The Guide (Nettippakarana)

KACCANA THERA. Translated by Nanamoli

The book here translated—as it stands, it was perhaps composed more than two thousand years ago—sets forth a method intended for the guidance of those who already know intellectually the Buddha’s teaching and want to explain his utterances. It is not a commentary but a guide for commentators: it deals with scaffolding, not with architecture. Its name, Nettippakarana, means ‘guide-treatise’, but the translation has been called, more simply, the Guide.