Lance Cousins

The Bringing into Being of Form-Frequenting Concentration: A translation of Ācariya Buddhadatta’s Entrance to Abhidhamma, Chapter 14

Ācariya Buddhadatta is accounted one of the three great commentators of the Theriya tradition, along with Buddhaghosa and Dhammapāla. He probably lived around the same time as Buddhaghosa, during the fourth or fifth century A.D. Indeed, an account from many centuries later claims that Buddhadatta left Ceylon just as Buddhaghosa was arriving. Their boats are said to have met halfway between Ceylon and India. Certainly, the writings of both are based upon the same ancient commentaries from the Great Monastery (Mahāvihāra) in Anurādha-pura, the then capital of Ceylon.

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