In the Buddha s Words

"This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings in his own words.

Author: Bodhi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861714911

Category: Philosophy

Page: 485

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The works of the Buddha can feel vast, and it is sometimes difficult for even longtime students to know where to look, especially since the Buddha never explicitly defined the framework behind his teachings. Designed to provide just such a framework, In the Buddha's Words is an anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by a celebrated scholar and translator. For easy reference, the book is arrayed in ten thematic sections ranging from "The Human Condition" to "Mastering the Mind" to "The Planes of Realization." Each section comes with introductions, notes, and essays to help beginners and experts alike draw greater meaning from the Buddha's words. The book also features a general introduction by the author that fully lays out how and why he has arranged the Buddha's teachings in this volume. This thoughtful compilation is a valuable resource for both teachers and those who want to read the Buddha on their own.


This book would probably be the guide to liberation from sufferings by developing Anapanasati based on teachings from the Buddha's own words and not from those of his disciples It has been quite an effort in compiling the suttas in order to ...

Author: N. Yamwong


ISBN: 9781523763771


Page: 78

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Anapanasati by the Tathagata should have been one among the top rankings. Words of the Buddha in regard to mindfulness of breathing, The Tathagata in his teaching addressed that Anapanasati shall fulfil the four establishments of mindfulness, which then fulfil the seven enlightenment factors, leading to true knowledge and liberation. These could have been achieved in one single in-breathing-and-out-breathing, providing one practices in accordance with the teaching of the Tathagata, the enlightened one For all being who possesses the ability to attain true knowledge, this would be one book worth studying because the book contains details of the suttas of the Buddha's own words in all aspects with regard to Anapanasati. This book would probably be the guide to liberation from sufferings by developing Anapanasati based on teachings from the Buddha's own words and not from those of his disciples It has been quite an effort in compiling the suttas in order to publish this book on Anapanasati. However, it has been apparent in his teachings that the Tathagata established Anapanasati as a "pleasant dwelling" and said of the many fruits and benefits of Anapanasati.

Spreading Buddha s Word in East Asia

In early history, “Buddha's word” (Buddhavacana) was authenticated during
various councils, and the result was the formation of the so-called Tripitaka—the
three baskets (sanzang ೘ҟ) comprising Vinaya (pini ிୄ, or lüੰ, disciplines),
Sutra ...

Author: Jiang Wu

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231540191

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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A monumental work in the history of religion, the history of the book, the study of politics, and bibliographical research, this volume follows the making of the Chinese Buddhist canon from the fourth century to the digital era. Approaching the subject from a historical perspective, it ties the religious, social, and textual practices of canon formation to the development of East Asian Buddhist culture and enlivens Chinese Buddhist texts for readers interested in the evolution of Chinese writing and the Confucian and Daoist traditions. The collection undertakes extensive readings of major scriptural catalogs from the early manuscript era as well as major printed editions, including the Kaibao Canon, Qisha Canon, Goryeo Canon, and Taisho Canon. Contributors add fascinating depth to such understudied issues as the historical process of compilation, textual manipulation, physical production and management, sponsorship, the dissemination of various editions, cultic activities surrounding the canon, and the canon's reception in different East Asian societies. The Chinese Buddhist canon is one of the most enduring textual traditions in East Asian religion and culture, and through this exhaustive, multifaceted effort, an essential body of work becomes part of a new, versatile narrative of East Asian Buddhism that has far-reaching implications for world history.

The Word of the Buddha An Outline of the Buddha s Teaching in the Words of the Pali Canon

Thus he unites those that are divided, and those that are united he encourages;
concord gladdens him, he delights and rejoices in concord; and it is concord that
he spreads by his words. He avoids harsh language and abstains from it.


Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9552402174



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The Buddha s Way of Virtue

Buddha's words express with great skill the two ways in which he and the
recluses looked upon his disciple's sturdy confidence. It is of course quite
impossible in an analytic language like English to reproduce the puns. 100. Cf. St
. Paul : " I ...

Author: W. D. C. Wagiswara




Page: 112

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Great Disciples of the Buddha

As to those teachings that are good in the beginning, good in the middle, and
good at the end, and transmit word by word and ... his energy and unflagging
dedication to the tasks of studying, memorizing, and reciting the Buddha's words
and of ...

