The Book of the Discipline
SuttaCentral exists to present the Buddhist texts, not people’s opinions about the texts, so our policy is to exclude introductions, footnotes, and the like. On SuttaCentral, therefore, we have only the translated text itself. However, in this case we felt that the scholarly apparatus was valuable enough to put the considerable effort into creating a proper digital edition of the entire text. This is what we offer in these downloads. These are, of course, covered by the same Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence. The text is presented in a number of formats, which are explained below.
Further details on the process of creating these texts and on relevant changes are included in the Preface to the SuttaCentral edition. All versions include such enhancements as clickable links for over 12,000 internal references, detailed tables of contents, and revised reference system.
|PDF (9.8mb)||This is the entire six volumes in one pdf file. The file was created in LaTeX, and is a high quality pdf suitable for all devices as well as for printing. Under the licence terms it is permissible to publish a print edition for free distribution. If you are interested to do this, please contact us and we can help tailor the pdf file to your needs.|
|EPUB (3.0mb) MOBI (5.6mb)||e-book version suitable for use with e-readers. Mobi (Kindle) and ePub are the most common e-book formats, the Calibre software can convert to other formats.|
|HTML (coming soon)||The six books divided into sane html page sizes based on the same semantic divisions used on SuttaCentral: rule, khandhaka, and so on. Use this if you want a local copy to read in your web browser.|
|ZIP (3.6mb)||Source archive, contains the tex source file suitable for compiling with LuaLatex, and the entire six volumes as one large html file. These are the base files from which the other formats were derived.|