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During the 1st millennium ad in Sri Lanka, the ancient Theravada tradition
coexisted with various forms of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Buddhist
Tantrism. Beginning in the 10th century — as Buddhism was declining in India —
According to Theravada accounts, a third council was called by King Asoka at
Pataliputta (Patna) about 250 bc. Moggaliputta Tissa, president of the council, is
said to have completed his Abhidharma treatise, the Kathdvatthu ("Points of ...
So, too, the practice of exchange between monks and laypersons often structures
rituals such as the ddna (gift-giving) in the Theravada tradition, which are
performed independently of other rituals. Both of these forms of practice, however
, are ...
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