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PREFACE A number of the most ancient available records of the teaching of Gotama the Buddha are found in the books of the Pali Canon of the Southern School of Buddhism. It is generally accepted that the majority of the earliest Pa!i texts are as old, if not older, than the Sanskrit works from which many of the Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures of the Northern School were translated. In this study we go to the Pali sources, and it is from them that the Buddhist scriptural quotations which are given in our book are made.