of the Theravada Buddhist
philosophy and meditation, the Visuddhimagga, meaning "Path
of Purification", was written in Sri
Lanka in the early 5th century AD by the great Indian
scholar monk Buddhaghosa. An elaboration of the seven purifications
taught by the Buddha in the Rathavinita Sutta of
the Pali Tipitaka and divided under
the headings of virtue, concentration and wisdom, the work
is a detailed description of the way to Nirvana.
It has long been and remains today the most authoritative
text in Theravada apart from the Tipitaka itself.
Bhikkhu, The Path of Purification. Kandy, 1991;
B.C. Law, Life and Works of Buddhaghosa, Calcutta,