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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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Searching for a sutta where Buddha talks about Nibbana

I am searching for sutta where Buddha talks about Nibbana. Also, there is one sutta where he says, "ah nothingness, great is this nothingness..." or something and his disciple replies, "...
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Is there a compassion only Buddhist path?

In a recent version of the Buddhist Geeks podcast Rick Hanson said that recent academic research is showing that in the Pali Canon there were teachings indicating that compassion is enough to progress ...
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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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Why did the Buddha not answer Vacchagotta (SN 44.10), but did answer the monks (MN 140)?

It has been said that the reason the Buddha did not answer Vacchagotta was because the discussion was not about the doctrine & terminology of the Buddha, but rather about the illogical doctrine of ...
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What did the Buddha mean in MN 140 about what happened to clansman Pukkusāti after a cow killed him?

Bhikkhu, ‘I am’ is a conceiving; ‘I am this’ is a conceiving; ‘I shall be’ is a conceiving; ‘I shall not be’ is a conceiving; ‘I shall be possessed of form’ is a conceiving; ‘I shall be formless’ is a ...
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Why does Snp 2.2 not consider eating meat to be bad karma?

The teaching of Buddha Kassapa in Snp 2.2: “Killing living beings, hunting, cutting, binding, theft, lying, fraud, deceptions, useless recitations, associating with the wives of others: This is a raw ...
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Is it never what you think it is?

In the Sappurisa Sutta, MN 113, Access to Insight it says: 'The Blessed One has spoken of non-fashioning even with regard to the attainment of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38. when he said: “Mendicants, a faithful gentleman gets five benefits. What five? The good persons in the world show compassion first to the faithful, not so much to ...
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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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Is this the same nun in these sutta references?

From sutta SA 2.218: The renunciant Gotama is staying at Sāvatthī at the Jeta Grove in the Anāthapiṇḍika Park. And there is the nun Selā who took her robes and her begging bowl and entered Sāvatthī ...
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Does “old karma” come from our parents, family, community, surroundings?

In SN 35.145 (below), we see that the body, intellect etc. is "old karma", capable to be felt. But it doesn't say whose "old karma" it is. The sutta also talks about "new ...
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Evidence of Pali Canon's Origin

Are the Buddha's words the source of the Pali Canon? What evidence is there of the Pali Canon's origin? What do scholars say?
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The knot of adherence to dogmatic assertion of truth

What exactly is the "bodily knot of adherence to dogmatic assertion of truth" or "insistence that this is the only truth" in the sutta below? Why is it a bodily knot or tie? Please ...
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What is the difference between Karma and Sanskara

Karma and Sanskara seam to be very much related. How are they related and how are they different.
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In what suttas are the “4 resolves” (adhiṭṭhānī) discussed?

I have heard this list discussed in Dharma talks like this one: Gil Fronsdal: The Four Resolves (Recorded: Monday, June 12, 2017) But when I tried to find suttas on this subject, I could only find 1 ...
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Techniques for sluggish mind and restless mind

The sutta quote below talks about using different awakening factors when the mind is sluggish as opposed to when the mind is restless. What are the meditation or mindfulness techniques to be used for ...
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Which sutta? The Buddha says monks missing out on pleasures of lay life and pleasures of holy life

Which pali sutta is this? I think it's in MN somewhere. The Buddha says monks missing out on pleasures of lay life and the pleasures of holy life. The idea being that their practice is such that they'...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

In the state known as neither perception nor non-perception, it seems impossible to cognize the relative particulates that allow it to occur as an event, but one can emerge mindfully from its ...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

Question is in the title. Thank you for your time.
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Renouncing property and wealth

My question is about supreme peace that is received from renunciation. When people renounce a major portion of their possession and title, they are believed to get supreme peace. Where I can get a ...
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Niddesa Translations

I've hunted around a bit online but haven't found much besides some vague "probably not" answers. Has anyone ever come across an English (or other western language) translation of both parts ...
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What is the (middle length) sutta, where Buddha exposes a monk, who has an ignorant view of non-self?

In one sutta a monk was teaching, that there's something that is behind our existence, that is permanent (opposite of non-self). Buddha asked for this explicitely, got confirmed, and corrected the ...
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Why five aggregates instead of just three?

If feeling, perception and consciousness are conjoined or mixed, and it is not possible to separate them or delineate them or disjoin them, then why do we have five different aggregates instead of ...
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“For a person whose past,present and future are the same” from Dhammapada

With reference to the title of the question, I would like to know if the person blessed or under a curse if for him the past, present, and future are the same? If by unlawful acts he is elevated to a ...
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How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts?

