Criticism of Sixth Buddhist Council
Of the 2500 or so monks taking part, all but about 150 were Burmese. Similarly, the editorial committee comprised 29 monks: 25 Burmese and 1 from each of the other 4 Theravada countries (). As a result of this Burmese domination, the resulting edition tends to follow Burmese versions of the Canon. For example
- Netti, Petakopadesa and Milindapanha are included, a practice that does not seem to be mentioned outside Burma before the Council
- the Majjhima Nikaya includes the full Maha Satipatthana Sutta instead of the shorter Satipatthana Sutta
The other Theravada countries give little more than lip-service to the Council.
Although the Council's edition of the Canon was approved by representatives of the other 4 Theravada countries, Thailand continued to reprint its own edition, Ceylon prepared its own, and Cambodia continued to produce volumes of its own edition.
- Mendelson, Sangha and State in Burma, Cornell University Press, 1975, page 277