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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 ...

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Noble Friendship (Kalyana Mitta) in modern times

Would "noble friendship" in modern times also refer to dhamma teachings via the Internet? Of course being surrounded by wise people is of course preferable, but how is this exactly to be understood? ...
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

I remember there being a passage where a monk says to Buddha that he thinks the Sangha is at least 50 percent of the teaching and Buddha says something along the lines of 'it's all of it'. Can anyone ...
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Do all conditioned things arise from ignorance?

A new friend said: If wisdom is not permanent, then it is conditioned. But all conditioned things arise from ignorance. How can ignorance be ended by something borne of ignorance? Do all ...
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Why is Nibbanna unconditioned if it's dependent on mind & brain [on hold]

Often it is said that nibbana is unconditioned, but nibbana is definitely dependent on other conditions. Also, according to modern psychology nothing can be 'eliminated' (greed, hatred and delusion in ...
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What does “sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā” mean in AN 9.12?

I quote from AN 9.12 (trans. Sujato) below, with regards to stream entry. What does "sattakkhattuparama" mean literally and non-literally? What is the meaning of the phrase "sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā" ...
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Sn 2.1: What is meant by an “eighth grasping (ādiyanti)”?

Sn 2.1 has been translated as follows: Ye ariyasaccāni vibhāvayanti, Gambhīrapaññena sudesitāni; Kiñcāpi te honti bhusaṃ pamattā, Na te bhavaṃ aṭṭhamam ādiyanti; Idampi saṅghe ratanaṃ ...
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Have Matreiya ever meet the present buddha?

I know that the Buddha went to tusita heaven or tavatimsa heaven to teach the dharma or Abidhamma to his mother. Matreiya is in tusita heaven so did he ever come down to tavatimsa heaven to hear the ...
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Is suffering dependent on aging & death? If so, how is suffering experienced before & after death?

A translation of SN 12.2 says: And what is dependent co-arising? From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From ...
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How or why do arahants not experience aging & death?

There are various verses in the Pali suttta that give the impression arahants not experience aging & death, as follows: Then, monks, being subject myself to aging... death... seeking the aging-...
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MN 38: How do aging-&-death cease when the eye sees a form?

MN 38 has the following two different or opposite verses on the arising of suffering & the ceasing of suffering: On seeing a form with the eye, he lusts after it if it is pleasing; he dislikes ...
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Why does SN 12.66 say aging-and-death has acquisition as its source?

SN 12.66 says: The many diverse kinds of suffering that arise in the world headed by aging-and-death: this suffering has acquisition as its source, acquisition as its origin; it is born and ...
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SN 12.51 Why are meritorious formations rooted in ignorance?

SN 12.51 says: Bhikkhus, if a person immersed in ignorance generates a meritorious volitional formation, consciousness fares on to the meritorious; if he generates a demeritorious volitional ...
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Why is the Pali word 'saṅkhārā' in Dependent Origination plural?

In researching Dependent Origination as described in SN 12.2 and using a basic Pali language guide (page 18), I found the following about each main Pali word: jarāmaraṇaṃ singular from maraṇa ...
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Accuracy of suttas [closed]

The suttas were as far as I heard transmitted orally, and it was only several hundred years later that the teachings were put on to paper. Now my questions: i) Do you believe in every sutta? For ...
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In AN 4.171, what is “reincarnation where the intention of others is effective”?

Bhikkhu Sujato's translation of AN 4.171 says: Mendicants, there are four kinds of reincarnation. Cattārome, bhikkhave, attabhāvapaṭilābhā. What four? Katame cattāro? There is a ...
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Did Angulimala end kamma?

AN 6.63 says the Noble Eightfold Path ends kamma, as follows: And what is the cessation of kamma? From the cessation of contact is the cessation of kamma; and just this noble eightfold path — ...
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How is craving the practice that leads to the origin of feeling?

SN 36.23 translated by Bhikkhu Sujato says: Then a mendicant went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to him: Atha kho aññataro bhikkhu yena bhagavā tenupasaṅkami; ...
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What is the history and (current) location of the root text sources comprising the Pali Cannon?

Seeking physical and online resources; books; articles; etc. concerning the history, public (and private) images and (current) location of the root text sources comprising the Pali Cannon
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The Buddha and the Jhanas

This is a continuation of an original question I asked, linked here: Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them? My question is: can any of you link me directly to the instances in primary sources (...
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Eclecticism in the Dhamma (as per AN 3.72; AN 3.65; MN 20)

“Those who teach a Dhamma for the abandoning of passion, for the abandoning of aversion, for the abandoning of delusion — their Dhamma is well-taught”. (Ājīvaka Sutta; AN 3:72) Does this verse ...
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What is saupādisesā according to the Pali suttas?

I have not read 100% of the Pali suttas. I am only aware of the term "saupādisesā" in the following sutta: “Bhikkhus, there are these two Nibbāna-elements. What are the two? The Nibbāna-element ...
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What are the “seven stations of consciousness” supposed to mean?

DN 15 includes the utterance of the "seven stations of consciousness", where the later six equate with the six of the eight jhanas, namely: 1. There are sentient beings that are diverse in body (...
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What is the meaning of uppajjati versus upapajjati?

In the Pali there are two terms, which are (generally) used contextually in two different ways: uppajjati (and its past particle uppanna) upapajjati (and its past particle upapanna) What do these ...
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MN 72 - Why is a freed mind not “not reborn”?

Three translations of Bhikkhu Sujato say: But Master Gotama, when a mendicant’s mind is freed like this, where are they reborn? Evaṃ vimuttacitto pana, bho gotama, bhikkhu kuhiṃ upapajjatī ...
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Lord Buddha and Chakravartin

Are they the same person? Or a previous incarnation before the Buddha was a human? Is there any Sutras that mentions/reference about this? (Pali Canon)
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Can someone give references of the four stages of enlightenment in the four major Nikayas?

