First off, I wouldn't recommend Tibetan Book of the Dead, since it's not exactly a primer in Buddhism, I don't think. There are lots of introductions from various traditions; the perennial favourite is What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. He's also written pieces on the difference (or lack thereof) between the various schools, so he's pretty unbiased ...
The quote comes from Kalama Sutra (AN 3.65) and is often taken out of context, hence misunderstood.
People of Kalama found themselves bombarded by tens of spiritual teachers, each claiming authority and expertise in spiritual matters. These teachers' doctrines were rather different from each other, but each was presented as The truth. Each teacher seemed ...
I've searched the Internet, and found a website claiming that the quotation in question is a bad translation of a fragment from Kalama Sutta which in original goes:
“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the ...
Here's a summary of Chapter 5 of The Buddha's Teachings to Laypeople: Practical Advice for Prosperity and Lasting Happiness.
If you fail to find suitable associates it's better to be "like a solitary rhinoceros"
Leave aside unproven traditional criteria: including race, caste, gender, and external appearance (and creed)
A person's inner development is more ...
Quick First Read
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula (Recommended)
Good Question, Good Answer by S. Dhammika
Introductions to the Early Texts
In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
The Life of the Buddha by Ñāṇamoli Bhikkhu (Recommended)
Buddha-Dhamma for University Students by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Comprehensive Introductions to All Traditions
Here is a fairly comprehensive list of alternatives:
formations; everything that arises and ceases
all five aggregates fit in this category.
name and form (body and mind); divided into material (rūpa) and immaterial (arūpa)
the first aggregate is rūpa, the rest are nāma.
Here in this answer I am going to give some resources I found in the web and not going to copy and past anything here as the process is quite lengthy and detailed. You could learn about Kasina meditation from "Visuddhimagga (Path of purificaiton)". If your refer page 117 and onwards describe the details about "Earth kasióa". If you need a shorter version ...
Here is the story you refer to
It is taught that even a layperson who is an anagami (non-returner)
keeps the ten precepts naturally and does not accept or use money. For
example the anagami Ghatikara was without gems, gold, silver, or
The concept of Kamma implies that information is stored in the mind
No, it does not! Information and storage are concepts. Not realities! The issue here is, we make the assumption that for causes to give an effect in the future, something needs to persist in the interim. When you commit a Kamma, the action is done and finished then and there. There's ...
I recall around 20 years ago an Australian university psychology professor wrote a local newspaper article about what he regarded as superior self-esteem in Thai children. I have lived in traditional (provincial/village) Thai culture & I can attest to this.
I would suggest, at least for Thailand, this is obviously a combination of cultural factors, ...
Zen Buddhism is part of East Asian Buddhism in general and accepts the entire Chinese Canon, although they don't find a lot of it to be relavent to their practice. Zen Buddhism has always been based primarily off of the meditation practice itself combined with oral teaching, but even if Zen isn't purely derived from the Sutras in the way other schools are, ...
Thanks @soulsings for pointing me in the right direction; since I was looking for the Pali reference, here's the passage from the Ghatikara Sutta (MN 81):
“Then he said: ‘Venerable sir, have you a better supporter than I am?’—‘I have, great king. There is a market town called Vebhalinga where a potter named Ghaṭīkāra lives. He is my supporter, my chief ...
1- You are right. The first stage is meant to be (if not easy) at least easier than the others. It is why it is the first, because it is supposed to be what we can do from where we are.
3- It is true. I do not remember the instance, but it happened a long time ago. More recently, I was translating (actually interpreting) Kyabje Ahbay Rinpoche interview with ...
I am not sure about the origin of this quote but possibly as it used as a Zen message it may have come from Bodhidharma. I am sure about its meaning however. It relates both to Enlightenment and Mindfulness. The true practice of mindfulness which means watching the mind to find the Essence of the Mind will lead to Wisdom and Enlightenment. In simple terms we ...
SN 42.3 (To Yodhajiva The Warrior) and SN 42.2 (To Talaputa the Actor) both contain the phrase,
"Enough, headman, put that aside. Don't ask me that."
The reason why he says "enough" seems to be that he doesn't want to have to tell them that they'll be reborn in hell or the animal realm.
The sutta to the Warrior includes a warning against wrong view; and ...
I'll offer a controversial option, simply because it's the one that got me started (and in fact after reading it I don't believe the controversy is deserved). It's "Mastering The Core Teachings of the Buddha" (or "MCTB" by its fans) by Daniel Ingram .
Perhaps the main reason it is controversial is because Ingram gives himself the title "Arahat" on the cover ...
There are 10 Kasina meditations. They are categorized due to the object that meditater concentrate in meditation. Meditation method cannot be anything. If you use non-kasina object, it is just loose the time and you will never be able to concentrate. Anapanasathi is not included into Kasina Meditation.
When you select meditation method, it is better to meet ...
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 was composed in North India, and preserved orally until it was committed to writing during the Fourth Buddhist Council in Sri Lanka in 29 BCE, approximately ...
I've heard Ajahn Brahm tell this story during a lecture which was recorded on YouTube, so I can confirm it's definitely told by him; however I don't remember which one it was.
The story is not (strictly) in the suttas. It is probably (very loosely) based on AN 6.42, and deals more with the disturbances of nearby lay life as opposed to the wilderness.
Sorry, no links to texts, just my personal experience/ingisht:
Is masturbation wrong?
It's not exactly wrong, rather it is a symptom of an underlying issue. The issue is probably deep craving for positive emotion, for love, for acceptance, for appreciation. This deep craving could be a result of child trauma. This trauma may affect other areas of your life,...
The Gateless Gate. The Heart Sutra. The Diamond Sutra. The Shōbōgenzō. These are the first ones that come to my mind as a Zen Buddhist.
Here is more information:
You could say the Buddha and arahants had a peculiar form of humour, as Konrad suggested in his comment above. The hasituppādacitta (smiling-producing mind) is a citta unique to enlightened beings. While they can also smile due to beautiful-functional cittas, the hasituppādacitta is rootless, containing none of the wholesome or unwholesome roots.
Does the Theravada canon have such ideas anywhere at all?
This is a far-fetched example which barely answer your question but IMO the Buddha himself kind of returned to the market-place: not as a tradesman nor even a customer, but he did leave his solitude.
The description could almost fit him:
In the World
Barefooted and naked of breast, I ...
In the Maha-Saccaka Sutta it describes his learning some meditation types/techniques, from teachers, before he sat and was enlightened:
Alara Kalama ... the dimension of nothingness.
Uddaka Ramaputta ... the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception.
Whatever brahmans or contemplatives in the past have felt painful, racking, ...
The Buddha not only stressed the importance of right speech but also the right time and occassion to say it:
"So too, prince, such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be untrue, incorrect, and unbeneficial, and which is also unwelcome and disagreeable to others: such speech the Tath›gata does not utter. Such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be true and ...
I practice with the Triratna Buddhists which is an explicit attempt to bring Buddhism into the Western context. It is ecumenical so brings in all traditions so for me this question is very interesting. For us the sutras that are particularly studied are
Middle Length Discourses generally but more specifically from the pali canon
What you're looking for is Vesali sutta.
Then the monks — [thinking,] "The Blessed One, with many lines of
reasoning, has given a talk on the unattractiveness [of the body], has
spoken in praise of [the perception of] unattractiveness, has spoken
in praise of the development of [the perception of] unattractiveness"
— remained ...
Sexuality is mentioned and that does include sex between man and woman, same sex partners and self pleasuring.
But there is a clear delineation between monks who have take their vows and lay people.
To lay people Buddha advised that they should at least avoid sexual
misconduct which meant following ...