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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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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Different realms,Different beings,Different times - How do they understand what we are saying?

I have seen how some Sutras / Suttas start with an open invitation to many beings to come and hear the words of the Lord. Now this makes sense as it was a teaching given by Lord Buddha to his ...
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What is the process that creates “Saṅkhāra”

Is it right if i say the origin of Saṅkhāra is not by a natural process of the mind but it is a byproduct of Avidyā which dominates the non-arahant mind?
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Are dreams good or bad?

I normally do not dream and if i dream those are very long and mixed when it comes to content (Both calming and provoking). So what is the Buddhist point of view on dreams.
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Does Buddhism accept Existence? [closed]

Does Buddhism accept Existence ? If it does what is Existence?
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Are there any unique or special versions of meththa meditation?

I have heard Lord Buddha has taught a special version of meththa for certain kind of creatures. Can someone point reference to such a teaching in suttas?
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What are the results of doing meththa meditation?

What are the results of doing meththa meditation? can someone point out some reference from "suttas" (A translation of a sutta)?
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Heart Sūtra root in Pali Canon?

It's hard not to think of the Heart Sūtra when reading the Kassaka Sutta (Saŋyutta Nikāya 4:19), part of which runs as below (Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation, emphasis added). Is there any ...
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What are “Good / Correct things” to a Buddhist to do?

We know there are good and bad things in the world,now that is general knowledge.But our version of right and worlds version of it seems to go against each other, So my question is what are the ...
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What makes Lord Buddha worthy of worshiping as to suttas?

I know Lord Buddha is worthy of every respect but what is the correct answer/what has the Lord Buddha himself has said? What makes a lord Buddha worthy of worship as to lord Buddha are there any ...
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Lord Buddha's First teaching and its meaning?

Can anybody provide a full translation of Lord Buddha's First teaching. I am referring to a Sutta called "Dhamma chakka pawaththana".
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Does Paritta/Sutta really have magical power?

Many people believed certain Paritta/Sutta have certain magical power, for example Bojjhanga Sutta for curing illness and Om Mani Padme Hum having a great (even greatest) magical power among other ...
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Does sutta recitation actually entail understanding of the text?

I'm particularly interested in Chinese morning and evening service Tibetan sadhanas that a monk recites every day Theravada Pali suttas and chants Are these read in modern times by and to an ...
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What's the canonical definition of end of the buddha sāsana?

I was under the impression that the end of buddha sāsana occurs when noble eight-fold path(and the dhamma practitioners) disappear form all the realms including Śuddhāvāsa where only anāgāmins live. ...
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Step siblings and relationships

Lord Buddha once said "The future humans will have unusual lusts and temptations" So when i saw a this in a TV series i couldn't define the line, If two step siblings form a romantic relationship ...
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Killing a parent and killing a foster parent

We all know what happens if someone kill a parent but does the same apply to killing a foster parent
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Question on a Mahayana Sutra (Three Svabhavas)

First time trying this. Much Metta to all beings here. I've been studying and meditating on a Mahayana based sutra for months, which is quite detailed in philosophy. I don't seem to understand the ...
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Suchiloma Sutta translation

I am looking for a translation of the Suchiloma Sutta other than the one I have found through searching on Google or some insight into the Pali. In the story, the Demon Suchiloma wants to test the ...
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Is there anything one can do to save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma?

I generally had the understanding that there is no way one can save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma. At most, we can send Metta to the deceased which may comfort them wherever they ...
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What does the phrase “to armor oneself with vows” mean?

This seems to be a common trope-- samnaha. I honestly have no idea what they mean, it strikes me as a "it's raining cats and dogs" sort of idiom. Is there an explanation for what it means? Examples: ...
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Where can I find an English translation of the Buddhavatamasaka Sutra?

