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Pali Versions: Pali-English and Pali-Devanagri versions are provided within each chapter below.


(Points of Controversy/Debates)

Kathavatthu is the fifth book of Abhidhamma containing debates on the teachings. The Kathavatthu documents over 200 points of contention. The debated points are divided into four paṇṇāsaka (lit., "group of 50"). Each paṇṇāsaka is again divided, into 20 chapters (vagga) in all. In addition, three more vagga follow the four paṇṇāsaka.[2] Each chapter contains questions and answers by means of which the most diverse views are presented, refuted and rejected. The form of the debates gives no identification of the participants, and does not step outside the debate to state explicitly which side is right.

Kathavatthu scanned Book[]


Kathavatthu Chapter1
Kathavatthu Chapter2
Kathavatthu Chapter3
Kathavatthu Chapter4
Kathavatthu Chapter5
Kathavatthu Chapter6
Kathavatthu Chapter7
Kathavatthu Chapter8
Kathavatthu Chapter9
Kathavatthu Chapter10
Kathavatthu Chapter11
Kathavatthu Chapter12
Kathavatthu Chapter13
Kathavatthu Chapter14
Kathavatthu Chapter15
Kathavatthu Chapter16
Kathavatthu Chapter17
Kathavatthu Chapter18
Kathavatthu Chapter19
Kathavatthu Chapter20
Kathavatthu Chapter21
Kathavatthu Chapter22
Kathavatthu Chapter23

Grouping As Per Subject of Discourse
Grouping As Per Dissenting Schools

Kathavatthu Text[]

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Link to Kathavatthu Text

Download/View English Translation[]

Kathavatthu PTS version is available in 2 files of .pdf type here, click to open then save the files :

File:Kathavatthu a.pdf

File:Kathavatthu b.pdf

Original Pali Version[]


Click the link below to access the original Kathavatthu files in Pali language, the language spoken by Buddha.

Kathavatthu, Pali