It is generally held that there are four stages of enlightenment, namely, Soatapanna, Sakadagami, Anagami and Arahant. These stages are achieved by a practitioner as she/he gradually eradicates the ...
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Death of Moggallana

Where can I find the Tripitaka source of the Death of Ven. Moggallana? The part of him being beaten by thugs and then came to the Buddha to take permission to go into parinibbana.
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What does MN 18's “delineate a delineation” phrase mean?

What is the meaning of the phrase "delineate a delineation" from MN 18? What is its message? Is it connecting papanca (objectification-classification or reification) with dependent origination? "...
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How does Theravada practice to obtain the direct knowledge of anatta?

In this comment it is stated that the Pali Suttas contain the correct method for manifesting direct knowledge of anatta. I agree, but I wonder what Theravada adherents would regard as the precise ...
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Suffering due to non-self-related preconceived notions in Theravada

According to this answer: However, there is another type of suffering that cannot be fixed with anatta! This type of suffering comes from attachment to forms other than oneself, forms that have ...
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Reference for Thoughts like rain drop bubbles

There is reference in the Thai Forest tradition to a teaching given to sāriputta by Buddha of thoughts like rain drop bubbles rising the mergie into the body of water. Dose anyone know of this suta ...
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Reference request for “the Buddha takes the Dhamma as his superior”

In what Pali sutta[s] does the Buddha says something approximately like, Everyone needs someone better than them, who they can revere and who can guide them: who will be their teacher. But there is ...
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Suttas on the 5 Precepts

I am looking for the suttas where the Buddha has preached about the 5 precepts. Also how it can lead you to Samadhi, Niravana and etc. -Metta
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Do the Pali suttas teach about “interrelatedness”?

What is "interrelatedness"? Do the Pali suttas teach about "interrelatedness"?
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Are the Pali words “cause” (“hetu'), ”condition“ (”paccaya“), ”nutriment“ (”ahara“) and ”root“ (”mula") synonyms?

Are the Pali words "cause" ("hetu'), "condition" ("paccaya"), "nutriment" ("ahara") and "root" ("mula") always synonyms?
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Ignorance and the root of suffering?

Searching the Pali Canon for the "root of suffering", we find the direct definition only occurs in a few suttas: delight is the root of suffering (MN1) attachment is the root of suffering (MN105, ...
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A person being enlightened by a non-enlightened

I have heard stories of non-enlightened monks preach dharma to ordinary people and those people would become enlightened (At least a stream-enterer). Can I have any sources on these? Possibly any ...
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How did the Buddha subdue fear and terror while standing, sitting, etc.?

The Bhaya Bherava Sutta (MN4) states the following: ...I stayed in the sort of places that are awe-inspiring and make your hair stand on end, such as park-shrines, forest-shrines, & tree-...
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Is “The body never lies” supported in the suttas?

I recently went to a dhamma talk that I am skeptical of for a few reasons. One of the things we were told in this talk is that the mind always lies and the body never lies, which (in a mundane sense) ...
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Different Pali words for remorse or regret

The Pali word for remorse or regret in the definition of the five hindrances (in MN 10) is "kukucca". Sometimes, this word is also translated as worry or anxiety. This word usually appears together ...
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Is Vinanna a Reification of Recognition?

I read on the Internet that Experience (Vijnana) which is really nothing but reification of Recognition (or Interpretation) of new observations in terms of internalized old observations. Is this ...
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Are Samskara in Pratītyasamutpāda a cohesive collection of memories or imprints?

I read a view on the internet that Samskara in Pratītyasamutpāda a cohesive collection of memories or imprints. Is this view or idea taught in the Pali Suttas? If so, please provide some quotes?
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Can sankharas and craving arise without attachment?

I have noticed subtle thoughts (sankharas) can spontaneously pop up but mindfulness can quickly cut off & end those subtle thoughts so craving does not arise in relation to those thoughts. I ...
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How do I practice ' see things as they are'?

Further to the answers to this question, I want to understand what literally is 'see things as they are' or as the sutta states, Yathā-bhūta-ñāna-dassana. My questions are, I understand that if I ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

Throughout the Pali Canon you can find instances where the Buddha appears to engage in harsh speech that seems to be contrary to the noble eighfold path. There are several important points/...
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Conscience in Buddhism

Conscience is described as being the moral sense in which an individual makes decisions. Do Buddhists believe there is a conscience? If so how is it defined
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Buddha's past lives in the Pali Suttas outside of Jataka

According to this answer for the question "Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?": The Theravada accepts the Jataka stories as commentarial literature; they are not canonical, but are ...
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Does the Pali word “sattā” mean “sentient beings”?

The new Sutta Central translations have translated the Pali word "sattā" as "sentient beings", as follows: And what is rebirth? Katamā ca, bhikkhave, jāti? The rebirth, inception, conception, ...
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Does “abhinibbatti” mean “reincarnation” in the Pali suttas?

The new Sutta Central translations have translated the Pali word "abhinibbatti" as "reincarnation", as follows: And what is rebirth? Katamā ca, bhikkhave, jāti? The rebirth, inception, ...
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How is the “manifestion” (pātubhāvo) of the earth element the arising (uppāda) of suffering?

The translations of SN 26.9 sounds unusual to me; which are as follows: Yo kho, bhikkhave, pathavīdhātuyā uppādo ṭhiti abhinibbatti pātubhāvo … pe … jarāmaraṇassa pātubhāvo; yo āpodhātuyā … ...