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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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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

If I remember rightly the Buddha is quoted as saying something along the lines of: Do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself In what text(s) of the Buddhist cannon is this ...
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Missing Dhyana/Jhana Sutras?

Are there parallel texts between Pali Canon Jhana Suttas, and Mahayana equivalent? Dhyana Sutras? I now that the theme is picked up again in Tiantai texts, but I'm thinking of between the Pali canon ...
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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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Finding Authentic Suttas

Is there some website or book somewhere that lists suttas on different criteria like what suttas are more core or more likely to be authentic do to scholarly analysis like comparing Chinese ...
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Is consciousness a result of contact?

I read the following on the internet: Thus we can say that consciousness is a result of contact. It looks like ocean waves: there is something beneath (water, an organ of perception) and ...
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Did the Buddha praise the practice of incest?

Wikipedia says: Incest is human sexual activity between family members or close relatives. This typically includes sexual activity between people in consanguinity (blood relations), and ...
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Why the aristocrat is best of people?

Many suttas (SN 6.11; SN 21.11; MN 53; AN 11.10; DN 27) contain the following phase: ‘The aristocrat is best of those people ‘khattiyo seṭṭho janetasmiṃ, who take clan as the standard. ye ...
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Searching for a Pali sutta where Buddha said “Enough!” to rebirth speculations

There is a sutta where a man kept asking the Buddha about forecasting destinations or future lives or something similar and the Buddha said to the man: "Enough!" and exhorted the purpose or goal of ...
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Is there really a story in the Pali Canon about a layman running away from home AFTER having attained arahantship?

Today I stumbled upon a thread on Reddit. Deep down in the comments, I saw someone make the following claim: My personal opinion is probably they [lay arahants] will run away from society and die ...
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Sacca-pabba Is The Reason That Commentary Commented “Viññāṇa Is Jāti And Paṭisandhi”, Right?

In saccapabba of mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta: Jāti is "khandhānaṃ patubhāvo" and "āyatanānaṃ paṭilābho". Khandhānaṃ patubhāvo included viññāṇa-khandha. Viññāṇa-khandha is viññāṇa-paṭiccasamuppāda. Rūpa-...
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Is Samadhi mentioned in Jhana Suttas?

Do the Pali texts on jhana actually mention Samadhi and/or One-Pointedness by name in the jhana descriptions or is this mention apocryphal?
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Sutta request: dedication of offerings in another ones name

This is a request for sutta references. I'd like to know the sutta's that describe how one can dedicate offerings in the name of a dearly departed one so that (s)he can, hopefully, have a better ...
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What were the source documents of the PTS Sutta Pitaka?

The Pali Text Society published editions of the Pali Tipitaka, starting in about 1890. I assume it was copied (transcribed) from one or more written sources, not from memory, is that so? From what ...
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How does the reference system of the Majjhima Nikaya work?

I have come across a reference to the Majjhima Nikaya (MN) noted as MN 1.436. In my own book (The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and ...
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Sutta references

I have read a sutta where the Buddha says that there are elements from other religions in his dharma and certain elements from his dharma in other religions as well. I'm looking for that sutta.
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Transfering merits to parents after their death [duplicate]

As a duty of children, how to transfer merits to parents after their death?
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Did the Buddha have intention (cetana)?

After attaining Nibbana, did the Buddha still have intention (cetanā)? In SN 12.2, intention is part of name in name-and-form. In SN 12.38 (quoted below), it sounds like intention is removed in an ...
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Relationship between sampajanna definitions in SN 47.2 and SN 47.35

What is the relationship between the definitions of sampajañña (clear comprehension) in SN 47.2 and SN 47.35? From SN 47.35 (translated by Bodhi): “And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu exercise clear ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

In commenting a post, I have just been introduced to the "two bundles of reeds leaning up against each other" Sutta. The comments have just been moved to chat and I hope it would be kept for awhile ...
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Nimitta - sutta references

Please provide references from the Pali suttas on nimitta. Are they mentioned in the context of jhana? In the article below, it is mentioned that nimitta is found in the Anapanasati Sutta, but I ...
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'Sankhara' Dependent Origination: Bhikkhu Analayo vs Bhikkhu Thanissaro. Which is right?

