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The Pāḷi Canon is a compilation of scriptures that preserve the earliest record of the teachings attributed to the Buddha in the Pāḷi language. It is also called the Pāḷi Tipiṭaka since it is divided in three sections (tipiṭaka, "three baskets") of teachings, such as, the Discipline Basket (Vinaya Piṭaka), Discourse Basket (Sutta Piṭaka) & Higher Teachings Basket (Abhidhamma Piṭaka).

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What is the last reward in AN 6:103 ("The Teacher will have been served with goodwill.")?

I'm not sure how to understand the sixth reward, or even who is rewarded. Can someone explain it? (AN 6:103, from https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN6_103.html, complete sutta quoted below) “In ...
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Where does the Buddha say, There is no happiness without calm?

Where in the canon does the Buddha say, There is no happiness without calm? I've heard the statement only second hand, and paraphrased.
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English Translations of Commentary

Where are the English Translations of Commentary? Have all of them translated in to English?
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Kalama Sutta only about Kilesas?

I found an explanation of Kalama Sutta in a website which is said to be from a Tipitaka teacher in Sri Lanka. Is Kalama Sutta only about Kilesas? Kālāma sutta is only to be applied for Lobha-dosa-...
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Why didn't the Buddha mention about the omniscience of "future of other beings", in suttas?

In many suttas, the Buddha affirms his omniscience about the past of all the beings. Why didn't the Buddha say something about his omniscience about the future of all the beings, in suttas?
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Can someone help me find where these suttas are from in the Tipitaka?

First text screenshot says MLD. 131. Where is that from? Second text screenshot says M. 19. Where is that from? Screenshots are taken from Ven. Dhammajivas book called Mahasi Insight Meditation.
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Buddha saying he doesn't have to follow all the rules?

In which sutta does the Buddha state that he does not have to follow all the monastic rules and austerities closely because he is already liberated and free, as an arahant? I remember reading this ...
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Sutta request: One should be fed before being able to listen to a Dhamma talk

The following quote can be found at this link: On the farmer's arrival the Buddha ordered that some food should be given him, and when the man was comforted and his mind was ready the Buddha preached ...
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Find Sutta: eat first before hearing the teaching

Trying to find the Sutta where Buddha says for some person who has come to hear him teaching something like give him to eat first, and then he can hear my teaching. There was some setup I dont ...
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Does a Pali thesaurus exist?

When seeking to refine my mental maps of the world in any domain of expertise to more precisely differentiate between similar terms, I have found a thesaurus to be an invaluable tool. The domain of ...
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Jataka Story Request: Mindfulness, Radiant Complexion and Grass Simile

I'm looking for a story in the Jataka wherein the Buddha talks about mindfulness and the importance of not living in the past or future. He compares the mind living in the past or future to grass that ...
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How does decisive supporting cause (upanissaya paccaya) work? (and some related questions)

According to Theravada Buddhism: 1.How does Decisive Supporting Cause (Upanissaya Paccaya) work? For example, when Venerable arahant Anuruddha asked Sangha what to do to attain divine-eye in Lord ...
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Where did the Buddha say that Teachings that don't contain the Noble Eightfold Path cannot lead to Enlightenment?

Question is in the title. I remember reading that statement in a Theravada Buddhist book or PDF file but now I can't seem to find it. Help would be much appreciated.
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Four kinds of people. "attahitaya ca patipanno". Good for yourself and others

According to this website, it says... The Buddha classified persons into four kinds on the basis of one’s attitude towards one’s own interest and one’s attitude towards the interest of others. I ...
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Did the Buddha teach how to discern deception?

With deception as rampant as ever, what did the Buddha teach about it -- other than "let none deceive another" in the metta sutta -- especially how to discern and respond to deception?
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"The result of kamma is of three sorts, I tell you" - Are the "sorts" explicated anywhere in the canon?