How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts? How similar or different is it from the way the word is used these days -- particularly in scientific studies of consciousness ?
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Animal sacrifices mentioned in the suttas or vinaya?

Hindus believe that the Buddha opposed Vedic rites of animal sacrifice in his time, for example, on this page and on this page. This apparently influenced later Hindus to abandon the practice of ...
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How was the Buddha Jayanti edition of the Tripitaka derived?

I've read that the three Theravada countries Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar all three have their own version of the Tripitaka. I've also read that in 1956 they held the Sixth Buddhist convention with ...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

Does there exist such a sutta in which a brahmin pays a visit to the Buddha at his dwelling at Jeta's Grove with the sole intent to heckle, only to be met with silence and then brought to his senses ...
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Why is there a Miscellaneous chapter in the Dhammapada?

Chapter 21 of the Dhammapada is titled Miscellaneous or Varied Verses or similar depending on the exact translation. Why do all the other chapters have descriptive headings and themes such as Flowers ...
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How do I relax thought-fabrication?

In the Vitakkasanthana Sutta the Buddha gives 5 ways to help calm the heightened mind. In Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation the fourth method is described as he should attend to the relaxing of ...
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What was the 1st Buddhist Council about?

I'm interested in the 1st Buddhist Council, i.e. why was it held, where was it held, who attended it and what were the outcome? I'm not looking for an in-depth and detailed answer. More like an ...
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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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How does the Buddha subdue fear in MN4?

In MN4 does the Buddha subdue the fear by: Observing it with mindfulness until it goes away, thereby seeing the Three Characteristics? Subdue it with samatha meditation, i.e. to shift attention away ...
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Looking for a Sutta wherein the Buddha talks about dreams

In the Dhamma talk "Sleeping and dreaming", by Ajahn Punnadhammo, he mentions that in the Anguttara Nikaya (no specific sutta mentioned) the Buddha talked about the origins of dreams and ...
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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

This seems to have different interpretation and translations? What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to different line of ...
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Foundations of Mindfulness • Stages of Awakening

Are there hints, in the Theravada traditions, at parallels to be possibly drawn between the progression through the four stages of awakening (stream winner, once returner, non returner, arahant ) and ...
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Signless Meditation • 8th Jhana

We find in Thig 3.3 the following verses : I attain the meditations on emptiness and signlessness whenever I want. I am the Buddha’s rightful daughter, always delighting in quenching. How, dear ...
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Is it demerit to give donations to sick non-Buddhists?

I recall reading words or translations in the Pali suttas suggesting the following: It is a path of decline to give donations to non-Buddhists. It is most meritorious to give donations to the Noble ...
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What is ariya or noble?

What is ariya or noble? This term is used in multiple places like Four Noble Truths (cattāri ariyasaccāni), Noble Eightfold Path (ariya aṭṭhaṅgika magga), noble sangha (ariya saṅgha).
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Where can this story be found?

In the story the Buddha creates a golden lotus and gives it to a monk who soon after attains arahantship. Story is in attached screenshot taken from the book "Fundamentals of Insight Meditation&...
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Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why?

My preference would be a Theravada based answer to the following question: Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why? Thank you. :)
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Help with finding a specific sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how beings we meet in this life (family, friends, animals etc.) have all been our parents, friends, loved ones, pets etc. in previous lives. What ...
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Misconception about remembering past lives?

I have been digging really deep into the philosophy of Buddha. What I have come to know is that Buddha has never talked about remembering past lives in any original text. If he has then please let me ...
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How did this teleportation happen in DN 16?

In DN 16 it is written that: "Then the Buddha came to the Ganges River. Now at that time the Ganges was full to the brim so a crow could drink from it. Wanting to cross from the near to the far ...
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Need help with finding a specific Sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how a person who only for a moment cultivates loving-kindness or mindfulness has not wasted his or her spiritual life. What sutta is that? Thank you ...
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SN 41:3,4 Where do these monks vanish to?

I was reading these two suttas and at the the end of both the monks seem to leave although Citta has offered to care for them. Is this a rejection of his Dana? Did Ven. Mahaka do something wrong by ...
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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Are the higher arupa jhanas supernatural states expanding beyond the physical body?

The higher arupa jhanas are: fifth jhāna: infinite space (Pāḷi ākāsānañcāyatanaa), sixth jhāna: infinite consciousness (Pāḷi viññāṇañcāyatana), seventh jhāna: infinite nothingness (Pāḷi ...
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Why are they called “old kamma”?

The sutta below states that eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind are old kamma. Why are these called old kamma (purāṇakammā)? Is it because of rebirth? Or could there be other reasons? If rebirth ...

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