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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 Kalyáni.
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 sonsof the sacred canon.
Susunága Second convocation for the revision
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 himBirth of Pandukábhaya, grandson of Panduvásudéva.
Attempts to destroy Panḍukábhaya-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 Lanká.
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 tree-Incidents.
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.
Duṭṭha Gámaní-His ancestry, birth, and childhood.
An account of the ten strong men of Duttha 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.