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Academic scholarship in Buddhism is useful for understanding the history and origin of scriptures, doctrines, schools or traditions, linguistic styles etc. For e.g for dating of scriptures, I would always trust academic scholarship over tradition. However, academic scholarship is not useful for understanding Nirvana and the enlightenment of the Buddha. There ...


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"I received a phone call from someone who was doing a thesis on using Buddhist teachings and practices in the workplace. He wanted to ask me some questions as part of his thesis. One of the things that bothered me about his questions was that he would ask first about Buddhist teachings and then about Buddhist practices, as if they were two different ...


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Scholarship is far more accurate than anything you will encounter, even from accredited teachers, and certainly on-line. Peer review, my friend. But it will not substitute for a teacher, and you may well end up putting the entirely wrong emphasis on things without one. However. hostility to academia (like anti tax sentiment) in Buddhism - which is ingrained ...


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TL;DR: the Mahayana sutras like Heart Sutra, Lotus Sutra are not part of the Tripitaka. For the Theravada school, the main scripture is the Pali Canon or the Tipitaka, in the Pali language. Tipitaka or Tripitaka means the three baskets. The three are the Sutta Pitaka which is the basket on the teachings of the Buddha and his disciples, the Vinaya Pitaka ...


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According to Wikipedia's Tripiṭaka article, Tripiṭaka has become a term used for many schools' collections, although their general divisions do not match a strict division into three piṭakas. The "three baskets" to not correspond to the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma which is I think what the question is suggesting. At least in the ...


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The Tripitaka is one and it is divided in three collections of texts (pitaka) and the first one contains the sutras (sutra pitaka). The heart sutra and the lotus sutra are not in the Tripitaka though, they are part of the prajnaparamita sutras that is a different collection of sutras, studied in Mahāyāna Buddhism.


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