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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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I'm not sure why you think of Nirvana as Nothingness. I'm coming from a Theravada Background and Nothingness and Nirvana are not the same. There is no material plane, or place as Nirvana (Nibbana). The word Nibbana literally means severing the link or attachment (to sansara). Nirvana is an understanding. That is why an Arahath is known as an 'Awakened one'. ...


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We have problems in our society, particularly when it comes to words, with the idea of "one". Concepts are bound up with this idea of duality as, for example, with your thoughts on existence and non-existenxe. The only alternative to this duality which we can conceive of seems to be nothing, nihilism. We bounce between "two" and "...


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This perspective on emptiness is a bit turned around. Instead of standing as an outsider looking at a supposedly empty box, imagine being inside that box. It's (perhaps) a somewhat claustrophobic experience (though we might not recognize that feeling for what it is); we are in this small, confined space that is filled with 'us'. Then follow this progression:...


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