Questions tagged [pali-canon]

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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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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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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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 should the terms 'kaya, vaci & citta sankhara' be translated?

In MN 44 is found an explanation of the terms 'kaya, vaci & citta sankhara' (which are terms also found in Anapanasati steps 4, 7 & 8 and in the 2nd nidana of Dependent Origination). Bhikkhu ...
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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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Did Buddha endorse caste system in kannakathala sutta

Some Brahmins say Buddha endorsed caste system in kannakathala sutta
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How are the Seven Purifications (satta-visuddhi) practiced in daily life?

What are the 7 Purifications in laymans terms and how is this practiced in daily life?
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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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vijānāti, vedati, sañjānāti, pajānāti and sampajānāti. : What are the subtle differences between these words?

vijānāti, vedati, sañjānāti, pajānāti and sampajānāti. These are very frequently used in tripitaka. And it seems people are lightly taking them almost similar.. Though I know the difference but it is ...
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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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What is the "Unconditioned" that the Buddha is talking about? And vinjana in Buddhsm

In advaita vedanta, consciousness is the self. Consciousness has 2 modes: it can be pure consciousness, and it is described as "being aware of being aware" or the "I that I am knows that I am"; while ...
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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 is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

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 ...
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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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How is possible that monks memorised 10.000 sutras?

According to Wikipedia, in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali canon there are 10.000 sutras. According to tradition, Ananda recited by heart all 10.000 sutras after the death of Gautama and they have been ...
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The fourth path to attaining arahantship

From the Yuganaddha Sutta, there are four paths described: Development of insight preceded by development of tranquility Development of tranquility preceded by development of insight Tranquility ...
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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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What is the meaning of the word 'Emptiness' as it was used in the oldest texts?

Want references/excerpts and inference pertaining to the references & etymology for the designation[s] of "Emptiness" as it is used in the Pali Sutta.
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Did the Lord Buddha ever use the word 'materialism'?

On Buddhist forums, I read reincarnationists accuse or demonize truthers as being "materialists", similar to Zionists accusing truthers of being "antisemitic" or Americans accusing traitors as being "...
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Meaning of the Rooted Sutta

From the Rooted Sutta (AN 10.58) we have the following paragraph translated by Bhikkhu Sujato. What does it mean? What are "things" or "phenomena" in this context? Please explain the whole paragraph. ...
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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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Neither standing nor swimming, I crossed the flood

From the Crossing the Flood Sutta below, we read that the Buddha said that he crossed the flood (i.e. of suffering, of clinging to the world), neither by standing still, nor by struggling (or swimming)...
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Review of this "Bhaddekaratta Sutta - Liberation teachings on an ideal seclusion", and/or info about the author? [closed]

(Note that this is surely an experimental "question" for the usual use, although not different, just the purpose and circumstances) Today the Sangha of the eight directions was given, aside of other ...
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What is world (loka) in SN 12.44? Why is it called "world"?

What is world (loka) in the context of SN 12.44? Why is it called "world"? Is it related to "The All" (SN 35.23)? “And what, bhikkhus, is the origin of the world? In dependence on ...
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What is the "sensual desire" fetter?

What is the "sensual desire" described as one of the fetters, which is: Reduced or weakened in a once-returner Abandoned in a non-returner Are kāmarāga and kāmacchando used interchangeably?...
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Were monastic training texts written down during the Buddha's life?

It seems a commonly held notion that the actual written text of Buddhadharma were only recorded well after the life of the Buddha. However, this sutta seems to indicate that was not so: "Take a ...
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What is a person (puggala)?

What is a person (puggala) in Buddhism? What is the difference between a person (puggala) and other terms like self (atta) and sentient being (satta)? Is a person (puggala) reborn into future lives? ...
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The Buddha spoke to many individuals. Did the Buddha ever tell an individual who did not believe in rebirth, that they must in order to be liberated?

I have yet to read the entire Pali canon, but I've read a lot of it. It is a source I trust is fairly accurate. I'm still looking for an anecdote from the Buddha's life where he tells a non-believer ...
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Nirodha samapatti - cessation of all, or only clinging, perception and feeling?

This is based on the comments below this answer. From this page, we find the commentary: nirodha-samāpatti 'attainment of extinction' (S. XIV, 11), also called saññā-vedayita-nirodha, 'extinction of ...
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Why does Snp 2.2 not consider eating meat to be killing 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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Was Devadaha a Sakyan town and were the Buddha's maternal relatives Sakyans?

In the literature we generally read that the Koliya clan, a neighbouring clan of the Sakyans, had two capitals - Devadaha and Ramagama. Moreover, the Buddha's mother Mayadevi and foster mother ...
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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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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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