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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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 ...
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Conflict between Brahmajala Sutta and current Buddhist practices

I'm very confused about this sutta ( http://suttacentral.net/en/dn1) specially in the part "Mahāsīla" Many of what the Buddha stated as wrong livelihood is very common in some Buddhist centres these ...
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What is meant by this description of a type of person in the suttas?

There seems to be this reoccurring phrase to describe a specific type of person in the suttas. For example in MN 45 "And what is the taking on of a practice that is painful in the present and ...
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Is there a contradiction in the translation of the Bhūmija Sutta?

The Bhūmija Sutta in the Nidanasamyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya appears to be a very important sutta for the Sri Lankan Mahavihara & Buddhaghoṣa school that came to dominate south east Asian ...
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Three types of characteristics to achieve a goal

I have heard in a lot of sermons about how an individual achieve a goal. Even Buddha had the same type of characteristics. As far as I know they are Determination Consistency Desire to see and end of ...
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Why should I study the Suttas?

If the Buddha said that we shouldn't take his teachings as dogma, but rather try to experience for ourselves what realization is--why should we study the scriptures?
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Can anyone identify which suttas these quotes (having to do with the sense of self) come from?

This document contains instructions for ridding the sense of a personal self. I was wondering which suttas (or other texts) the quotes at the end come from: “By rightly understanding ‘I am,’ one ...
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Is there any authenticity to the book 'The Deathbed Sutra of the Buddha: Or Siddhartha's Regrets'?

I found this book in a local bookstore and went online to research it. I could not find much reference to it. The author, George C. Adams Jr., purports to have been given a lost sutra of the Buddha, ...
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Which are considered to be the oldest suttas?

Though I've seen dating of mahayana suttas here and there in passing with some analysis, I understand the pali canon has suttas of many ages. For example, one collection I've often heard to contain ...
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Two-arrows paradigm (Sallatha Sutta) — in the Mahayana?

The Sallatha Sutta (SN 36.6) in the Pali Canon is well-known in the Theravada and MBI (mindfulness-based-intervention -- MBSR, MBCT, etc) worlds for the two-arrows paradigm. The first arrow is a ...
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How are the importance of sutras determined?

I assume that there variations of sects within buddhism that deem certain sutras as more "correct" or being closer to the buddha's teaching. I personally see the Lotus sutra as the "true teaching", ...
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Two unconditioned dhammas?

In A history of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana, Professor Hirakawa states: Both nirvana and space were considered to be unconditioned dharmas. This fundamental classification of ...
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How to make sense of the Heart Sutra

I am very interested in the concept of emptiness and freeing myself of all attachments. Naturally I gravitated towards the heart sutra, the chant in particular is very moving. However I am completely ...
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Reference request: three types of actions

I'm looking for a sutta in which the Buddha is recalling past lives, including, I believe, lives as the great Brahma, and asks himself on account of what actions he ascended to a position of such ...
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Sutta with firefly simile

What is the sutta that uses the following metaphor? Firefly(Samsaric being) jumps into candlelight seeking a pleasure(Tanha), not knowing(Avijja) that the candlelight will burn the firefly to ...
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Brahmas and Devas?

Are Brahmas and Devas the same thing in different levels or are they two entirely different beings. I am asking this because if see the first teaching of Lord Buddha (Dhamma chakka pawaththana) there ...
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Reference request: Can a king rule justly without killing?

I recall reading a sutta in which the Buddha rises from meditation and says that while he was meditating, it occurred to him: Is it possible for a king to rule righteously without killing? If anyone ...
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In which language or languages were most of the sutras compiled?

In general, which language or languages were the sutras compiled and was this the same language tha Shakyamuni spoke?
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What do you think would be a good way to explain death to a child, from a Buddhist perspective?

When a young child hears that someone died, it's natural for him to wonder whether he'll die too, or whether those who are most dear to him too die quite unexpectedly. So what kind of a response ...
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All kammas have to be experienced or not?