Author: Nyanaponika

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 086171864X

Category: Religion

Page: 412

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A perennial favorite, Great Disciples of the Buddha is now relaunched in our best-selling Teachings of the Buddha series. Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. Drawn from a wide range of authentic Pali sources, the material in these stories has never before been assembled in a single volume. Through these engaging tales, we meet all manner of human beings - rich, poor, male, female, young, old - whose unique stories are told with an eye to the details of ordinary human concerns. When read with careful attention, these stories can sharpen our understanding of the Buddhist path by allowing us to contemplate the living portraits of the people who fulfilled the early Buddhist ideals of human perfection. The characters detailed include: Sariputta Nanda Mahamoggallana Mahakassapa Ananda Isidasi Anuruddha Mahakaccana Angulimala Visakha and many more. Conveniently annotated with the same system of sutta references used in each of the other series volumes, Great Disciples of the Buddha allows the reader to easily place each student in the larger picture of Buddha's life. It is a volume that no serious student of Buddhism should miss.

Paving the Great Way

The word dharma is therefore used not only as a term for the highest truth of the
Buddha's teachings, but also as a term ... but the real entities that exist in the
world, which are sometimes expressed in the Buddha's words, and sometimes
only ...

Author: Jonathan C. Gold

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538006

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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The Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth–fifth century C.E.) is known for his critical contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma thought, his turn to the Mahayana tradition, and his concise, influential Yogacara–Vijñanavada texts. Paving the Great Way reveals another dimension of his legacy: his integration of several seemingly incompatible intellectual and scriptural traditions, with far-ranging consequences for the development of Buddhist epistemology and the theorization of tantra. Most scholars read Vasubandhu's texts in isolation and separate his intellectual development into distinct phases. Featuring close studies of Vasubandhu's Abhidharmakosabhasya, Vyakhyayukti, Vimsatika, and Trisvabhavanirdesa, among other works, this book identifies recurrent treatments of causality and scriptural interpretation that unify distinct strands of thought under a single, coherent Buddhist philosophy. In Vasubandhu's hands, the Buddha's rejection of the self as a false construction provides a framework through which to clarify problematic philosophical issues, such as the nature of moral agency and subjectivity under a broadly causal worldview. Recognizing this continuity of purpose across Vasubandhu's diverse corpus recasts the interests of the philosopher and his truly innovative vision, which influenced Buddhist thought for a millennium and continues to resonate with today's philosophical issues. An appendix includes extensive English-language translations of the major texts discussed.

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha

In defense of this “eclectic” approach I appeal to Professor E. Hardy's words in his
preface to part V of his PTS edition of the Aṅguttara Nikāya: “It may be open to
dispute, whether our Sinhalese Mss. [manuscripts] of the Aṅguttara are the more


Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 161429044X

Category: Religion

Page: 1944

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Like the River Ganges flowing down from the Himalayas, the entire Buddhist tradition flows down to us from the teachings and deeds of the historical Buddha, who lived and taught in India during the fifth century B.C.E. To ensure that his legacy would survive the ravages of time, his direct disciples compiled records of the Buddha's teachings soon after his passing. In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, which prevails in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, these records are regarded as the definitive "word of the Buddha." Preserved in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to the language that the Buddha spoke, this full compilation of texts is known as the Pali Canon. At the heart of the Buddha's teaching were the suttas (Sanskrit sutras), his discourses and dialogues. If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us. The suttas were compiled into collections called "Nikayas," of which there are four, each organized according to a different principle. The Digha Nikaya consists of longer discourses; the Majjhima Nikaya of middle-length discourses; the Samyutta Nikaya of thematically connected discourses; and the Anguttara Nikaya of numerically patterned discourses. The present volume, which continues Wisdom's famous Teachings of the Buddha series, contains a full translation of the Anguttara Nikaya. The Anguttara arranges the Buddha's discourses in accordance with a numerical scheme intended to promote retention and easy comprehension. In an age when writing was still in its infancy, this proved to be the most effective way to ensure that the disciples could grasp and replicate the structure of a teaching.

Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhist teachings and writings can assist you, but you won't find Truth in them,
as if Truth somehow resided in the Buddha's words. No words—Buddha's, mine,
or anyone else's—can see for you. You must do that for yourself, as Buddha did ...

Author: Steve Hagen

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462901905

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present. Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

The Buddha s Dream of Liberation

Generations of students had been following the precepts and practicing the noble
eightfold path, and many had directly tasted the truth of the Buddha's words or at
least knew others who had, so the original danger that his teachings would ...

Author: James William Coleman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614293759

