Tag: Pali canon

Buddha and Jesus on Wealth

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
Buddha and Jesus on Wealth

Both the Buddha and Jesus viewed wealth as problematic in various respects, but their approaches differed in important ways due to their historical backgrounds and outlooks. We’ll consider both the views of the historical Jesus as well as those of the Buddha in order to compare and contrast their approaches. Suttas mentioned: Utilization (AN 5.41) […]

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The Buddha and Free Will

| February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Buddha and Free Will

What might the Buddha have thought about free will? To answer that question we’ll look at the history of the concept in Western philosophy, and then consider how it applies to early Buddhism. We will find that the Buddha would have accepted a couple of related senses of the phrase. Suttas mentioned: The Characteristic of […]

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Was the Buddha a Philosopher?

| January 29, 2018 | 1 Comment
Was the Buddha a Philosopher?

The Buddha had some very interesting things to say, but was he a philosopher? Justin Whitaker and I recently wrote a paper on this topic, which I’ll discuss here. Justin’s great blog, American Buddhist Perspectives Ted’s podcast with Justin and me: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher Check out my new Patreon page!

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The Buddha’s Surprising Advice to Converts

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Buddha’s Surprising Advice to Converts

When folks converted from competing religions or philosophies to the Buddha’s dhamma, he had a couple of pieces of advice that might surprise some of us. We will look at that advice and some lessons we can take away from them for today’s world. Suttas mentioned: Upāli Sutta (MN 56.16-17) Sīha Sutta (AN 8.12) (Dāna) […]

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Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

This is to be done by one skilled in aims Who wants to break through To the state of peace: . . . As a mother would risk her life To protect her child, her only child, Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart With regard to all beings. Khuddakapatha 9, trns Thanissaro Bhikkhu […]

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One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

| December 7, 2017 | 7 Comments
One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

If we misuse the dharma it can come back to bite us: this is the upshot of one famous sutta. We will look at this sutta and consider some of its implications for our approach to the Buddha’s teachings both online and in person. Suttas discussed in this video: Alagaddūpama Sutta Kālāma Sutta (Kesaputtiya)

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What Did the Buddha Say About Prayer?

| December 4, 2017 | 4 Comments
What Did the Buddha Say About Prayer?

Many contemporary Buddhists make prayer part of their practice. We will look at the early texts to see what the Buddha seems to have thought about such activities. Ken McLeod’s article on Buddhist prayer in Tricycle magazine (may be paywalled): “Where the Thinking Stops“. Suttas mentioned: Aṅguttara Nikāya 5.43 Saṃyutta Nikāya 42.6

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