Let’s sort out the organization of the texts before making any changes. At the end I will propose the changes.
First of all let’s look at the subdivision page.
T 210 through T 213 are Dhammapadas, while T 1670B is of course the Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra.
Okay, first thing, many of these are, in fact, Vinaya or Abhidharma and should not be here at all. This is a legacy of the division between sutta and vinaya parallels, so we should ensure the data is properly accounted for in the new format.
I’ll describe the list here, placing each text in the category as assigned in the Taisho.
From T 152 through T 219 are Jatakas.
From T 499 through to T 802 are classified as “sutra collections”. I’m not sure exactly what this means, but I guess it is what it sounds like.
T 1245 and T 1362 are classifed as “tantra”, whatever that means here. It’s probably either a misclassified text, or a sutra quote in a tantra.
All the texts from Zh Mi Bu Vb Pc 38 down to T 1451 are Vinaya.
From T 1442.13 to T 1451.37 we have the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya. You can identify these by the character 本, which means “root”, i.e. mūla. See how it’s a tree with a root growing out the bottom? Hey, you do read Chinese after all! As we have discussed previously, this should be deferred for the time being.
##Sūtravyākaraṇa (Sutra Commentaries)
- T 1507 分別功德論 An unfinished Chinese commentary to the Ekottarika Agama: Palumbo: An Early Chinese Commentary on the Ekottarika-agama | Indologica
- T 1509 大智度論 Mahāprajnāpāramitāśāstra
- T 1521 十住毘婆沙論: Daśabhūmivibhāṣaśāstra
No need for us to have any of these. The latter two are Mahayana commentaries.
- T 1536: 阿毘達磨集異門足論 Abhidharmasaṅgītīparyāyapādaśāstra
- T 1537 阿毘達磨法蘊足論: Dharmaskandhaśāstra
- T 1545 阿毘達磨大毘婆沙論 Abhidharma Mahāvibhāṣā Śāstra
The last of these is a post-canonical treatise, so no.
In principle, we could include the other two. They both correspond fairly closely with Pali texts, and contain a sizable number of parallels. T 1536 is, in fact, mostly a sutta compilation.
- T 1548 舍利弗阿毘曇論 Śāriputrābhidharma-śāstra
In principle we could include it, but not a priority.
##What to do?
First step, move the Abhidharma and Vinaya texts to the appropriate sections.
Then, rather than the messy, ad hoc system we have currently, let’s present the texts on a subdivision page according to the above categorization. This subdivision page occupies the same hierarchical level as the Khuddaka Nikaya in Pali, and to some extent it contains similar material, so should be handled the same way.
However, while we should in general follow the Taisho, we should, as usual, prioritize the meaningful divisions in the EBTs themselves. This means we should treat Dhammapada separately, even though Taisho includes it in Jataka. So on the subdivision page we have:
- Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra