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TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST PART,
AS PUBLISHED BY
GEORGE TURNOUR, C.C.S., IN 1836.
With Notes and Emendations
BY L. C. WIJÉSINHA, MUDALIYÁR.
CONTENTS OF CHAPTERS.
Author's Introduction-The twenty-four Buddhas who preceded Gautama-Gautama Buddha's three visits to Lanká-Mahiyangana, Nágadípa, and Kalyáṇi.
Genealogy of Buddha from Mahásammata-The Ṣákya kings, Bimbisára and Siddhattha.
Buddha's parinirvána—First convocation for the settlement of the Buddhist Canon.
King Ajátasattu's sons--Susunága-Second convocation for the revision of the sacred canon.
Schisms in the Buddhist Church-Asóka's inauguration-Nigródha Sámanéra Conversion of Asóka to Buddhism-Moggaliputta Tissa théra -Third convocation.
Vijaya-His landing in Lanká.
Conquest of Lanká by Vijaya—His inauguration-Embassy to Southern Madhura soliciting a princess of Pandu-The arrival of the princess and deposition of Kuvéni.
Vijaya's death-Interregnum-Arrival of Vijaya's nephew Panduvasudéva from India-His installation in the sovereignty.
Panduvásudéva's death and election of his son Abhaya to succeed him— Birth of Pandukábhaya, grandson of Panduvásudéva.
Attempts to destroy Pandukábhaya His escapes and romantic adventures-His revolt, and war with his uncles-His coronation--Great improvements made by him in Anuradhapura.
Reign of Mutasiva, son of Panḍukábhaya-Installation of Dévánampiya Tissa, his son, in the sovereignty-Wonderful productions in Lanká at that period-His embassy to Asóka, who despatches a deputation to anoint him a second time as king of Lanká.
Account of Buddhist Missions to various countries-Mahinda's nomination as missionary to Lanka.
A brief account of Mahinda and his movements preparatory to his departure from India-His arrival in Lanká.
Dévánampiya Tissa's first interview with Mahinda at Ambatthala-His visits to the city.
Mahinda's preaching-His acceptance of the king's pleasure gardenMarvellous incidents in connection therewith-Mahinda's account of the visits of former Buddhas to Lanká Demarcation and consecration of the "símá ❞—Preaching and conversions-Buddhist edifices that were built at this period.
Building and dedication of the Cétiyagiri (Ségiri) vihára.
The acquisition of relics-Enshrinement of them in the Thúpáráma— building of the Cétiya and Vihára of that name.
Mission to India for bringing over a branch of the great bó treeIncidents.
Arrival of Sanghamittá with the bó branch-The planting of it—Building of nunneries.
A domestic incident in the life of Asóka-Enumeration of Buddhist edifices in the order they were built-The Mahápáli almonry-Death of Dévánampiya Tissa and succession of Uttiya, his brother-Death of Mahinda, of Sanghamittá, and of the other théras.
Reigns of Mahásíva; Súratissa; Séna and Guttika; Eļára.
Duttha Gámaní-His ancestry, birth, and childhood.
An account of the ten strong men of Duṭṭha Gámaní.
Duttha Gámaní's flight from his father's court-His assumption of sovereignty-War between him and Tissa, his brother-Their reconciliation through the intervention of the priesthood.