Is there anything for Buddhist texts equivalent to the typical way of citing Biblical verses? (e.g. John 1:1)

[Related question on Tripitaka Section Numbering.]

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As I keep looking myself, this seems to be less well-specified than one might hope. But a couple of useful things so far lead me to one option being something like:

DN 16 (PTS DN ii 72)

Trouble is, although that's probably quite a precise form, it's for the Pali. See below for the references that help explain it.

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    I have been having the same problem: buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/3770/…. Perhaps if you can find a PDF copy of the latter books this might help solving this. Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 12:33
  • Thanks Suminda. I've added a link to your question since it's almost certainly going to be useful to anyone interested in mine.
    – tkp
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 16:20

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