i hope this isn’t an inappropriate place to put this - i wanted to create a new topic under Feedback but when i clicked the “New” button the site said something confusing like, “there are no more topics available”…but that’s not my issue. that’s just an explanation of why i’m posting this here.
my issue is that i find the “Sutta Numbering” section confusing. it says, for example,
In the first two nipātas of AN the PTS numbering recognises three levels of grouping (for nipāta, vagga, sutta).
In such cases we follow the widely accepted practice of dispensing with
the second level. This involves applying a simple mechanical principle,
illustrated in the following examples:
AN 1.1.6 becomes AN 1.6
AN 1.8.1 becomes AN 1.71
AN 2.2.9 becomes AN 2.19
i’m bewildered. the AN 1.1.6 example is clear, but how does removing the 8 from 1.8.1 give 1.71? i’d expect it to give 1.1. likewise, plucking the 2 out of the center of 2.2.9 in a logical universe would yield 2.9 - not 2.19.
what does it all mean??