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The places the Vinaya says suttas may be linked with

Ahoy there good folk of Discourse Land! Jolly wishes for your health and happiness!

A quick Q: as I recall it somewhere in the Vinaya (probably the Khandhaka…?) it is mentioned that at the first council it was agreed that if the location of a sutta was uncertain it could be linked with a list of about five or six places. Might anyone be so able and so kind as to point me to said list?

Cheers!
:pray:

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Let’s tag some of the resident experts: Bhante @brahmali, Bhante @Dhammanando , Bhante @sujato .

:anjal:

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I do believe this is covered in this paper…

Schopen, G. (2004). If You Can’t Remember, How to Make It Up: Some Monastic Rules for Redacting Canonical Texts. In Buddhist Monks and Business Matters: Still More Papers on Monastic Buddhism in India (pp. 395-408). HONOLULU: University of Hawai’i Press.

Unfortunately, I have no copy. :roll_eyes:

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Yes, it’s from the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya. Schopen quotes as

The Blessed One said: “Upali, those who forget the name of the place, etc., must declare it was one or another of the six great cities, or somewhere where the Tathagata stayed many times.”
Ksudrakavastu (Tog Tha 56b.5 -57·a.5; Derge Da 39b.3 -40 a. l )

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Brill! Many thanks folks!

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