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Crossing Kings and Monks: the internal consistency of the Dipavamsa reconsidered

Gudrun Pinte (UGent)
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In the present article, a new perspective is presented on the chronology of the lineage of the first vinaya teachers as handed down in the Dipavamsa. A strictly mathematical examination of this account results in what could be considered as the original timetable. The analysis of the cross-references between events in the lives of the successive vinaya teachers and the kings who ruled in India in the same period, reveals that traces of this original chronology are preserved in Sanghabhadra’s Shanjian lü piposha (T.1462), but no longer in the extant Samantapasadika. The clarification of this newly revealed chronology will moreover result in a better understanding of the origin of the traditional dates of the second council and Asoka’s inauguration and its consequences.
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Dipavamsa, Asoka, vinaya, Samantapasadika

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Pinte, Gudrun. “Crossing Kings and Monks: The Internal Consistency of the Dipavamsa Reconsidered.” JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY 23.3 (2013): 471–486. Print.
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Pinte, Gudrun. (2013). Crossing Kings and Monks: the internal consistency of the Dipavamsa reconsidered. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY, 23(3), 471–486.
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Pinte, Gudrun. 2013. “Crossing Kings and Monks: The Internal Consistency of the Dipavamsa Reconsidered.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 23 (3): 471–486.
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Pinte, Gudrun. 2013. “Crossing Kings and Monks: The Internal Consistency of the Dipavamsa Reconsidered.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 23 (3): 471–486.
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Pinte G. Crossing Kings and Monks: the internal consistency of the Dipavamsa reconsidered. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY. 2013;23(3):471–86.
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G. Pinte, “Crossing Kings and Monks: the internal consistency of the Dipavamsa reconsidered,” JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 471–486, 2013.
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  author       = {{Pinte, Gudrun}},
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  journal      = {{JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY}},
  keywords     = {{Dipavamsa,Asoka,vinaya,Samantapasadika}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{471--486}},
  title        = {{Crossing Kings and Monks: the internal consistency of the Dipavamsa reconsidered}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1356186312000648}},
  volume       = {{23}},
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