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Teachings of the Buddha

November 29, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We have come to our final selection in the Teaching of the Buddha blog series. In today's sutta, the Buddha challenges the Venerable Sāriputta’s “...

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We have come to our final selection in the Teaching of the Buddha blog...

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November 28, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas occasionally employ another scheme for classifying noble disciples, one that makes the dominant faculty rather than the level of attainment alone the basis for...

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The Nikayas occasionally employ another scheme for classifying noble disciples,...

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November 27, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a noble person (ariyapuggala), the word “noble” (ariya) here denoting...

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On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a...

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November 26, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We have come to the final week in our Teachings of the Buddha series. The theme for this week is “The Planes of Realization.”—editor's note

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We have come to the final week in our Teachings of the Buddha series. The...

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November 22, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom fundamental to the spiritual life” and for bringing such wisdom to maturity. Of...

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Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom...

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November 21, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases, testifies that for Early Buddhism, liberation requires direct...

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Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on...

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November 20, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly known by personal experience, a point clearly made by today's text, which comes from The...

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Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly...

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November 19, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light of Wisdom.”—editor's note.

The texts cited in the last...

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This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light...

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November 15, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on meditation practice is the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. Two versions of this sutta exist, a longer...

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The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on...

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November 13, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a wild animal. Just as an animal trainer has to use various techniques to bring the animal...

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The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a...

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