This is a series of talks given by the Canadian monk Ajahn Punnadhammo in which he speaks about Early Buddhist History. The talks, which are very well presented, have many maps and other graphics, which warrants their inclusion in this collection.
In the 5th of these videos Ajahn talks about one of the last books added to the Canon, the Points of Controversy, or Kathāvatthu, which is now the 5th book of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka. In a way this is tangenital to the other talks, but it does serve to show that many of the trends we observe in Buddhist history were already being debated during Asoka’s time, and we can see incipient ideas that led to the Mahāyāna and the Tantric teachings, and Ajahn emphasises these points in his discussion of the book.
If you are interested in Ajahn and his work, a short biography can be found here. He also has a youtube channel with many talks and presentations. He lives in the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Northern Ontario.
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