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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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Does the Buddhist text Alankarabuddhi still exist?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy today is the Vedanta school, which is based on the philosophical portions of the Vedas. But in the time when Buddhism ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

In the Wikipedia article Buddhist Logic, it is mentioned that Buddhist Logic is different from classical western logic. ‘Indian Logic’ should be understood as being a different system of logic than ...
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Buddhist Verse Closest To Christian/Jewish Verse

What verse that has actually meaning and carries value is similar in both Buddhism and Christianity? This may be closed as to broad but I think it holds value to have a verse that crosses between ...
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Where do I start?

I'm 22 years old and have been interested in Buddhism for a long time and consider myself Buddhist. I meditate 2 or 3 times a week and have read a few books on Buddhism. I am more interested in ...
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What Is the significance of 'Sal Tree' in Buddhism?

'Sal Tree' is revered by most people in sri lanka and most temple in the country grown it. Is this tree mentioned in the buddhist tradition?
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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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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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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: “Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water”?

In the question "A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk", Bhante gave an answer containing a Zen quote. The quote is; "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry ...
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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

Is there a holy book for buddhists as the Bible is for Jews and Christians and Quran for Muslims? Is that the Tipitaka? A book where you can find all the teachings of Buddhism, and how to behave, ...
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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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Are the Buddhist sutras 100% verified if applied in life?

I remember my teacher mentioned this in class : "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do ...
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Where can I learn more about 孔明點將?

A relative of mine did some kind of praying ritual in front of a Buddha where she had a canister of 100 or so sticks, and on each stick there is a Chinese number from 1 to 100. My relative started ...
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Did the Buddha make any reference to Krishna and Gita?

As Hinduism was a prominent religion of the Buddha's time (though not in today's unified form ), Buddha must have learnt about the Gita and krishna's philosophy. In fact, the Buddha's karma philosophy ...
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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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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

More specifically, I am refering to the Soka Gakkai movement of Nichiren Buddhism. In one excerpt from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, it, in essence, states that every time one says "nam-myoho ...
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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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Where to find multilingual and/or beautifully typeset Buddhist texts?

I recently stumbled upon a lovely collection of well-typeset Vietnamese Buddhist texts. It must have taken tremendous effort to typeset this bilingual Chinese-Vietnamese edition of the ...
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

I think we all have experienced with our own native languages how works written a while back can have different words for the same meaning or the other way round. Also that words get lost in ...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

Although it could well be that those words were not directly from Gautama himself, yet just in case, assuming Gautama probably wouldn't lie except for educational purposes, how can those rather ...
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Jhāna, seeing the welfare of self and other

I am looking for a sutta in which something is said--roughly: that unless one has suppressed the hindrances, one cannot see the welfare of self or other. Or that without jhāna one cannot see one's own ...
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What does Buddhism say about how to manage other people's anger?

What does Buddhism say about how to manage other people's anger? Does Buddhism suggest any specific attitude when we are facing angry people, especially when they are unable to control their anger and/...
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“Human Dignity” in Buddhism

Can we find a concept of "Dignity" or "Human Dignity" in Buddhism? My understanding is that in the Western World the concept of Human Dignity is used to justify that each of us deserves to be not only ...
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I would like to become Buddhist

I'm a mathematics student and I want to become a buddhist because I've heard that they don't believe in any god. How can I get in to buddhism? What kind of books do you recomend to read for starters?...
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Why did Dr. BR Ambedkar convert to buddhism?

Me text-book and dad(historian + buddhist) told me that the father of the indian constitution converted into buddhism towards the end of his life. Can anyone please tell me why he did so? Tnx for ...
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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Where can I find the law of karma and rebirth in Buddha's own words? Which scripture mentions it explicitly, as told by Buddha, and accepted by all sects of Buddhism?
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What is right gifting?

