Tag Archives: Pali Canon

A Question the Buddha Refused to Answer

…From Culadasa ( John Yates ) …Most people at the time of the Buddha believed in reincarnation, or were at least concerned about it as a possibility, [but] the Buddha refused to answer questions about where we come from and … Continue reading

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Five and Five

Recently came across an article that has been floating around the blogosphere for over a year. The author, a former palliative care nurse, shares her observations of the most common five regrets she has heard from people at the end … Continue reading

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Rahula’s Liberation

Cula-Rahulovada Sutta: The Shorter Exposition to Rahula [Liberation is real, it is possible and it happens with intense and skillful looking. Please enjoy this classic story of the Buddha pointing his son to the empty center of experience ! ] … Continue reading

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Death, Revisited

The perceiving of impermanence, bhikkhus, developed and frequently practiced, removes all sensual passion, removes all passion for material existence, removes all passion for becoming, removes all ignorance, removes and abolishes all conceit of “I am.” Just as in the autumn … Continue reading

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Midnight Chat with Mara

[ In Buddhist mythology, Mara represents the mind of illusion, doubt, and death. He is often depicted as a demon. Except for once, all of Mara’s visits to the Buddha took place some time after the Buddha’s enlightenment. ] One … Continue reading

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The Value of Stream Entry

[ Excerpt from the Pali Canon. The Buddha points out the value of Stream Entry. Enjoy ! ] Then the Blessed One, picking up a little bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monks, “What … Continue reading

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The Ten Funniest Scenes from the Pali Canon

[ Guest post from Bhante Sujato, author of SUJATO’S BLOG. Enjoy ! ] The Ten Funniest Scenes from the Pali Canon humor, Suttas What? The Pali Canon is profound, difficult, revolutionary: but not funny, surely. And if it is, then why? … Continue reading

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Khemaka Sutta: About Khemaka

[ A gem from the Pali Canon. The monk Khemaka makes a distinction in quality of post-awakening experience. Enjoy ! ] Khemaka Sutta: About Khemaka (SN 22.89) translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu 8 June 2010 © 2001–2012 On … Continue reading

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How the Buddha talked about “Not-self”

[ Guest post from Steven Goodhart of the blog METTA REFUGE . Enjoy ! ] How the Buddha talked about “Not-self” 2011/10/01 by Steven Goodheart § 128. “Form, monks, is not-self. If form were the self, this form would not lend … Continue reading

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Bihaya’s Liberation

A wonderful story of awakening… A selection from the Udana , the collection of “Inspired Utterances” of the Buddha, tells the story of a religious hermit named Bahiya. Bahiya was concerned about his own spiritual development so he went to … Continue reading

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