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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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Examples where inference is used in the suttas

Pramana refers to sources of knowledge in Indian epistemology. The wikipedia article on Pramana states: Buddhism holds two (perception, inference) are valid means ... to knowledge. This sutta ...
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Is there any form of Vajrayana Buddhism that is based on the Pali canon?

As far as I'm aware, most forms of Vajrayana Buddhism (which is really only Tibetan and Shingon I think) are based on the Mahayana (Chinese?) canon and accept their sutras generally. Is there any form ...
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Who are the noble ones and who are their disciples?

In the suttas, we read about the noble ones (ariya) and the disciples of the noble ones (ariyasavaka). Who are the noble ones? Do they include only the four persons who are the stream enterers, once-...
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How or why do arahants not experience aging & death?

There are various verses in the Pali suttas 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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8 Worldly Dharmas - are they mental or physical for noble ones?

In the Lokavipatti Sutta the 8 worldly dharmas are pleasure, pain, fame, disgrace, blame, praise, and gain, and loss. The Buddha also says the noble ones experience all of those but don't rebel ...
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Why would form not lead to affliction, if it were self?

From the sutta below, why would form (and the other aggregates) not lead to affliction, if it were self? Why would it be the case that form (and the other aggregates) could be compelled to change ...
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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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what is Mahaggataṃ citam? is it related to out of body experience?

the typical translation of Mahaggataṃ citam is , exalted , or expanded mind? and in MN 127...two types of cetovimutti described. (1)mahaggatā cetovimutti (expanded freedom of mind) it related to ...
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Is it ever said in the Pali Canon that Nirvana cannot be attained?

Is there any sutta in the Pali Canon which describes the supramundane view that Nibbana cannot be attained? I'm looking for a verse or quote from the Pali Canon which describes Nibbana as unattainable ...
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Parallel practices in Buddhism to kavacchas

Buddhism although doesn't address the path of the gods for enlightment, it is seen that they are largely addressed for their existence. There are entities - dakinis, pisachinis, etc that are negative ...
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What is the right practice around empathy?

This is a practice-related question. In Buddhism the goal is to not suffer, but empathy seems to mean suffering because someone else is suffering. In several places in the Pali Canon and elsewhere, ...
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Justifications for why there are no mentions of Nirodha Samapatti in the earliest stratum of the Pali canon?

As the title states, there are no explicit references to Nirodha Samapatti in what is widely considered to be the earliest stratum of the Pali canon (which includes texts such as the Sutta Nipata, ...
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What is the "meditation on emptiness" in MN 121?

What is the "meditation on emptiness" in MN 121? What does "emptiness" refer to in this sutta? Also, what does "oneness dependent on the perception of ..." mean in this sutta? “Indeed, Ānanda, ...
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Is there a true contradiction between SN 5.10 and SN 22.85?

It is said by the bhikkhuni Vajira: “Just as, with an assemblage of parts, The word ‘chariot’ is used, So, when the aggregates exist, There is the convention ‘a being.’ SN 5.10 However, in the ...
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What is the precise analysis of SN 22.85 & SN 22.86?

SN 22.85 says: “What do you think, friend Yamaka, do you regard form, feeling, perception, volitional formations and consciousness taken together as the Tathagata?”— “No, friend.” “If, friend Yamaka,...
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Sorry, I've just read Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10) and feel a bit overwhelmed. As far as I understand, this is some sort of instruction on how to attain enlightenment. It teaches, that one has to ...
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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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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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Is there anything called as Adhamma in the Suttas?

I asked a question which indirectly asked about Adhamma. However there was no direct refutation of Adhamma. So , I had to ask this question directly: Is there anything called as Adhamma in the Suttas ?...
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Why is the Buddha called "Kinsman of the Sun"?

In some suttas like SN 22.95 and Snp 4.14, the Buddha is called the Kinsman of the Sun (ādiccabandhu). Why is he called the Kinsman of the Sun? What is the origin of the term?
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara in depth?

Can someone provide a canonical explanation to Sanskara/Sankara? I appreciate if you can provide some sources, Suttras/Suttas so that I can expand my knowledge.
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How long does it take to read the Sutta Pitaka (exluding the Kuddhaka Nikaya)?

I bought the Digha Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya and Anguttara Nikaya from Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations and was wondering how long it will take to read through these 4 Pitakas? I once ...
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What is "feature of beauty" in MN 5?

Questions: What is "feature of beauty" in MN 5? Why does the type of person mentioned ("the person who doesn’t have a blemish but does not understand it"), focus on it? And why ...
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Need help finding a Sutta in which the Buddha details the rebirth destination of a soldier

There is one specific Sutta in which the Buddha details the rebirth destination of a patriotic soldier who dies in battle for the sake of his country? Can someone please help me find it. Metta to all.
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Completion of paramitas

Is it possible to complete all paramitas without physically doing anything? If so, then how & where is it mentioned in tipitaka? In previous birth, while bowing down to dipankara, Gautama thought ...
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How does the self-doer of AN 6.38 not conflict with anatta?

The third mark of existence states sabbe dhamma anatta - all phenomena is not self. Despite that, the following sutta states that there is a self-doer (attakārī). Also, this implies free will. How is ...
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How is the romanized Pali Tipitaka on tipitaka.org formatted?

Looking at tipitaka.org/romn, I have a few questions about the XML markup used for it, so I can better understand the significance of each thing. The ’’ symbol? Take this paragraph as one reference: ...
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How to break Pali compound words?

Looking at the Pali Tripitaka, many of the words are really long: Ucchedavādo anuppādadhammā evaṃsukhadukkhappaṭisaṃvedī micchādiṭṭhikammasamādānā sambodhiparāyaṇo’’ti (btw, what does that ’’ mean, I ...
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Are you familiar with a particular AN or SN sutta on bowing?

There is a sutta AN or SN, I believe, I read months ago that discussed about a kingsman who wanted to give respect to the Buddha by bowing but couldn't because he would lose a good job, family, and ...
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Reference request: Skulls higher than the Himalayan mountains

I’m looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha talks about the aimless wandering in Samsara and gives several analogies, one of them being about taking all the skulls one has left behind and piled them on ...
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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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Conventional versus Ultimate

People sometimes qualify their statements, by adding the word, "conventionally" — and people distinguish between Conventional Truth (Sammuti Sacca) versus Ultimate Truth (Paramattha Sacca). ...
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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 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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Pali Canon: Did the Buddha ever offer teachings without being asked to?

Are there instances in the Pali Canon of the Buddha offering teaching without being asked to? I know he often decided the topic of his discourses himself, and also often seems to have started the ...
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For contact, can eye, sights, and eye-consciousness arise but NOT meet?

From MN 148 Bhante Sujato Eye consciousness arises dependent on the eye and sights. The meeting of the three is contact. Bhikkhu Bodhi Dependent on the eye and forms, eye-consciousness arises; the ...
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What are the "seven stations of consciousness" supposed to mean?

DN 15 & also AN 7.44 exclusively include the utterance of the "seven stations of consciousness", where the later six equate with the six of the eight jhanas, namely: 1. There are ...
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Where is the suttas is 'sati' defined as present moment awareness?

I read the following on the internet: About this unusual understanding of sati ("Sati is never present moment awareness") I hope the reader of this answer put some time reading the suttas to come ...
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True versus Correct in uttered speech

In the below passage from MN 58 In the same way, prince, the Realized One does not utter speech that he knows to be untrue, false, and pointless, and which is disliked by others. The Realized One ...
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Can you explain "nirvana"?

Can anybody explain to me about "nibbana" and how it is different form "nirvana"? Are there views about it and ways to get to it?
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can MN.43 be my alibi?

“Friend, these five faculties—each with a separate range, a separate domain, not experiencing one another’s range & domain: the eye-faculty, the ear-faculty, the nose-faculty, the tongue-faculty, &...
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Is there any web site to read teeka (tipitaka sub commentaries) in english

Can you give a link to read teeka or sub commentaries..
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What is the source of the Four Dhamma Summaries?

What is the source of the Four Dhamma Summaries? From which sutta does it come from? The world is swept away. It does not endure. The world offers no shelter. There is no one in charge. The world ...
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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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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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Teachings on truthfulness

In MN 61 the Buddha teaches his young son the importance of being truthful.  This is an amazing sutta! So wise, and yet so elegant and straightforward, that even a seven-year-old can learn something ...
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Do all Dhamma teachings aim us at release?

I read the statement recently that all Dhamma teachings aim to produce disenchantment, for the purpose of release / unbinding. Any thoughts on this subject are welcome, but my question is: Which ...
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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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Looking for a quote by the Buddha

In what sutta did the Buddha say: "Don't let the moment pass you by"? Thanks.
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Where did the Buddha say: "What a person considers and reflects upon for a long time, to that his mind will bend and incline."?

As the Buddha says, "What a person considers and reflects upon for a long time, to that his mind will bend and incline." The above quote is from Nyanaponika Thera, found here at Access to ...

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