About 'sankhara' in Dependent Origination as found in SN 12.2 of the Pali suttas, Bhikkhu Analayo said the following: Bhikkhu Thanissaro said the following: Which is right and why? Bhikkhu Analayo ...
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Dana Sutta 7.49 [duplicate]

In this sutta the Buddha lists various reasons why people are generous and where their generosity will lead them. At the end of the sutta he mentioned the most powerful way of giving: " — nor with ...
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How does Ajita Kesakambali compare to the Buddha?

DN 2 states: When this was said, Ajita Kesakambalin said to me, 'Great king, there is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed. There is no fruit or result of good or bad actions. There ...
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What are timeframe were pali canons, included commentaries, done, especially Mahavihara-Theravada?

My conclusion from tipitaka and commentaries: Most of Tipitaka canons and commentaries, except Kathāvatthu the forth of abhidhamma, began before 1st saṅgāyanā, but catagorize at 1st saṅgāyanā (see: ...
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The Four Nutriments: what do the metaphors in SN 12.63 mean?

In the Puttamansa Sutta, the Four Nutriments ('ahara') of physical food, sense contact, intention & consciousness are discussed using four comparative similes ('metaphors'). The 1st simile of ...
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Difference between aggregates and clinging-aggregates?

What's the difference between the five aggregates and the five clinging-aggregates? For e.g. is the aggregate of form referring to the physical body, but the clinging-aggregate of form is a tainted ...
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Recommendation for Suttas

I have been practising Vipassana for quite a while (2 and half years). Now, I want to also dwell into the teachings of Buddha as presented in Suttas and apply those teaching in my everday life. I have ...
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Western scholars: Did the Buddha not speak the Digha Nikaya?

Recently, Bhikkhu Sujato wrote: It is no coincidence that these elaborate texts are often addressed to the brahmins, who were the self-proclaimed spiritual leaders of the time. The brahmins ...
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DN 15: Whose or which consciousness enters the mother's womb?

In the pre-Buddhism Brahmanism philosophy, namarupa meant 'name-form' or 'naming-forms', as follows: Nāmarūpa-vyākaraṇa (Sanskrit: नामरुपव्याकरण ), in Hindu philosophy, refers to the process of ...
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Why are 'eternalism' & 'annihilationism' mentioned in SN 12.17?

In SN 12.17, it is said: Well now, good Gotama, is suffering caused by oneself? No indeed, Kassapa," said the Blessed One. Well then, good Gotama, is one's suffering caused by another? ...
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Where is careless attention (ayonisomanasikāro) in Dependent Origination?

AN 10.61 says: Thus not associating with good persons, becoming full, fills up not hearing the good Dhamma. Not hearing the good Dhamma, becoming full, fills up lack of faith. Lack of faith, ...
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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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Beginner's Buddhist Course Syllabus By Ancient Pali Canon (Ganthadhura And Vipassanādhura)

How to learn dhamma as Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists? How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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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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Why is the Pali word 'sattānaṃ' in Dependent Origination plural?

In this previous question, I listed the results of my investigations into how each nidana (link) in dependent origination appears to be 'singular', except 'sankhara', which is plural. The 'jati' ('...
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Is there a free (libre or open) version of Visuddhimagga in a digital text or HTML format?

I can't use the Path of Purification PDF version of AccessToInsight.org because ... I want to restructure/retranslate Visuddhimagga into english. I want to add the reference link in each word of ...
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How does Buddhism deal with psychopaths & serial killer

What do the suttas say about such people? Surely they're acting on their ignorance (dependent origination), but can't they make use of restraint/self control? Is there no penalization in such cases ...
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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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Did the Buddha speak Pali? Are the suttas his word verbatim?

Was Pali the language spoken during the time of the Buddha, and would he have spoken this language? Are the suttas contained in the Pali Canon verbatim what the Buddha said, or would things have been ...
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Why are these called “The All”?

Based on the sutta quote below: Why are these called "The All": the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas? ...
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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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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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Why is Nibbanna unconditioned if it's dependent on mind & brain [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...