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Explore the three great teachings of the Buddha with this plain-English primer • The First Turning of the Wheel: Insight into the nature of suffering—and the way out of it—from the four noble truths and the eightfold path • The Second Turning of the Wheel: Teachings on emptiness from the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra • The Third Turning of the Wheel: Guidance for practitioners and teachings on awakened Buddha nature In clear language, James William Coleman, professor of sociology at the California Polytechnic State University, guides us through the ancient sutras that preserve the Buddha’s message, illuminating their meaning for today’s world and tying the Buddha’s wisdom together for us. The book concludes with chapters from two great teachers, Reb Anderson from the Zen tradition and Lama Palden from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, on how to use meditation to bring the Buddha’s wisdom into our daily lives. Table of Contents: Introduction: The Wheel of Dharma Part I: The Three Turnings of the Wheel 1. The First Turning of the Wheel: The Four Noble Truths and the Pali Canon 2. The Second Turning of the Wheel: Emptiness and the Perfection of Wisdom 3. The Third Turning of the Wheel: Untying the Knot of the Sutra of the Explanation of the Profound Secrets Part II: Turning the Wheel in the Twenty-First Century 4. Practicing the Dream 5. Tasting the Truth of the Buddha’s Words: A Zen Perspective by Reb Anderson Roshi 6. Envisioning Tara: A Vajrayana Perspective by Lama Palden Drolma 7. The Buddha’s Dream


Herein lies the inspiration for the Buddhist community's collective memory of the
Buddha's words , the Dharma , to become a timeless expression of the Buddha
himself . In collecting these words of truth after the Buddha's death , in essence
his ...

Author: Kevin Trainor

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195173987

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In this strikingly illustrated and authoritative volume, readers have an introduction to one of the world's greatest living faiths. 200 color photos, maps & drawings.

Coffee Philosophy for Everyone

passage The was Connected taken from Discourses the Sam· of yutta the
Buddha: A Translation 2000), p. 355. It is reprinted of the Sam· in yutta Bikkhu
Nika ̄ Bodhi, ya (Boston: In Wisdom Publications, the Buddha's Words: An
Anthology of ...


Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444393375

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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Offering philosophical insights into the popular morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick starts the day with an entertaining but critical discussion of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and culture of coffee. Matt Lounsbury of pioneering business Stumptown Coffee discusses just how good coffee can be Caffeine-related chapters cover the ethics of the coffee trade, the metaphysics of coffee and the centrality of the coffee house to the public sphere Includes a foreword by Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies Coffee Company

The Lotus Sutra

By means of this excellent, wonderful teaching of repentance, each of us has
become one of the buddhas in the ten directions. ... “After the extinction of the
Buddha, if his disciples faithfully follow the Buddha's words and practice
repentance, ...


Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861719875

Category: Religion

Page: 504

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The Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It's a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha. Gene Reeves's new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full "threefold" text of this classic.

Big Book of Buddhism

Even the fact that the Buddha's teachings span some fifty years or more lends to
this situation. However, as many notable scholars have done over the thousands
of years since the Buddha's spoken words, men who dedicated their entire lives ...

Author: Sylvain Chamberlain-Nyudo


ISBN: 055752315X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Second Edition - completely revised. 8.5 x 11 - 272 pages - A Comprehensive compendium of scholarly texts on the Buddha's true teachings, free of regional and cultural embelishments. Fundamentals, Practice, Conventions (i.e. set up a proper altar, proper posture, etc...)

Mahamudra and Related Instructions

... without [receiving] the profound teachings, one cannot attain buddhahood
through the profound channels and winds. ... Buddha's words or in the
commentaries is a special Dharma, but this [tradition] states that an experience
contradictory to ...


Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861719298

Category: Religion

Page: 800

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The Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism began in the eleventh century with such renowned figures as Marpa and Milarepa, and its seminal meditative traditions are Mahamudra and the six Dharmas of Naropa. Mahamudra teachings focus on the cultivation of profound insight into the nature of the mind. The Mahamudra texts in this volume include a lucid work by the celebrated master Tsele Natsok Rangdrol and works by the twelfth-century master Shang Rinpoche, the great Third Karmapa, the Eighth Tai Situ, and Drukpa Pema Karpo. The volume also contains an inspirational work by Gampopa, the Drigung Kagyu root text, The Single Viewpoint, the Sixth Shamarpa's guide to the six Dharmas of Naropa, and finally an overview of tantric practice by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, author of the famous Moonlight of Mahamudra. The texts in this volume were selected by the preeminent scholar of the Kagyu school, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

An Analysis of the Pali Canon and a Reference Table of Pali Literature

G.F. Allen, Buddha's Words of Wisdom. London 1959, Dehiwela 2002. Sayings
for each day of the year compiled from SP, mainly Sn. Herbert Baynes (tr.), The
Way of the Buddha. London 1906, New York 1913. Including Dhp XX—The Way.

Author: Russell Webb

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9552403766

Category: Religion

Page: 350

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An Analysis of the Pali Canon is a comprehensive overview of the contents of the works that make up the Tipitaka, the Canon of the Theravada school of Buddhism. It also contains an index of the suttas and sections of the Tipitaka, as well as an extensive bibliography of the translations of canonical works and secondary literature. The second part of this book, A Reference Table of Pali Literature, is an extensive list of all the works composed in the Indic language known as Pali. It lists all the works of the Tipitaka, the commentaries and subcommentaries, historical chronicles, works on medicine, cosmology, grammar, law, astrology, Bible translations, etc. It also gives data on the authors, time of composition, country of origin and includes references to secondary literature that provide more information on the works listed. This book is an essential resource for students and researchers of the Tipitaka and other Pali literature.