It's said that some kammas are not to be experienced, some kammas have to be experienced. Not all kammas have to be experienced. For example Angulimala story, the bad vipaka of killing many people ...
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The Nine Devices

I was reading The Lotus Sutra the other day and I came across Shakyamuni referring to "nine devices" as a way of teaching and leading people towardsed "the great vehicle", but upon looking the term, "...
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Can you point me some Sutras on Buddhist Cosmology?

Can someone point me some good sutras for Buddhist Cosmology. I'm interested in the Theravada school's teaching on this.
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Buddhist point of view in the research process

I'm looking for some texts where the Buddha explains the nature of mind in relation with the process of learning/researching. I was reading a quote by a famous mathematician known to be very ...
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Can someone point me the Sutra that explains the fall of Human civilization?

There is a sutra about the downfall of our civilization. It explains how some people flee the urban life and live in far away places while others go into a Killing spree/ War. It also features how the ...
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Sallatha Sutta and modern psychology

The Sallatha Sutta, famous for the idea of two arrows, has the following passages that are less often discussed. I am particularly interested in interpretations of the highlighted words and how they ...
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What is the Sutra where The Buddha says that he has taught only a fraction of what he knew [duplicate]

I read somewhere (don't remember where) that the Buddha mentioned, that he has taught only a fraction of what he could discern with his eye of wisdom (about existence). Does anyone know which Sutra ...
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Reducing the power of a bad karma

As we all agree none of us have a white past, we've all have done some bad thing in our past before coming to the path and in previous lives. So how should we use the good karma we generate today to ...
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Miscarriages & Natural abortions as a result of evil beings?

There is a belief in my country that Miscarriages & Natural abortions can happen as a result of evil beings taking revenge from someone. I recently heard a story from a teacher of mine that some ...
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What is the meaning of “gross or subtle” physical food as nutriments?

In the Sammaditthi Sutta it describes the 4 nutriments, and the first one - physical food as nutriment - is said to be "gross or subtle". What is the meaning of these terms? I read that the term for ...
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What is the intermediate state before birth (Gandhabba)?

What is the intermediate state before birth ("Gandhabba"), mentioned in some Buddhist traditions? I have only heard the word so I can't explain the question any further. I would like a detailed ...
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Detachment : What are we really parting from?

I was thinking about detachment today and this thought occurred in my mind... We like what we see,hear,touch,smell,taste & think. This liking turns into attachment over time and this is the ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

What are the actual suttas in which the Buddha described how to meditate? A list of all such suttas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Is it ok for lay meditators to have counsellors/therapists/psychologists

It's pretty evident that meditation itself helps you deal with your problems and inner issues, but is it okay for a lay meditator to pay a psychologist/therapist to talk about his or her feelings. ...
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Loneliness: Rhinoceros-Horn Sutta from a Lay person's perspective

How can a lay person benefit from this beautiful sutta? It is about being reclusive as a key for good insight and enlightenment. Does this sutta apply for short period of loneliness like Retreats? Or ...
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Where in the Tripitaka completion of the formation of Karmic result is mentioned?

For Karma to be complete a certain set of conditions need to be present. What are the Suttas / Abhi Dhamma in this these sets of conditions presented in? Do Suttas / Abhi Dhamma mention what happens ...
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Has lord Buddha ever told something like this?

Once lord Buddha pointed at a glistening star and asked a monk, "Do you believe that star still exists where we can see it?" The monk answered yes. Then lord Buddha said, "You are wrong....
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Beings who are not aware of their own existence?

In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? If you ...
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Were different parts of the Pali Canon intended for different audiences?

I read somewhere that the Middle Length and Long Discourses in the Pali Canon were intended for different audiences. I think it was that the Long Discourses were intended to convert people to Buddhism ...
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Why do beings, even in lower/hell realms, like their lives?

As to Lord Buddha beings suffer because they were born: Jaathi pachchaya jara marana soka paridewa dukka domanassa upayasa sambhawanthi From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, ...
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What is Buddhism “for” (in favor of)?

Aside from ending suffering, encouraging compassionate action and leading one to nirvanna, is there anything that Buddhism promotes, or says is good? The reason that I ask is because in another ...
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Death vs Birth - Birth & Death of what?

Death - What dies with death? Birth - What is born with birth? Can you provide any Sutta / Sutra references.

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