Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

November 2013

November 8, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the classical formulation of the way to liberation, as is already clear from the Buddha’s first sermon, in which he calls the Eightfold Path the way to the cessation of suffering. This selection from the Samyutta Nikaya gives formal definitions of the...

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Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the classical...

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November 7, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Your mind is birthless and continuous, without a beginning, middle, or end. The rising and sinking of agitated waves ceases by itself without interference. This mind that is obscured by thoughts, when left as it is, unmodified, will clarify as the dharmakaya. Do not modify it, but rest in relaxation. Do not control the mind, but...

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“Your mind is birthless and continuous, without a beginning, middle, or end. The rising and...

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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 Buddhist path depends entirely on personal effort, this sutta emphasizes the importance of spiritual friendship. The Buddha declares that spiritual friendship is...

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

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November 7, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Toni Bernhard has a new piece on patience at Elephant Journal. The Buddha considered patience to be one of the mental states that an awakened person has perfected. In Buddhism, patience is an act of self-compassion that gives rise to equanimity.  Bodhisattvas from Birth? Barbara O’... read more »
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November 6, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Rap music remains “an expression of Hip Hop culture’s capacity to metabolize suffering… and at its best, to draw meaning and beauty out of disorder and decay.” The Buddhist Peace Fellowship explores further in Buddha Between Beats: Hip-Hop Through A Dharma Lens.

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November 6, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Try to be reasonable in the way you grow, and don’t ever think it is too late. It is never too late. Even if you are going  to die tomorrow, keep yourself straight and clear and be a  happy human being today. If you keep your situation happy  day by day, you will eventually reach the greatest happiness  of enlightenment.”—Lama...

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“Try to be reasonable in the way you grow, and don’t ever think it is too late. It is never too...

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