From the Penetrative Sutta, Nibbedhika Sutta, AN 6:63, translated by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu: “And what is the result of kamma? The result of kamma is of three sorts, I tell you: that which arises right ...
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A text where The Blessed One calls "a monk" a 'householder'?

I recall reading a text where Buddha addressed a supposed monk saying "householder". If i recall correctly, the monk said that he wasn't a householder and Buddha explained the meaning of ...
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Is the Pali Canon the final authority in the Theravada tradition?

In the Theravada tradition is the Pali Canon viewed as the final truth? In other words, are the Buddha's teachings viewed as the final authority which cannot be revised or are his teachings subject ...
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In which sutta does the Buddha discuss his attitudes toward his audience either understanding or not understanding his teaching?

I am writing an essay on Buddhist nonattachment, in which I argue that nonattachment is compatible with a wide range of affective states and intimate relationships (contra some popular philosophical ...
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Why is it called "Nama" as in namarupam?'

Nama, as in namarupa, the designation of 'feeling, perception, attention, intention & contact', why do they call these 'Nama'? Some clues or points to keep in mind; intention (cetana) is kamma ...
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How to understand lay equanimity from MN 137? [duplicate]

MN 137 discusses the six sense fields. How can we understand lay equanimity with respect to the six sense fields? For sights, lay equanimity arises for an uneducated ordinary layperson but such ...
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Namarupa as 'mentality & materiality', why or why not?

I see some teachers express 'namarupam' as 'mentality & materiality' and want to hear what you have to say on this matter.
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Sutta references for hindrances and jhana related statements

In the YouTube video entitled "Characteristics of a Sotapanna", Ven. Dhammavuddho Mahathera stated (with some paraphrasing): So who are the people who do not have the five hindrances? In ...
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How to distinguish the different stages of insight in MN 24?

In the same way, my friend, purity in terms of virtue is simply for the sake of purity in terms of mind. Purity in terms of mind is simply for the sake of purity in terms of view. Purity in terms of ...
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Please explain loathsomeness in SN 46.54

If he wants, he remains percipient of loathsomeness in the presence of what is not loathsome. If he wants, he remains percipient of unloathsomeness in the presence of what is loathsome. If he wants, ...
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Why is Chapter 15 of the SN not 'Eternalism'?

Saṁyutta Nikāya (SN) 15.3 when translated by Ven. Sujato says: Transmigration (samsara) has no known beginning. No first point is found of sentient beings roaming and transmigrating, hindered by ...
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Looking for sutta about purification of fish, turtles, etc

Is there are sutta in which the Buddha says if bathing in Ganges River could purify beings; then the fish, turtles, crocodiles, etc, would be purified?
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Theravadian encyclopedia/ dictionary

Is there a reference text for the theravada tradition that contains a lists of concepts for quick reference? Such as a text that allows for reference of ideas found in the pali canon when reading, ...
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Are there any commentaries in the pali cannon on The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta -- An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power (SN 51:20)

Are there any commentaries in the pali cannon on The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta -- An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power (SN 51:20). And in general, what are some sources for the commentaries, obviously in ...
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Did the historical Buddha explicitly teach and/or endorse Kasiṇa (meditation)?

What are the Pali cannon references, if any, for the historical Buddha explicitly teaching and/or endorsing Kasiṇa (meditation of the type found in the Visuddhimagga or any type of Kasina meditations)?...
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Where can we find (Lost) ancient Indian text by Buddhist scholars which was Translated in other languages?

Where can we find (Lost) ancient Indian text by Buddhist scholars which was Translated in other languages? A Lot of Ancient Indian Buddhist text(Which was lost over a period of time with decline of ...
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Kamma vs. kiriya / kriya

What is the difference between the terms kamma and kiriya / kriya? What is the difference between kiriya and kriya? Please provide references to kiriya / kriya from the Pali suttas.
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How reliable is that the Buddha actually spoke about supernatural powers?

In some sutras from the Pāli Canon the Buddha speaks about supernatural powers (Eg here, psychic powers, telepathy, clearaudience, etc). Buddhist masters and teachers nowadays don’t talk about these ...
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Can someone be literally reborn in lower realms due to unskillful thoughts and emotions?

