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Tipiṭaka is the name given to the Buddhist sacred scriptures and is made up of two words; ti meaning ‘three’ and piṭaka meaning ‘basket.’ The word basket was given to these writings because they were orally transmitted for some centuries, the way a basket of earth at a construction site might be relayed from the head of one worker to another. The three parts of the Tipiṭaka are the Vinaya Piṭaka, the Sutta Piṭaka, and the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. The Tipiṭaka was composed in the Pāḷi language and takes up more than 40 volumes in an English translation. It is the largest sacred book of any of the great world religions. See Oral Transmission.
An Analysis of the Pali Canon,Russell Webb,1975.END=NAM MO SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA.( 3 TIMES ).