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Is the Pali Canon the only canon in Buddhism as it currently stands today? So would the term canon be completely synonymous with Pali Canon in the context of Buddhism? If that is true then what is the status of texts such as
Bodhicaryāvatāra which aren't in the Pali canon?
Aug 2, 2014 at 11:46
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1. Is the Pali Canon the only canon in modern Buddhism?
No. Additionally, as far as I know, there are also many versions of the
Chinese Canon which contain the (parallels of the Āgamas from the Nikāyas of the Suttapiṭaka Pāli Canon), & Mahāyāna sūtras . Vajrayāna sūtras
There is also the Tibetan Canon which contains the (material which is similar to the Chinese Canon) and the Kangyur (Commentarial works, Tengyur Abhidharma and additional treatises). 2. So would the term canon be completely synonymous with Pali Canon in the context of Buddhism?
Bearing in mind what was said above, no.
3. What is the status of texts such as Bodhicaryāvatāra which aren't in the Pali canon?
That text is present in the Chinese Canon
& Tibetan Canon 1 . 2
Aug 2, 2014 at 17:37
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This is the main source for Theravada Buddhism, but other schools seem to have their own. Some historic version are not available anymore.
At least from a Theravada perspective, this is the closest to Buddha's original teaching.
Aug 3, 2014 at 11:40
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