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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Suttas where Buddha taught laypeople after heaven they will be reborn in hell?

In AN 4.123, it is reported the Buddha taught monks if a person clings to the heaven of jhana they will end up in hell, as follows: Monks, there are these four types of individuals to be found ...
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Why do secular Buddhists not commit suicide? [duplicate]

In Thailand, there was a very famous monk who was chosen to represent Thailand in 1954 at the 6th Buddhist council in Burma who did not believe in rebirth (and who many Thai puthujjana considered to ...
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Can Nibbana be experienced by believers in 'rebirth-reincarnation'?

SN 22.59 states experiencing Nibbana requires the dispassion (viraga) that occurs from completely realising the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness & not-self of every type of consciousness & the ...
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The Vanishing of Greed, Hatred, and Delusion ~ Nyanatiloka

At the beginning of his talk, The Vanishing of Greed, Hatred, and Delusion, Ajahn Viradhammo reads verses about Nibbana from a translation by Nyanatiloka of a fragment of the Pali Canon, from the ...
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Sources on the Consequences of insulting

I recently encounted a situation where some comic fans in my country gathered up and had a Comic Con and it was worth their effort on making their own costumes. They have spend a lot of their time and ...
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Does viewing consciousness as “real thing” bring suffering?

I read the following on the internet: No consciousness as "real thing". The cessation of ignorance means that the illusory nature of all "real things" is realized. Yet when the Pali suttas ...
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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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Is causation (hetu) in SN 22.82 different to conditions (paccaya) in Dependent Origination?

SN 22.82 and MN 109 state: The four great elements, bhikkhu, are the cause (hetu) and condition (paccayo) for the manifestation (paññāpanāya) of the form (rupa) aggregate. Contact is the cause ...
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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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What is the meaning of 'two truths' in the Manorathapūraṇī?

In the Manorathapūraṇī (a later-day commentary), it is written: duve saccāni akkhāsi sambuddho vadataṃ varo sammutiṃ paramatthañca tatiyaṃ nupalabbhati The Awakened One, best of speakers, ...
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What does “break-up of the body after death” mean in the suttas?

The Pali suttas, particularly in teachings about kamma, has the phrase: "at the break-up of the body after death". Are there contexts other than kamma where this phrase is used? What does "break-...
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Was Anuruddha, one of the ten Great Disciples of the Buddha, born in Sri Lanka?

When I was searching for the translated name from Chinese 阿那律 to Sanskrit while attempting a comment on one post, I entered 阿那律 or Anuruddha to Google it came up with the list and the usual short ...
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Why did Yamaka have wrong view in SN 22.85?

In Yamaka Sutta, this was wrong view: As I understand the Teaching explained by the Blessed One, a monk with no more (mental) effluents, on the break-up of the body, is annihilated, perishes &...
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Is belief in the end of experience wrong view according to the Buddha?

I read on the internet the following opinion: ... the view that death marks the end of experiencing, that death is the end of experience... this, according to the Buddha, is wrong view. However, ...
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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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Why does MN 117 refer to a dirty defiled (กิเลส) right view of bondage?

MN 117 states: And what, bhikkhus, is right view that is affected by the taints, partaking of merit, ripening in the acquisitions? ‘There is what is given and what is offered and what is ...
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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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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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Is the following quote in conventional lanaguge?

DN 1 states the view of nihilist wanderers, as follows: Herein, bhikkhus, a certain recluse or a brahmin asserts the following doctrine and view: ‘The self, good sir, has material form; it is ...
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In which suttas did Lord Buddha teach nihilism is better than eternalism?

I read the Lord Buddha taught nihilism is better than eternalism. In which Pali suttas is this teaching found? Please provide quote the relevant suttas. Please do not give personal opinions.
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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 does the word 'nimitta' ('sign') refer to in SN 47.8?

SN 47.8 (Pali here) is translated as such: Bhikkhus, suppose a foolish, incompetent, unskilful cook were to present a king or a royal minister with various kinds of curries: sour, bitter, pungent,...
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Sutta Reference of Buddhism Not being a Philosophy

I am looking for the proper Suttra/Dhammapada in which the Buddha states the following. My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience... My teaching is a means of ...
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What is 'letting go' and 'detachment' actually?

My experience of letting go and detaching I know that meditating on letting go and detachment is a fruitful activity. I experience physical discharge when I see I am holding on to something, that isn'...
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Quicksands Simile?

I am looking for that very specific sutta in the Pâli Canons wherein it is made plain that such a one not having himself attained to liberation, is not qualified to liberate other. The simile, I think,...
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Buddhist References about Space and Time

What are the Buddhist references which deal with: space and time Primary sources from the Tripitaka or secondary and tertiary sources with proper citations are also welcome.
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Buddha's Power of Seeing Other Beings Mind

What is the proper Pali word for Buddha's power of seeing other beings mind? I think it starts with Paricitta or something. I want the proper Pali term. Also, can I have any sutta references to it as ...
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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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Does Pa Auk Has A Plan To Translate Tipitaka Pali To English?

