You can share with them DN 16's Four Great Referrals:
“Here, monks, a monk might speak like this: ‘I have heard this directly from the Gracious One, friends, directly I learned it: “This is the Teaching, this is the Discipline, this is the Teacher’s Dispensation.”’ That monk’s speech, monks, is not to be rejoiced over, not to be scorned at. Without having ...
First a couple of comments...
It is to be expected that in a non-Buddhist country you wouldn't find as much authentic Buddhist literature as you would in Buddhist countries. In Thailand, for example, it is quite easy to obtain a full translation of the entire tipitaka... two different translations, actually.
Of course, the fact that the tipitaka is tens of ...
From Dogen's Shobogenzo:
Some hear of Anuttara-Samyak-Sam-Bodhi from "good friend", and some hear of it from the sutras. What one hears first is, "Not doing wrong action." If one does not hear “not doing wrong action,” one is not hearing the Buddhas' true Dharma but demonic talk. Know that hearing “not doing wrong action” is hearing the Buddhas' true ...
It's not like "buddhism" "depends" on a "law" - it's just that D.O. is the most fundamental observation about how things work.
It is an observation about how the world of representation develops, from complete nondifferentiation to having appearance of distinct sentient beings who are born, die, suffer, argue and fight with each other.
And it's basically ...
The self proclaimed Arahant, Daniel Ingram & his book "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha" is probably where the "hardcore" thing came from because the book covers supposedly "hardcore" and hard to find teachings like the "stages of insight" that are rarely covered in books. Dan seems very angry & ridiculous in certain rants in the book, I ...
I think you are mistaking servant for slave.
In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees
(i) by assigning them work according to their ability,
(ii) by supplying them with food and with wages,
(iii) by tending them in sickness,
(iv) by sharing with them any delicacies,
(v) by granting them leave.
In terms of general knowledge, it can be helpful to be familiar with the religions of the world on a basic level and there are many books which compare the world's religions in an easy format such as The Handy Religion Answer Book. Reading a book such as this gives an interesting glimpse into the vastness of the the world's religious traditions.
Atheism is not a religion. It's just a view that says there are no deities. Atheism is harmless & compatible with Buddhism when it just means there is no creator/almighty God who is responsible for our fates. But it becomes extremely dangerous and contradictory to Buddhism when it grows into nihilism & materialism.
On the other hand, Buddhism is a ...
In Vanijjā Sutta it is said a lay follower should not engage in 5 types of trades which include Trading in humans (satta vaṇijjā). Some forms of slavery is still persist today.
Trading in humans. Although slavery has been officially or effectively banned and ended in
almost every nation, various forms of slavery still exist. The most common kinds of ...
Ani Sutta - have desire to learn the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha and not anyone else
Anagata bhaya Sutta - teaching not practiced in earnest and procrastination
Sugata Vinaya Sutta - monks become unapproachable and have wrong understanding
Ovada Suttas - boastful about preaching ability, lack of faith, moral shame and fear, elders not setting a good ...
One should teach the dhamma for the sake of revulsion, of dispassion, of cessation, regarding:
The 6 sense-bases,
Decay of Formations,
(Nibbidā) Dhamma,kathika Sutta
The above included:
the 3 good truths (saddhamma);
the 12 links of dependent ...
There has been a debate among monks on the relationship to war that a Buddhist must have.
War and Peace: A Buddhist Perspective
By Bhikkhu Bodhi
Thanissaro Bhikkhu's rebukes of Bhikkhu Bodhi's advocacy for a Buddhist doctrine of Just War
I advise you to read it.
The two monks explicitly discuss what a Buddhist should have done during WWII, and the Buddha'...
It depends on the individual. I've heard several people say it would be too confusing or wasteful. The analogy offered in Advaita Hinduism is that it is far better to dig one deep well than several shallow wells.
In my personal experience the opposite is true, much to the chagrin of some spiritual friends and family.
We must each obey whatever is our ...
Assuming Uilium's answer is correct you can get a bit of a sense of what "hardcore" might mean by reading the book's Forward and Warning.
He says he deliberately wrote it in his own voice, that some of what he writes (whole chapters of social commentary) "has a definite bite to it", and,
"it is the unrestrained voice of one from a ...
Some movies with Buddhist concepts:
The Dharma Brothers (Documentary)
The Buddha (Documentary)
Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East.
Wheel of Time
Doin Time Doing Vippassanna (Documentary)
Amongst WHite Clouds (Documentary)
My Reincarnation (...
This question is actually unanswerable. However a human being is vastly more complicated than a mere cyborg. The ability to achieve enlightenment. Whereas a cyborg would be created artificially, and is merely a mind and a body to accomplish some tasks. Therefore it doesn't seem plausible that a cyborg achieves enlightenment/Nirvana.
Understood the ...
As I understand, Sarvastivada explains that all things exist in continuity. Nothing comes from nowhere and disappears into nothing, but everything transforms. Therefore the past contains seeds or elements that become things found in the future. In this sense, everything exists at all times, just not in the same form. None of the forms are permanent, but ...
This is an interesting question. Is morality objective?
I recently watched a video where Tovia Singer, an orthodox Jewish rabbi, claimed that he once debated with an atheist. The atheist apparently stated that he did not need God and he is aware by himself that murder, theft and other immoral actions are wrong. To this, the rabbi responded that humans were ...
There's a description of that here: Why Was the Sakyan Republic Destroyed?
I think the article is based on the canon, but I've forgotten where in the canon I read of it.
Anyway to quote from the article:
When the Buddha learned about this outbreak of hostility, he came there himself. On seeing this revered and eminent person from their royal clan, the ...
War is usually caused by some sort of conflict.
And conflict is caused by taking sides, "us" vs "them".
And taking sides mostly happens due to attachment to some concept or generalization for example:
only this is right, everything else is wrong.
only this is good, everything else is bad.
this is ours, it belongs only to us.
this is how it's always been,...
Some of these may be too tenuous a link but ymmv:
Movies (some are also books)
Seven Years in Tibet
The Dhamma Brothers
Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut
The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard
Cloud Atlas (well, it's supposed to be; I never got it -- I hear the book is better)
When the Iron Bird Flies
Journey to the West
Groundhog Day (see, tenuous!)...
Osamu Tezuka's Buddha is really fun manga and fictional account of Buddha's life.
Also check out Ikkyu... awesome manga about Zen and sudden realization! Gave me chills when I really put myself into his journey...
A good movie that fictionally demonstrates some Buddhist concepts is Cloud Atlas.
Samsara is another good one.
There are plenty of lists (I've ...
Ven. Yuttadhammo wrote in his answer:
Of course, the fact that the tipitaka is tens of times the size of the
bible makes it relatively expensive to translate, print, ship, etc.,
and so it is not exactly the kind of thing you see in hotel rooms (for
other reasons as well).
The above is precisely the reason why the Tipitaka is not as famous or as ...
Book: The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Mitchie. A fictional story told by a cat, who is the Dalai Lama's pet at Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama rescued this cat when it was very young. The entertaining story told by the cat is imbued with dhamma teachings. The teachings are of course expounded in a simple way, since a cat is a not a very intelligent animal.