Initially some of the writings of Ledi Sayadaw were considered to be controversial and they differed from the commentaries. What were the points that differed?

  • Can you provide a source for your statement of controversy? Feb 20, 2015 at 7:52
  • 1
    "The Great War of the Commentaries: Ledi Sayadaw’s Abhidhamma Controversy" by Erik Braun is one source. Feb 20, 2015 at 8:06

1 Answer 1


One of the controversies and many others were concerned with attribution of the work of Abhidhamma and that some books contained errors

"4. Paramatthadipani-Tika, "The Elucidation of the Ultimate Meaning," by Ledi Sayadaw. Ledi Sayadaw of Burma (1846-1923) was one of the greatest scholar-monks and meditation masters of the Theravada tradition in recent times. He was the author of over seventy manuals on different aspects of Theravada Buddhism, including philosophy, ethics, meditation practice, and Pali grammar. His tika created a sensation in the field of Abhidhamma studies because he pointed out 325 places in the esteemed Vibhavini-tika where he alleged that errors and misinterpretations had occurred, though his criticisms also set off a reaction in defense of the older work."

Excerpts of some of the controversies

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .