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April 27, 2016
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

At Savatthi, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, is anyone who is born free from aging and death?”

“Great king, no one who is born is free...

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At Savatthi, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, is...

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December 11, 2014

An excerpt from In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

1. Old Age, Illness, and Death (1) Aging and Death

At Savatthi,...

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An excerpt from In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi....

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December 9, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“With the destruction of all acquisitions The Awakened One sleeps: “Why should this concern you, Mara?” Then Mara the Evil One, realizing, “The Blessed One knows me, the...

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“With the destruction of all acquisitions The Awakened One sleeps: “Why should this...

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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 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 12, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind.”—editor's note

Having presented a broad overview of the...

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This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind...

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November 7, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to hear in standard Buddhist rhetoric. While we are often told that the practice of the...

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Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to...

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November 6, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection is the Cūḷamālunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Mālunkyāputta. This sutta shows that the Buddhist path is not designed to provide theoretical answers...

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Today's selection is the Cūḷamālunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to...

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November 5, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's theme to The Teachings of the Buddha is “The Path to Liberation.”—Editor's note

In this chapter, we come to the unique...

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This week's theme to The Teachings of the Buddha is “The Path to...

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October 29, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “Deepening One's Perspective on the World.”—Editor’s note

In interpreting...

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This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “Deepening One's...

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