Questions tagged [sutras]

A type of literary composition in of varying length. In Buddhism this mostly refers to canonical texts. Sutras is a Sanskrit term however the Pali term sutta is often used by certain traditions. The two terms are equivalent.

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Sleep - What about it?

What are the proper relax / Sleep practices for a practitioner of meditation methods? As to Buddhist point of view what is sleep and how to cope with it?
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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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References, Suttas, on the effects of rejecting (gifts)

Just wonder if there are explicitly teachings on cause and effect of rejecting gifts. What might be the effect of rejecting a pure gift? Maybe one or another Sutta may come to your mind and maybe you ...
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Arbitrary conception?

What does the Buddha mean by arbitrary conception in the Diamond Sutra? Then the lord Buddha made his meaning even more emphatic by saying: "Subhuti, when people begin their practice of seeking ...
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Why isn't the S(h)urangama sutra more popular?

I've read that this sutra is one of the most direct routes to enlightenment and one of the most important, yet because future generations cannot handle this sutra, its disappearance was foretold. ...
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A person of integrity (Sappurisa Sutta)

In the Anguttara Nikaya 4.73, the Buddha said that a "person of integrity" possesses these four qualities: when asked, does not reveal the other person's bad points and when pressed, speaks of the ...
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Are teaching on gratitude and “duty” nessesary?

Supreme Buddha once mentioned… “These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.” — AN ...
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The Middle Way in practical life

Are there any sutras or parables where Buddha applies the middle way, not to the self or to abstract metaphysical principles, but to concrete conflicts in practical life?
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What is the sutta in which the Buddha described focusing the mind as similar to whittling?

I believe there is a sutta in which the Buddha uses an example of whittling or carving a piece of wood to describe the process of refocusing your mind in meditation. What is this sutta?
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When were Buddhist suttas written?

When were Buddhist suttas written? Does anybody know any source with a compiled list of suttas and their approximate date of writing?
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Monks who are not worthy and worthy

I have seen certain suttas where the Buddha explains about the qualities of monks who are and who are not worthy of gifts, salutation and etc. Where can I find the Suttas? References are appreciated.
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What is the phantom in the conclusion of the Diamond Sutra?

This is the version I am referring to: Thus shall ye think of this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightning in a summer cloud; A flickering lamp, a phantom, ...
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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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Cause and End of Suffering vs the Four Noble truths

I have heard that the Buddha once stated that he only teaches the cause of suffering and the end of suffering. Can I have a Sutta reference for this? What happened to the other two of the four noble ...
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Resources for Sutta study/discussion for beginners

What texts would you recommend for sutta discussion sessions, where a majority of the participants will be new to discussing suttas? with metta
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Karma and the creation of the earth

I believe I've heard that the earth, after periodical destruction, comes into being because because beings with unexpiated karma exist - some of them will need to be born as humans, some as animals. ...
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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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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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When the Buddha changes his mind to teach

I remember reading a sutta (possibly in Majjhima or Samyutta) where a passage has the Buddha talking about his teaching attitude towards certain people when talking to them. Then, he says something to ...
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Quantified Self and Meditation

I've looked around here for things related to this but keep coming up dry... As is fairly common these days, I've been tracking/logging a lot of different things over the past several years such as ...
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How should a lay person respond if they see a monk teaching something contrary to Dhamma?

Let's say if a lay person sees fault of a monk (something against the monastic code, or against the Dhamma). Should the lay person just stay silent (thinking it would create bad karma), or should they ...
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Dejection and Sensuality

I am looking for a very specific sutta in the Pali Canon wherein it is explained how the uninstructed worldling, upon feeling dejected, will turn to sensual pleasures to assuage his craving for ...
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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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15 Un-written BrahmaLokas in Dhammacakkapavattana sutta

I was wondering about Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. All i know is that when buddha turned the dhamma wheel for the first time, all of the residents of Devalokas and The Rupa-Brahmalokas came and claps ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

I have heard, therefore I am yet to discover in Tipitaka, that to achieve certain stream winner stages, one needs to fulfill paramithä. Could you please give me the names of some sutta which I can ...
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Buddhist teachings on nation building & politics

From what I have read, Buddhism seems provide a practical path to follow in everyday life for a commoner to lead a life with lesser Dukkha and a rigorous path aimed at Monks seeking nirvana. But do ...
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Ābhassara Brahma World for anyone?