I came across this explanation by Buddha, from the Dana Mahapphala Sutta. THE BEST WAY TO GIVE. Or, instead of thinking, ‘When this gift of mine is given, it calms my mind. Satisfaction and joy ...
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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 did the Buddha say about reincarnation?

I want to know the original quotes by the Buddha and their sources.
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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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Male & Female - Is gender an illusion?

According to Buddhism & Science there is no gender to the mind but to the body.The difference between the male and female ideology is a difference between practicing two different ways of life. ...
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Karma of Birth?

I've heard even though two people do the same good Karma their returns can be different on what they were thinking. And when coming to effect these different Karmas can give different births ("...
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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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Does Buddhism accept Existence? [closed]

Does Buddhism accept Existence ? If it does what is Existence?
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Shouldn't we take Lord Buddha's word above the all others?

I have seen many answers to questions referring teachings of modern teacher in this SE. But as i have learned Lord Buddha's understanding is above any other,even above an arahant. Dhamma/Dharma ...
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Accurate translation of “Satipatthana Sutta”

I'm looking for an accurate translation of "Satipatthana Sutta". Could someone let me know what is the best available accurate translation? I don't want to be confused by just reading all available ...
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What are some good sources to know more about the Buddha and his teachings [closed]

When I was going through difficult face my life, I read little bit about the Buddha's thoughts and it really changed my life. When I started to think from his perspective, I explored a new way of ...
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Where can I find the Chinese Canon Agama in English translation?

Where can I find the Chinese Canon Agamas in English translation?
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What does venerable Sariputta mean by “dwelling withdrawn”?

In Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's Words", venerable Sariputta gives a discourse on "The Conditions for Wisdom", which contains eight causes and conditions for obtaining wisdom. He says, Having ...
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Gomchen Lam Rim Text Request

I've recently been following along on this video series on the Gomchen Lam Rim and would very much like to find a copy of the root text so I can follow along better and read ahead, but I can't seem to ...
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What is the 'key' to these tantrika works?

At the end of this article, First Principles of Buddha Dharma, in the 'Summing Up' section, it says, In the sense of Dharma being the 'teachings' of the Buddha, the teachings that explain the Path ...
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Text request--Tibetan Buddhism

I am looking for some legal, online Tibetan Buddhist texts. I have been studying Buddhism for a long time (although mostly Theravada) and so I am not looking for something at the beginner level. ...
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What does the word “world” mean in the Buddhist context?

The Hemawatha Sutta Is a (very old)? sutta in "Sutha Nipatha" of KN, Just after the first sermon of "Dammachakka". 'Hemawata' (General of yakka's ) is also a listener of that. He ...
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“Marks of Existence” and “Gates To Enlightenment”, are they Same?

Three gates and Four marks are shown using these tearms -Impermanence, Suffering, Non-self, Voidness, Nirvana,Shunyata (Emptiness). Some questions discuss them separatly. But some conflicts can ...
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What is the difference between Suttas and Sutras?

Reading this question and its accepted answer prompted me to ask the following question: Is there a difference between Suttas and Sutras? and, if so, what is the difference? Thank 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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When were the earliest Buddhist writings created

Buddha was born (according to Wikipedia) somewhere around 563 BCE to 480 BCE, and lived 80 years. From what I have understood, no teachings that made it to this day, have been written down when he ...
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Textual reference vs. Direct insight [closed]

Somewhat loaded question... According to Buddha, what is more reliable -- textual reference or one's own direct insight that came from experience? If one's own insight is in conflict with a text, ...
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Is it possible to abandon desire by means of desire [duplicate]

Regarding previous Question Desire without attachment. If desire without the attachment still lead to suffering then how abandon desire without desire? As shown by Unnabha the Brahman it's an endless ...
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Why does the Buddha always answer a question if asked three times?

I've read in many places in the Pali canon that the Buddha will answer a question if asked three times even if the Buddha is extremely reluctant to give the answer. For instance in the Talaputa Sutta ...