I often wonder myself if the buddhist teachings says that realms are mental states, realities based on external conditions or a combination of the two. Why is that? For example: "There's the ...
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the result of feelings

The Nibbedhika Sutta: Penetrative (translated by Ven. Thanissaro) states the following: "And what is the result of feeling? One who feels a feeling produces a corresponding state of existence, ...
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Is AN 5.191 coherent with the rest of the suttas? Or is it an inserted polemical sutta?

The following sutta AN 5.191 is a bit unusual, because it seems to highlight the moral decadence of newer generations of brahmins / brahmans, compared to the older generations. However, to my ...
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Did Buddha endorse caste system in kannakathala sutta

Some Brahmins say Buddha endorsed caste system in kannakathala sutta
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What does "has students" and "has teacher" mean in this sutta?

In this question, we found the metaphorical use of the term "the world", different from its ordinary everyday meaning. Similarly, the sutta SN 35.151 below talks about living the holy life ...
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Canki Sutta (MN95) Buddha's use of "Bharadvaja" as a term of address

In the Canki Sutta (MN95) the Buddha talks to a Brahmin youth called Kapathika, but addresses him as "Bharadvaja". Does this litterally mean "supporter of the cow pen"? What might ...
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Where are the most common places to find Pali/Buddhism Anki decks in 2021?

Anki, is by far the most popular "spaced repetition tool" to enable long term retention of learned material in 2021. It does so using a scheduling algorithm which prompts the user to recall ...
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What are the most common ways to enable keyboards to type Pali characters in 2021?

Given the wide variety of possible solutions from keyboard firmware to operating system specific solutions, I'd like to leave the question wide open in order to discover which solutions are actually ...
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Why did the Buddha contradict about His teachings in these two different suttas?

In the Simsapa Sutta the Buddha said; "In the same way, monks, those things that I have known with direct knowledge but have not taught are far more numerous [than what I have taught]. I would ...
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Please help me to better understand the simile of the turner for the first part of the anapanasati instructions

Can anyone post a video of what a "bhamakāro" from ancient India would be doing? If not, can anyone explain very clearly what we are talking about in terms of the tool that would have been ...
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What is the historical basis for the buddhas examples of "wrong livelihood"?

One of the recurring themes in the teachings of the buddha is the noble eightfold path; the basis for achieving nibbana. Oftentimes the components of it are presented as their "wrong" ...
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What is the meaning of atammayata and where is it used?

What is the meaning of the word atammayata? Is it Pali or Sanskrit? I couldn't find it in any Pali-English dictionary. Where is it used and in what context? Please provide references from suttas and/...
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What do the (Pali) suttas say about "sacrifice" in general (and why it's not necessary)?

Requesting sutta references mentioning "sacrifice" along with pali words commonly (and uncommonly) translated as "sacrifice" along with thoughts and commentary please
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Who was Anuruddha's father?

In the Pali commentaries, there is a contradiction regarding the name of Thera Anuruddha's father. Somewhere he is said to be the son of Sukkodana, and somewhere of Amitodana. Both Sukkodana and ...
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Are there stories in the suttas of people experiencing the fruits of their karma in their lifetimes?

In my reading of the suttas in the Pali canon, I've only found one story that's an example of someone experiencing the results of deeds committed in the life they are currently living, in that same ...
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Is kasina meditation based on the suttas or was it invented in the Visuddhimagga?

Is kasina meditation and other such meditation techniques not found in the suttas (i.e. not taught by the Buddha) and only invented in the Visuddhimagga? Or does it have basis in the Pali suttas?
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Was Sariputta alive during the time of Buddha's death?

I have found two Suttas and I am a bit confused about Sariputta's death. In DN 16, there is a part about Sariputta being alive at the time of Buddha's death. (look at 4. Sāriputta’s Lion’s Roar in DN ...
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