According to Buddhism someone who reach a higher level of Meditation (Samadhi) would be born in the Brahma realm. These beings are not sexually attracted to female gender (They don't have a female ...
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Where in the Vimalakīrti Sutra is this stated?

I was reading some of the writings of Nichiren Daishōnin, and I came across this part where he says that it states in the Vimalakīrti Sutra that, "if the minds of living beings are impure, their land ...
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Tripitaka Section Numbering

Does anyone have a comprehensive side by side reference to Suttas numbering from different edition (PTS, VRI, etc.) of the Tripitaka? I have trouble with reconciliation of certain references to the ...
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Websites with the Chinese canon translated into English? [duplicate]

Are there any websites that have an English translation of the Chinese Buddhist canon, similar to what is available for the Pali canon at accesstoinsight.org and suttacentral.net? Grateful for help ...
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Different transmissions for reciting various versions of a same mantra acc. to any of Vajrayana branches

Tashi delek! My question concerns the mantra reciting in Vajrayana tradition, where some Buddhist deities (not to be confused with the mundane ones) may have several versions of a same mantra. That ...
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Sutra reading stage

Is there a stage in practice when the practitioner is drawn to read the sutras? My problem is that I'm at a point where I'm confused w.r.t. what should I do. Performing actions seems pointless, there ...
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How can I as a layperson approach the discourses given to monks?

Most discourses that I've read have been given to monks or nuns (and not laypeople), so I'm wondering what the practical application is of these many discourses for a layperson like myself. Are the ...
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Ways of Controlling Anger

What are some techniques that the Lord Buddha have stated to control anger? I can recall a few (listed below) but I not really sure if they are exactly correct. changing the object of your attention ...
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“The Blessed One”, is it bad translation?

I found "The Blessed One" in English translation of Suttas. Because in Buddhism blessing is not legit/proper word to use to anyone, especially Buddha need not to be blessed, is it loosely translated ...
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Sutta/Sutra guideline for choosing actions in ethical dilemmas

I am searching for a sutta which gives a general guideline which helps in making ethical decisions. There are many suttas which give a skillful action for a specific scenario but I am looking for a ...
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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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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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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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How important is the surangama sutra in cotemporary buddhism?

How important is the surangama sutra in contemporary Mahayana Buddhism? As far as I know there's never been any "school" which based itself on its interpretations, unlike the Mahaparinirvana, hua-yen,...
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Happiness for laypeople

I'm right now working on an application for increasing happiness in everyday life, inspired by practical teachings in Buddhism about happiness for laypeople. My question is: What did the Buddha say ...
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In which Sutta, Buddha wore cloth of dead body?

It is difficult for me to find the reference about Gautama Buddha wore robe made from cloth which was wrapped to a death body. Which part of Sutta do I have to reference? Can we calculate how long ...
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Sutta Reference

In the book "Be An Island" by Ayya Khema, the following section can be found in a chapter discussing the benefits of solitude: "... Once the Buddha went to a village where nobody had any faith in ...
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Thousand fold world system

In the Kosala Sutta (AN 10.29) it quotes the following: "As far, bhikkhus, as this thousandfold world system extends, Mahābrahmā there ranks as the foremost." So basically as far as the sun and ...
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sutta reference: forbidding to call the Buddha by name

I've heard that there are suttas where the Buddha forbade people to call him by his given name. Which suttas are these?
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Three types of Raaga

In the Cakkavatti Sihanaada Sutra it is mentioned about three types of raaga or unwholesome acts that people did at the lifespan of 500 years. It is named Adharma Raaga Visama Lobha Michcha Dharma ...
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Past Buddha's : Sources

I came along with this (http://www.aathaapi.net/dwncounter.php?number=29) detailed description of the Buddhas (during vag and mano pradani era of Gautama Bodhisattva) before the 28 Buddhas. 512000 ...
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Buddhas after Bhadra Kalpa

I have seen in certain books that there is gonna be a lot of buddha shunya kalpas after the bhadra kalpa. Also it has stated about names of 10 Buddhas after the Bhadra kalpa. Is there a sutra source ...
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Finding the source of a sutta

How do you find out the source of a sutta? For example, MN 109, SN 56.11 begin I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One How do we know who this author is? Is there general guidance on ...