani Dhammapala’s commentary on the Therigatha
Edited by E Mueller 1838
The Therigatha (Therīgāthā), often translated as Verses of the Elder Nuns , is a Buddhist scripture, a collection of short poems of early women who were elder nuns (having experienced 10 Vassa or monsoon periods) from around 600 BCE. In the Pāli Canon of Theravada Buddhism, the Therigatha is classified as part of the Khuddaka Nikaya, the collection of short books in the Sutta Pitaka. It consists of 73 poems organized into 16 chapters.
In editing Dhammapclla’s commentary on the Therigatha I have made use of a paper manuscript in Sinhalese characters which was sent to me by Subhilti in the beginning of 1891, and which is a copy of the palm-leaf manuscript described by Pischel in the preface to his edition of the Therigatha, p.. 119 (C). This manuscript was copied and corrected very carefully by Subhuti and his pupils, and, in fact, a great many of the clerical errors which occur in Pischel’s extracts of the commentary, and therefore must belong to the original manuscript, have been avoided in this copy.
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