The fourteenth book of the Khuddaka Nikāya (DA.i.17).
The Dīgha-bhānakas excluded it
from the canon, but it was accepted by the Majjhima-bhānakas
It contains, in verse, the lives of the twenty five
Buddhas, of whom Gotama was the last. The name of the
Bodhisatta under each
Buddha is also given. The last chapter deals with the distribution of Gotama's
It is said (Bu.i.74) that the Buddhavamsa was preached, at
Sāriputta's request, at the
Kapilavatthu, after the Buddha had
performed the miracle of the Ratanacankama. The Commentary on the Buddhavamsa is
known as the Madhurattha-vilāsinī (q.v.).
The Gandhavamsa (p.61) speaks of a Buddhavamsa written by
an author named Kassapa. This is probably not the same work. Mention is also
made (Gv.60) of a Tīkā to the Buddhavamsa, Paramatthadīpāni by name.