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originally published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland October 1875

"The Suttavibhaga is based on the Ptimokkha. This is very probably one of the oldest texts, containing the formulary for the ceremony of confession, as it was performed on Uposatha-days in the monastic orders. The SV is a commentary on this text." [Wilhelm Geiger, Pali Literature and Language, translated by Batakrishna Ghosh (1942), p. 15.] For a detailed discussion of the origin of the Ptimokkha and its relationship to the VinayaPiaka, see T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg, The Vinaya Texts, Part I, Sacred Books of the East, American Edition, Vol. IV (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899), pp. ix-xxxvii.

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland October 1875