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This is the only nikaya apart from the Theravada whose Tripitaka canon survives in its entirety. We also have much of its extensive corpus of post-canonical Abhidharmic sastras. ' The cause of the separation of the first Sarvastivadins from the Theravada (Sthaviravada) is said by unconfirmed and dubious tradition to have been a dispute over a point of Abhidharmic doctrine. C. between Maudgallputra- Ti~ya (Moggaliputta-Tissa) and Katyayanjputra and concerned the existential status of the past and the future.

Padmanabh S. Jaini 'The Sautrantika Theory of Blja', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 22 (1959), 236-249. ' Documents d'Abhidharma (4), ibid. 159-187. Etienne Lamotte (ed and tr), 'Le Traite de I'Acte de Vasubandhu', MCB 4 (1935),151-263. English translation: Leo M. Pruden, Karmasiddhi Prakaral)a: The Treatise on Action by Vasubandhu, (Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1988). Lilian Silburn. Instant etCause: Le discontinue dans la pensee philosophique de l'Inde (Paris: Librairie Philosophique, 1955.

Why so? Because [the followers of the inferior religion (Yasomitra: kutirthyiiQ)] do not recognize that that to which they apply the term 'self' is nothing more than a series of constituents [skandhasamtana]. What, then [, do they recognize]? They wrongly believe that their identity [atman] is a distinct reality [dravyantara] [over and above this series]. And from [this] clinging to a Self arise the Afflictions [klesa]. His commentator Yasomitra quotes a hymn to Sakyamuni by the poet Maqceta: The sequence of births does not come to an end so long as the mind retains any sense of personality ('I') [ahalJlkara].

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