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The Patisambhidamagga ("path of discrimination"; sometimes called just Patisambhida for short) is the twelfth book of the Sutta Pitaka's Khuddaka Nikaya. Tradition ascribes it to the Buddha's chief disciple Ven.Sariputta. It comprises 30 chapters on different topics, of which the first, on knowledge, makes up about a third of the book.
The Patisambhidamagga has been described as an "attempt to systematize the Abhidhamma" and thus as a possible precursor to the Visuddhimagga.
The Patisambhidamagga has three divisions (vagga) composed of ten "chapters" (kathā) each for a total of thirty chapters. The three divisions are:

  • Mahāvagga ("Great Division") - starts with an enumeration of 73 types of knowledge which are then elaborated upon in detail.
  • Yuganandhavagga ("Coupling Division") - poses a series of questions.
  • Paññāvagga ("Wisdom Division") - answers the prior division's questions.

Download/View English Translation[]

Patisambhidamagga PTS translation is available here, click to open then save the file:-
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Wikipitaka Links (in 2 parts due to 10 Mb limit) :
File:Patisambhidamagga-1982-nanamoli 1.pdf
File:Patisambhidamagga-1982-nanamoli 2.pdf

Original Pali Version[]


The following freely available .PDF files were taken from These are from Vipassana Research Institute. These contain the original words in Pali language.
The translation of original Pali words can never convey exact meaning, hence these are being provided for research & comparison. The website also contains files in many other languages.
It is also to be mentioned that in original Pali language Buddha is referred as Bhagava(God), Bhagvanta(God), Sattha/Satthu(Teacher).

Pali-Roman Character Version[]

Mula(Main) Version: File:Patisambhidamaggapali mula.pdf

Atthakatha (Explanations): File:Patisambhidamagga-atthakatha 1.pdf

Pali-Devnagri Character Version(Sanskrit/Hindi Script)[]

Mula(Main) Version: File:12.Patisambhidamaggapali-dev.pdf

Atthakatha (Explanations): File:Patisambhidamagga-atthakatha-dev.pdf