What all are the important books, that are part of Buddhism, other than Dhammapada?


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This depends on which Buddhist school or tradition you are referring to.

For the Theravada school, the main scripture is the Pali Canon or the Tipitaka, in the Pali language. Tipitaka means the three baskets. The three are the Sutta Pitaka which is the basket on the teachings of the Buddha and his disciples, the Vinaya Pitaka which is the basket on the monastic rules, and the Abhidhamma Pitaka which is the basket of philosophical analysis.

Here's one view of it below. The Dhammapada is only one book of the 15 books of the Khuddaka Nikaya, which is part of the Sutta Pitaka.

You can find it online at AccessToInsight or SuttaCentral.

There are also the commentaries to the Tipitaka and other supplementary writings, such as the Visuddhimagga.

Also see Chronological or other sequence for beginners, Recommendation for Suttas and How to Study the Suttas?.

Other Buddhist scripture for Mahayana Buddhism are either in Sanskrit, Chinese or Tibetan. The Vajrayana school is part of Mahayana.

  • What is the main difference in Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism? I have understood that Mahayana is based on Shunyata and Madyamaka(middle path)
    – Manu Kumar
    Jun 29, 2019 at 7:29
  • @ManuKumar There is this answer but I think you can also ask another question here at Buddhism.SE.
    – ruben2020
    Jun 29, 2019 at 7:35

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