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What is the oldest text/sutra of the Mahayana tradition?

The oldest existing manuscript clearly identified as Mahāyāna is a birch bark manuscript of the Aṣṭasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā-sutra or Discourse on Perfect Wisdom consisting of 8000 [Lines]. This ...
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What are the texts that contain words which can be attributed directly to the Buddha?

The Pāli Canon (Pali: Tipitaka) is the standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as preserved in the Pāli language. It is the most complete extant early Buddhist canon. It ...
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Is there an eBook reader compatible Tripitaka?

I am presuming you are looking for translations. There is the Buddha Jayanthi edition which has both Sinhala and Pali. English http://dharmafarer.org/ - does not have all the Tripitaka but there is ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

D.O. is a deep topic that is very hard to understand. Even when someone claims that they understand it, you should take their answer with a VERY BIG grain of salt. In theory my understanding "could" ...
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"Monks" includes everybody?

It is an effect by wrong way commentary reading of the western professors and thai professors, because they have not enough skill to read pāli tipitaka and commentary. Commentary just want to said: ...
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Are there canonical texts for secular Buddhism?

I think it varies tremendously based on what tradition they are adapting their teachings from. People following a secularized vipassana tradition probably uphold the Satipatthana sutta, and secular ...
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Is there a free (libre or open) version of Visuddhimagga in a digital text or HTML format?

on archive.org you usually get several file types, for the text alone https://archive.org/download/Visuddhimagga-ThePathOfPurification
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Is there an eBook reader compatible Tripitaka?

As well as the suttas which are listed in this answer: There are translations from the Vinaya linked here on Access to Insight (many of the PDFs are commentaries rather than translations). This page (...
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What are the canonical texts for the Buddhisms of the world?

For Theravada there is the Tipitaka: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/index.html This consists of the "three baskets" of the vinaya pitaka, the rules for monastics, the sutta pitaka aka the ...
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What are the texts that contain words which can be attributed directly to the Buddha?

Within Buddhism there is the notion of Buddhavacana which is the word of the Buddha i.e. those world traditionally attributed to the Buddha. A lot of the Pali Canon does start with an attributation ...
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What is the oldest text/sutra of the Mahayana tradition?

While there is no commonly recognized single oldest Mahayana sutra (see Wikipedia for general treatment of the topic), many scholars and practitioners believe some of the Prajnaparamita-series sutras ...
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Are there canonical texts for secular Buddhism?

Historical Buddhist scholars trying to figure out who the historical Buddha was prefer using the Pali texts, not so much because they are canon but because they pass the various tests historians use ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

[1] "When it is said in dependent origination that 'sankhara conditions consciousness', in what way and how does sankhara condition consciousness?" This question is answered by better understanding ...
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When were Buddhist suttas written?

On this page and this page, you can find the "Chronology Of The Pali Canon" by Dr. Bimala Churn Law. Here, it is written in the beginning: Rhys Davids in his Buddhist India (p. 188) has given a ...
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Is there an eBook reader compatible Tripitaka?

The Full set of the scans of the PTS translations of the 4 Nikāyas and the Vinaya are available in zipped PDF files at: http://buddhadust.net/backmatter/indexes/idx_downloads.htm#pts_pdfs This is the ...
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Is there an eBook reader compatible Tripitaka?

You can find here some selected sutta translations from the Pali Canon, as translated by Thanissaro Bhikku to English, in the azw3, mobi, epub and pdf formats. With Kindle, please use the mobi format ...
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The path of jhana vs the path of dry insight

This notion has arisen by the commentarial re interpretation of the (Yuga,naddha) Paṭipadā Sutta. More details are given in the following easy: Samatha and Vipassanā by Piya Tan. Also the modern ...
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What is rhys david dictionary's license for now?

The blurb on Amazon.com says (about the PTS dictionary specifically), This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we ...
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Is there a sutta which answers where a nirvanaised consciousnesses is after death and comapres it to a fire going out?

You're probably thinking of Itivuttaka 44: This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "Monks, there are these two forms of the Unbinding property. Which two? The ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

The five grasping aggregates are circular in their conditioning. SN12.65:2.16: ‘When name and form exist there’s consciousness. Name and form are a condition for consciousness.’ Grasped in ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

Many thanks for these brilliant questions. Through careful introspective mindfulness, the practitioner will note that consciousness can never be found. All that can ever be known are objects of ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

Sankhara has the seed to attached a future experience. For this to happen you need consciousness. For consciousness to arise you need a being which is nama-rupa. A being automatically gets sense bases ...
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Is there a free (libre or open) version of Visuddhimagga in a digital text or HTML format?

I converted the pdf to html some years ago using pdf2html but due to copyright issues it can't be shared publicly. When I posted it on our website, the publisher (a Buddhist monk) promptly threatened ...
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Is there a free (libre or open) version of Visuddhimagga in a digital text or HTML format?

The two versions of the PDF (i.e. Budaedu and Access to Insight -- and actually the copy on Access to Insight's was published by the Buddhist Publication Society) are both based on similar text (i.e. ...
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Is there a free (libre or open) version of Visuddhimagga in a digital text or HTML format?

I suppose the "Path of Purification" available at AccessToInsight.org is the third online edition of the Visuddhimagga which you've mentioned as "Budaedu's Visuddhimagga version". So, it's better if ...
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Devas' Mortality

A yakkha is a type of deva, that is tree-dwelling. They live in the plane of the Devas of the Four Great Kings (catumaharajika deva). Udana 4.4 tells the story of a yakkha, who despite being warned ...
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Devas' Mortality

Deva can die by own angry mind. See Dha.A.2 appamāda-cittavagga Sāmāvatīvatthu (ghosakadevaputta).
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