I just finished re-watching this lecture by Jan Nattier, an academic expert in Mahayhana Buddhism. She mentioned that the 10 Bhumis in the 26th chapter of the Avatamsaka had a predecessor called the ...
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Desire without attachment

The MahaNidana Sutta says “Ānanda, if one is asked: ‘Is clinging due to a specific condition?’ one should say: ‘It is.’ If one is asked: ‘Through what condition is there clinging?’ one should say: ...
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What are the core Mahayana and Vajrayana Sutras?

When starting a more in-depth study of the Dharma from a Mahayana and Vajrayana perspective, what are the core (3 most recommended) Sutras (or texts), and the reasons why they are considered important,...
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How to “attend to the perception of light”?

In AN 7.58, the Buddha instructed Maha Moggallana on what do to about his nodding: "But if by doing this you don't shake off your drowsiness, then attend to the perception of light, resolve on the ...
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What are the teachings in Buddhism for good social Social Health?

Lord Buddha preached about the importance of physical, social, mental and spiritual health. Lord Buddha has taught about the characteristics of the four Good friends and the four evil friends. Apart ...
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What is/was the role of agamas in Chinese and Japanese history?

Recently I read/heard someone saying that the agamas are/were dismissed and downplayed in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism throughout history. I understand that Mahayana texts received much attention in ...
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How are Buddhist Sacred Texts used in practice and historically, given the questioned authenticity of some of them

I'm curious on how Buddhist Sacred Texts are used in teachings and in practice. The Buddha often says not to solely follow transmitted tradition, instead Buddhists are "exhorted to know for ...
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Which sutta is it in which Sariputta asks his disciples .. friend if someone asks, is the world eternal

I remember reading once, disciples of Sariputta were going out into the world and he ask them the question: "Friend what if someone ask you is the world eternal or is not eternal". Then his passed his ...
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Why is the first lines of the Dhammapada twin verses sometimes translated using the word 'heart'?

In most of the translations of the Dhammapada I have read the first lines of the Twin Verses (first chapter) are rendered using the words mind or thoughts. For instance this translation by ...
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Was the Buddha harsh?

"And to whom, worthless man, do you understand me to have taught the Dhamma like that? Haven't I, in many ways, said of dependently co-arisen consciousness, 'Apart from a requisite condition, there is ...
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Role of the Buddhist in preserving the original teachings

This is a very common dilemma. If you go look for some Buddhist books here in the west (I guess the same thing happens in the east) you will easily find books written by monks and general authors, it ...
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Identification of a Buddhist text written in classical Chinese or Japanese

While looking for an answer to this question I found a text that contains the quote in question, but I cannot find any information about it. Is it written in classical Chinese or classical Japanese? (...
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MN26: “not even has Alaro Kalamo…” or “not only Alaro Kalamo has …” or “Alaro Kalamo has not only…”?

I have a problem with that -in my feeling- contradictory translations of a remark in MN26. While K.E.Neumann uses an expression like "(...) not even Alaro Kalamo has (...), but I have (...) " Kay ...
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Dharma-ending age in suttas and solution?

What are signs of the dharma-ending age according to the sutras and is there a solution?
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Sutta pitaka in plain English [duplicate]

Where can I find sutta pitaka translations in plain English preferably from an author that has practised meditation. If the English is relevant to today's problems and sufferings, even better. Word to ...
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What are the texts that contain words which can be attributed directly to the Buddha?

If I understand correctly, the Buddha never wrote anything but some Buddhist texts quote him by describing meetings or situations where he was present. Is there a comprehensive list of all scripts ...
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What advice did the Buddha give to corrupt officials?

I'm wondering if there were any such occasions, and what suttas/sutras this is recorded in. Also if the Buddha gave advice to otherwise evil people besides Angulimala or Devadatta, or possible ...
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What are the elements (Mahābhūta) references in the Sarvastivada Satipaṭṭhāna?

According to Satipatthana Mula (By Sujato Bhikkhu edited by Piya Tan) Dharmaskandha references 6 elements that the traditional 4 elements in Theravada. They are not explicitly mentioned in the text. ...

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