Tag: Pali canon

Buddhism’s Key Texts

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism’s Key Texts

Philosophies and religions the world over have key texts outlining their founders’ beliefs and aims. What are Buddhism’s key texts? Some mentioned here: Majjhima Nikāya trans. by Ñāṇamoli and Bodhi Dīgha Nikāya trans. by Walshe Aṅguttara Nikāya trans. by Bodhi Saṃyutta Nikāya trans. by Bodhi Dhammapada trans. by Fronsdal Sutta-Nipāta trans. by Saddhatissa Questions of […]

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What is “Dharma”?

| July 10, 2017 | 3 Comments
What is “Dharma”?

What does the word “dharma” mean in early Buddhism? We will look at several ways it’s used in the texts, and discuss its importance. For further information, see Rupert Gethin, “He Who Sees Dhamma Sees Dhammas: Dhamma in Early Buddhism”. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2004.  

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What Did the Buddha Teach About Views?

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
What Did the Buddha Teach About Views?

The Buddha’s early teachings on non-clinging to views and opinions are some of his deepest and most profound, as well as being a little tricky to understand. For those interested in a very detailed look at the Buddha on views, do check out Paul Fuller’s book “The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism”. Although it […]

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Thought and Practice

| June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Thought and Practice

How important is thought, reasoning, and cognition to our practice? Or is it just a kind of impediment? We’ll look at some material from early Buddhism for answers to this question.

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Is Buddhism Atheist?

| May 22, 2017 | 4 Comments
Is Buddhism Atheist?

Was the Buddha an atheist? Does one need to believe in God or gods to follow his system? This is a question with an interesting answer I think we can all learn from.

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On Mettā

| May 21, 2017 | 5 Comments
On Mettā

Where do the instructions for mettā practice come from? The suttas give relatively little instruction on what actually to do, beyond generating universal good will that we find in the Mettā Sutta (Sn. 143-152), and the practice of focusing on each direction, in an oft-cited pericope: [W]ith his heart filled with lovingkindness, he dwells suffusing […]

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Loving Kindness Meditation: History and Practice

| May 15, 2017 | 3 Comments
Loving Kindness Meditation: History and Practice

What is Loving Kindness (mettā) meditation and how did it develop? Many people today practice a form that probably originated centuries after the Buddha’s day.

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