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There isn't exactly one short Buddhist bible (see Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?). The Tripitaka is the Pali canon, possibly the earliest (or at least, among the earliest) of the surviving Buddhist literature. It has three parts, and of these three the Sutta Pitaka is the most relevant (to us). You can read it (or at least begin to read it) online. Web ...


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The short answer is no, and no. The Pāḷi Canon is a translation. Although people in Central Ganges Valley all spoke closely related dialects at the time we think the Buddha lived. The problem of having different words for things was noted at least once in a Pāli text. In MN iii.234 (Araṇavibhanga Sutta) that there can be many local words for the same object, ...


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The Buddha likely spoke in several dialects that were quite similar to Pali. He was immensely well traveled for his time, so in his travels he likely adopted the native dialect to be better understood by the locals. His words were only a small part of his teaching - his enlightened presence and conduct were likely better vessels of his teaching. The Pali ...


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Confessing and pardon are very importand matter, as for monks there are even many formal ways to do, which can be appopted by good other communities patly as well. Generally the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta: Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone might be useful. And in regard of the added related question by Chris, no, addmitting and apologize will not ...


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It's the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, DN 16: 31. And the Blessed One recovered from that illness; and soon after his recovery he came out from his dwelling place and sat down in the shade of the building, on a seat prepared for him. Then the Venerable Ananda approached the Blessed One, respectfully greeted him, and sitting down at one side, he spoke to the ...


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Technically, watching porn doesn't break the 3rd precept, but it weakens it. In other words, it weakens the merits you gain by keeping to the precept apart from accumulating bad karma.


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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 a growing number of Suttas in PDF form http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ - this has traslation by many and can be downladed in multiple formats in mulitple ...


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The main Buddhist holy book - The Sutta Pitaka - is many times larger than the Bible, consisting of more than 10,000 discourses. However, the essential teachings the Buddha compared to a 'handful of leaves'. The following teachings from the holy book cover the essentials: On Higher Truth Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha The Dhammapada For ...


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In Theravada Buddhism, much of the commentarial literature is merely providing definitions and etymologies of words, so it only makes sense in the original pali. Besides this, it is so voluminous that any attempt at translating it would be a daunting task. That being said, some of the more accessible and interesting commentaries have indeed been translated ...


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You are probably after the Simsapa Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.031.than.html


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I found it in the introduction to the Jatakas, which seems to be the original source: Now the Great Being, after collecting a number of scraps, sufficient, as he judged, for his sustenance, left the city by the same gate he had entered, and sitting down with his face to the east, in the shade of Pandava rock, he attempted to eat his meal. But his stomach ...


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No, it means to give up the clinging towards eyes and sights since they are neither you nor yours. As a result, eyes and eye contact cannot cause you to be reborn again in Samsara.


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You should not be teaching your parents Buddhism. It is forbidden in Buddhism to teach others Buddhism; unless the other people request to be taught (AN 9.5). You should not be practising "zombie mindfulness" in sight of your parents because this will freak them out. As a Buddhist, your practise is to not cause harm or distress to others. In your parent's ...


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You don't have to make a show out of your Dharma. You don't need to make it fly in your parents faces. There's no need to convince them of anything. Buddhism is what you practice in your mind. No-one needs to know. In fact, making it a secret practice only makes it more powerful. When you practice the perfect Buddhism - which is defined as Buddhism without ...


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The quote appears in this text. However it appears to be a Victorian-era translation of the Jâtaka without much details about the version of the original from which it was translated. BUDDHISM IN TRANSLATIONS Passages Selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books and Translated from the Original Pâli into English by Henry Clarke Warren ...


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A few suttas fit this, but try this first - Bhaddekaratta Sutta: An Auspicious Day http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.131.than.html


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Also check out suttacentral.net, really good sources in Pali, Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan and various different language translations..


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Commentaries are just further explanation of meaning and details of the Suttas. Each explanation is subdivided into more details. E.g. If I ask you to come here. This can be the instruction in the Sutta. The commentaries will go on saying if you are facing another direction to 1st turn towards me, then start taking steps towards me, then when you are at a ...


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The question is: "Did he give any teachings on how to deal with monastics who abuse their position for unwholesome motivations i.e. monks amassing wealth, gaining political influence, acting as antagonists for violence." And the answer is yes! The five books of the Vinaya aim to do exactly this.


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Some socially 'Islamic' people (as distinct from Muslim practitioners) get married on a Friday and divorce on the Monday just so they can have sex on the weekend & not break the rules. Obviously, this does not conform with the true spirit of the religion. Similarly, regardless of whether a person is married, delighting in pornography is an expression (...


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Sometimes, the Buddha puts in check any blind faith his listeners might have about himself or the dhamma itself. A notorious sutta here is the Cūlahatthipadopama Sutta, where he explains that the reasons for Pilotika to believe the enlightenment of the Buddha are insufficient to have him to state it to surely. In this case, he uses the simile of the ...


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Justice system is driven by unskillful intentions, but a necessity to maintain society. Essentially any action rooted in hatred, greed or ignorance is not skilful. For many justice is a form of retribution for some action done by another which is based on hatred which and unskillful root. If you are judge you are expected to judge justly. Reporting crime ...


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According to the Buddha's advice, early Buddhists composed and taught the Suttas in their respective vernaculars. So there was not an official language of Buddhism. Wherever Buddhism went, it adopted the local language of that region. Now, Pali was the native language of the region around Vidisha in central India as the Girnar inscription shows. The mother ...


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I do not know about any translations but there is this book called "The Great Chronicles of Buddhas". It's a book only about the different Buddhas and the life of them. It's a very interesting book with lots of material on them such as daily life, teachings, characteristics etc.


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Even if a teacher doesn't hide it, teaching might be difficult to acquire or to explain effectively. The Moon Cannot Be Stolen Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryokan returned and caught him. "You ...


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Commentaries are very useful when interpreting the Suttas in the Tipitaka. They provide background stories and additional details. It is wrong to assume that when they wrote down the Tipitaka, they included everything the Buddha had preached. The major commentaries were based on earlier ones, which were written down at the same time as the Tipitaka. But even ...


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