I have known about the other translation's versions. However, I need to know the possibility of translation project especially from Pa Auk. I also want to know, if it is possible to know, the reason ...
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How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learning method for over 2600 years? [duplicate]

How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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Pali Scriptures & Folklore

What is she difference between the Pali Suttas and folklore or the Indian folklore at the time? Is it possible some suttas include folklore as well as authentic words of the Buddha?
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Different Reasons of Dhamma's Decline

In many suttas the Buddha stated different reasons for the decline of the Dhamma. Why and how it happens. The different causes. Can I have the references of those suttas? -Metta
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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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Why is 'attention' ('manasikara') included within 'nama-rupa'?

In respect to Dependent Origination, the Pali suttas state: Vedanā, saññā, cetanā, phasso, manasikāro - idaṃ vuccatāvuso nāmaṃ. Cattāri ca mahābhūtāni catunnañca mahābhūtānaṃ upādāya rūpaṃ. Idaṃ ...
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In what timeframe was Jataka tales added to Kuddaka Nikaya?

I am trying to see whether the presence of certain characters and stories in the Jataka tales can be taken as a proof for them (stories and characters) being known in that form in the time of the ...
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Sutta References on Future Monks

I have heard that the Buddha has told that in the future the monks will have a wife and kids, will wear no cloths except for a puuna nula and he would be engaging in hunting and etc. Where can I find ...
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Sutta Question - Three Ways of Making Merit

In AN 8.36: Ways of Meritorious Action, the Buddha speaks about different ways of making merit. He teaches that one can make merit by Giving, by practicing Virtue (Morality) and by developing ...
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Did the Buddha ever delve on the dangers of one's own spirtual achievements feeding the ego?

This question came up when I really thought back on both my and many others' spiritual journey. In the New Age community, especially, the sense of viewing things as illusions and making progress in ...
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Which aggregate (khandha) is or generates 'suffering'?

When the mind or person experiences 'suffering' ('dukkha'), which 'aggregate' ('khandha') is producing this suffering or which aggregate does this suffering fall into?
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Are feelings (vedana) always caused by ignorance?

The Pali suttas often refer to feelings or 'vedana', as follows: There are these three kinds of feeling: a pleasant feeling, a painful feeling and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. MN 74 ...
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Can a person without any of the five physical senses attain arhatship?

I have read a person without senses cannot attain arhatship or even go through the noble eight fold path. But the story of Chakkupala thero confuses me somewhat
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How to become a better decision maker?

What are some Buddhist practices which would make someone a better decision maker? Does Sila improve the right view thus enabling better decisions, thoughts?
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Is rebirth a conventional truth within the Buddha's message?

There is a lot on this site (and elsewhere) on the validity of rebirth, whether it is necessary to understand the Buddha's message, or to reach enlightenment etc. My question is slightly different ...
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What are the alternative titles of Thayodhamma Sutta, it's reference number, subsections where it appear in?

I am looking Thayodhamma Sutta but could not find it based on the following searchers: accesstoinsight.org search on Google, suttacentral.net search on Google. But references do turn up in a general ...
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asubha practice

why is it mentioned in the pali canon that Without the direct guidance of a teacher, this practice can be dangerous, as the canon of Buddhist literature includes a story of the Buddha teaching this ...
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Sutta in which Buddha says that he/anyone don't have to take another person words?

As in Title, I'm searching for a sutta in which I recall that probably some person started to offend a Buddha, and he responded by giving some analogy, probably to offered food, that one doesn't have ...
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Which suttas in the Pali canon are relatively early or late?

Do people (monks and/or scholars) have a sense of how old (or relatively old) each sutta is in the Pali canon: i.e. which suttas are considered "earlier" or "later"? If not for individual suttas, how ...
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Misinterpretation of a Pali phrase - Rupan Jirathi

Yesterday I saw in a funeral banner the following statement. Rupam Jirati Machanam, Nama Gottam Najirathi It means the body decays but the Name and the Tribe does not. But I have concerns on this....
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Did the Buddha speak the Mahanidana Sutta in the Digha Nikaya?

In the Pali suttas, there are scores of suttas about Dependent Origination which take the classic form of the 12 links, the benchmark being SN 12.2. In the Digha Nikaya, there is the Maha-Nidana ...
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Is there are difference between 'self' & 'soul' in Buddhism?

A core teaching of Buddhism is 'anatta' or 'not-self'. Does the word 'atta' refer to both 'self' & 'soul' or can these two ideas (self & soul) be different in Buddhism to give them different ...

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