The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

April 2016

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 from aging and death. Even those affluent khattiyas—rich, with great wealth and property, with abundant gold and silver, abundant treasures and commodities...

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

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April 20, 2016
by Mahasi Sayadaw

The practice of morality is not as exhaustive for laypeople as it is for monks. The purposes of laypeople are served by either the five precepts or the eight precepts topped with right livelihood (ājīvaṭṭhamakasīla). One may wonder how these two forms of morality can serve equally well when some of their precepts differ. It is...

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The practice of morality is not as exhaustive for laypeople as it is for monks. The purposes of...

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April 13, 2016
by Matthew Bortolin

 “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”

“You mean it controls your actions?”

“Partially. But it also obeys your commands.”

—OBI-WAN KENOBI AND LUKE SKYWALKER IN A NEW HOPE

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 “Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.”

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April 6, 2016
by Jaimal Yogis

In the centuries after the Buddha’s death, his followers created rifts and various Buddhist schools—Theravada and Mahayana being just two of the biggest divisions—each claiming to be the authentic one. The Zen tradition (or Chan as it is known in China) officially formed when one school traveled, via the South Indian monk named...

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In the centuries after the Buddha’s death, his followers created rifts and various Buddhist...

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