Old Path White Clouds

When he saw the Buddha pass by, he stood directly in his way and said with
some contempt, “We are farmers. We plow, sow seeds, fertilize, ... Bharadvaja
found himself unexpectedly moved by the Buddha's words. He asked an
attendant to ...

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh


ISBN: 1458714357

Category: Religion


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Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Old Path White Clouds is destined to become a classic of religious literature. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He is the founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, and has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is the author of Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, and 75 other books. ''I have not avoided including the various difficulties the Buddha encountered, both from his own disciples and in relation to the wider society. If the Buddha appears in this hook as a man close to us, it is partly due to recounting such difficulties.'' --from the author's afterword

Zongmi on Chan

Together with all the buddhas of the ten directions and three times, I eternally
abide in the dharma sphere, which is ... Critique: The above three sheets [of the
previous section] consist entirely of the Buddha's own words as recorded in the ...

Author: Jeffrey Lyle Broughton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231513089

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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Japanese Zen often implies that textual learning (gakumon) in Buddhism and personal experience (taiken) in Zen are separate, but the career and writings of the Chinese Tang dynasty Chan master Guifeng Zongmi (780-841) undermine this division. For the first time in English, Jeffrey Broughton presents an annotated translation of Zongmi's magnum opus, the Chan Prolegomenon, along with translations of his Chan Letter and Chan Notes. The Chan Prolegomenon persuasively argues that Chan "axiom realizations" are identical to the teachings embedded in canonical word and that one who transmits Chan must use the sutras and treatises as a standard. Japanese Rinzai Zen has, since the Edo period, marginalized the sutra-based Chan of the Chan Prolegomenon and its successor text, the Mind Mirror (Zongjinglu) of Yongming Yanshou (904-976). This book contains the first in-depth treatment in English of the neglected Mind Mirror, positioning it as a restatement of Zongmi's work for a Song dynasty audience. The ideas and models of the Chan Prolegomenon, often disseminated in East Asia through the conduit of the Mind Mirror, were highly influential in the Chan traditions of Song and Ming China, Korea from the late Koryo onward, and Kamakura-Muromachi Japan. In addition, Tangut-language translations of Zongmi's Chan Prolegomenon and Chan Letter constitute the very basis of the Chan tradition of the state of Xixia. As Broughton shows, the sutra-based Chan of Zongmi and Yanshou was much more normative in the East Asian world than previously believed, and readers who seek a deeper, more complete understanding of the Chan tradition will experience a surprising reorientation in this book.

The Quest

“The Buddha's Teachings.” In The Buddha and His Teachings, edited by Samuel
Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn, 61–65. Boston: Shambhala: 1993. ———,
ed. In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon.

Author: Lyman C.D. Kulathungam

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621897826

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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The human spirit seems incapable of being stagnant, ever pushing the boundaries of knowledge and experience. We try to understand life through questions regarding our own existence, the nature of the universe, and the nature of God. The question of our collective heart is the external manifestation of an internal longing--a quest, if you will. This thirst to understand reality can be seen in superstructures that are scientific, social, political, and especially religious. When considering the doctrines, institutions, and rituals of religions, we observe certain core aspirations expressed by the people of these communities. These aspirations generate from an underlying quest which seeks a way out of our perceived predicament: a salvific quest. Regardless of whether we view ourselves as religious, pre-religious, post-religious, or non-religious, we find ourselves involved in such a quest; it seems to be an integral part of our human personhood. Using a unique framework of analysis, this book explores Christ's relevance to the quest expressed by the communities of eight major living religions--a relevance that neither degrades Christ nor demeans other "saviors." Christ is not part of the human quest, but is well equipped to satisfy that quest.

Zen Light

Mahakashyapa asked Ananda to recite the Buddha's teachings. Ananda "
ascended the seat" and began to speak. He began with the famous words, "Thus
have I heard . . ." and recited a teaching of the Buddha. Ananda's words became

Author: Stefano Mui Barragato

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462901492

Category: Philosophy

Page: 204

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The Denkoroku, or "Record of Transmitting the Light," contains the enlightenment stories of the earliest Zen ancestors. In Zen Ught, the author comments on this Buddhist classic, which he studied as part of his own advanced Zen training. Sensei Barragato brings the varied experiences of his life and his studies in Catholicism and Quaker practice to the teachings of Zen Buddhism, making these commentaries at once off-beat, refreshing, and revealing. He touches on the major issues that affect our lives, making this book of interest to both the beginning as well as the advanced student of Zen.