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Buddhist Literature Collection


Buddhist Literature Collection are works considered to be scripture or canonical works of Buddhism. The Western terms "scripture" and "canonical" are applied to Buddhism in inconsistent ways by Western scholars: for example, one authority refers to "scriptures and other canonical texts", while another says that scriptures can be categorized into canonical, commentarial and pseudo-canonical.

 
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What Buddhism Is

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: I consider it a great privilege to be in your midst today and to have this opportunity of addressing you on the subject of What Buddhism Is. At the outset, I must be very frank with you. I have not been to a university and I have no knowledge of science except as a man in the street. Nor am I a scholar in the theory of Buddhism with any knowledge of Pali, the language in which the Tipitakas (literally, the Three Baskets of Buddha-Dhamma) are maintained. I may sa...

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What Buddhism Is

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: I consider it a great privilege to be in your midst today and to have this opportunity of addressing you on the subject of What Buddhism Is. At the outset, I must be very frank with you. I have not been to a university and I have no knowledge of science except as a man in the street. Nor am I a scholar in the theory of Buddhism with any knowledge of Pali, the language in which the Tipitakas (literally, the Three Baskets of Buddha-Dhamma) are maintained. I may sa...

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Advice on the Benefits of Prayer Wheels

By: Lama Zopa Rinpoche

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In Solu Kumbu all the old men and women turn prayer wheels every day. When they are at home in the morning and in the evening before they go to bed, they hold a mala in their left hand, a prayer wheel in their right, and recite om mani padme hung. And when they walk around, they constantly turn the prayer wheel and recite om mani padme hung.

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Advice on the Benefits of Prayer Wheels

By: Lama Zopa Rinpoche

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In Solu Kumbu all the old men and women turn prayer wheels every day. When they are at home in the morning and in the evening before they go to bed, they hold a mala in their left hand, a prayer wheel in their right, and recite om mani padme hung. And when they walk around, they constantly turn the prayer wheel and recite om mani padme hung.

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Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns

By: Susan Elbaum Jootla

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The Teachings of the Poems Trivial Incidents Spark Enlightenment Entering the Sangha after a Child's Death The Four Noble Truths Reaching the Goal after a Long Struggle Contemplation on the Sangha The Danger of Worldly Desire The Danger of Attachment to One's Beauty Further Conversations with Mara The Doctrine of Anatta Men and Women in the Dhamma The Five Aggregates and Nibbana Kamma and Its Fru

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The Wheel of Birth and Death

By: Bhikkhu Khantipalo

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Two knowable dhammas should be thoroughly known -- mind and body; two knowable dhammas should be relinquished -- unknowing and craving for existence; two knowable dhammas should be realized -- wisdom and freedom; two knowable dhammas should be developed -- calm and insight.

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Whos the Boss

By: Gambhiro Bikkhu

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The organization got together to decide who the boss of the human body was. Of course, everyone wanted to be the boss. This is how each tried to convince the others of their superiority.

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The One-Who-Saw

By: Gambhiro Bikkhu

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Once there was a land where the inhabitants lived a happy and harmonious life. They were kind to one another. Their ways were simple. Their wants were few.

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Why Is Buddhism the Fastest Growing Religion in Australia

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The answer to this inquiry is multi-layered and complex. It is a tantalising issue because it highlights the changing spiritual landscape of Australia and provides an insight into just how multicultural we have really become.

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Why End Suffering

By: Nyanaponika Thera

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The Buddha declares that he teaches the Dhamma for the sole purpose of leading beings to freedom from suffering. If, moved by that teaching, we resolve to make an end of suffering, it is of prime importance that we understand the problem of suffering clearly in its true width and depth. If our grasp of the problem is too glaringly incomplete, our endeavours to eliminate it will also be incomplete, incapable of garnering the strength needed to yield fully satisfactory results.

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Why Are We Here

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: This Rains Retreat I don't have much strength, I'm not well, so I've come up to this mountain here to get some fresh air. People come to visit but I can't really receive them like I used to because my voice is just about had it, my breath is just about gone. You can count it a blessing that there is still this body sitting here for you all to see now. This is a blessing in itself. Soon you won't see it. The breath will be finished, the voice will be gone. They w...

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The Dignified Position of Woman in Religion and Society

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Indian culture, from very early times, appears to recognize woman as the matrix of society. Even the Rg. Veda [ X. 85.46 ] recognize her rightful place in the home as the newly-wedded wife. In the Surya's Bridal Hymn a prayer is offered that she may reign supreme over all her in-laws, father, mother, sister and brother. Her role as mother of children is extolled and it is wished with eagerness that she presides over the arrival of grandchildren too. Even in Indi...

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The Position of Women in Buddhism

By: r. L.S. Dewaraja

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Today, when the role of Women in Society is an issue of worldwide interest it is opportune that we should p B ause to look at it from a Buddhist perspective. In the recent past, a number of books have been written on the changing status of women in Hindu and Islamic societies, but with regard to women in Buddhism, ever since the distinguished Pali scholar, Miss I.B. Horner, wrote her book on Women under Primitive Buddhism, as far back as 1930, very little intere...

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Form Womb to Womb

By: Francis Story

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Buddhists usually don't have a problem accepting the teaching of rebirth.

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Daily Readings from the Buddha's Words of Wisdom

By: Venerable S. Dhammika

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: For over two millennim the discoures of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people in India,Sri Lanka,Burma and Thailand.

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The Work of a Contemplative

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Here in this monastery we practice not in line with people's wishes and opinions, but in line for the most part with the principles of the Dhamma and Vinaya, the principles of the religion. We do this for the sake of the public at large who rely on the religion as a guiding principle in what is good and right, and who rely on the good and right behavior of monks and novices, the religious leaders for Buddhists at large. For this reason, I'm not interested in tre...

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The Worn-Out Skin

By: Nyanaponika Thera

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The Sutta Nipata, in its oldest and most characteristic parts, is a deeply stirring Song of Freedom. The verses of this ancient book are a challenging call to us to leave behind the narrow confines of our imprisoned existence with its ever-growing walls of accumulated habits of life and thought. They beckon us to free ourselves from the enslavement to our passions and to our thousand little whims and wishes. A call to freedom is always timely because in our live...

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A Remembrance of the Great Chinese Zen Master

By: Din Shakya

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: To be empty means to be empty of ego, to be without any thought of self, not in the sense that one functions as a vegetable or a wild animal - living things which merely process water, food and sunlight in order to grow and reproduce - but in the sense that one ceases to gauge the events, the persons, the places, and the things of one's environment in terms of I or me or mine. A person who is empty of self seldom has occasion even to use these pronouns.

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Zazen and Christianity

By: Koun Yamada, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: I am often asked by Christians, especially Catholics, whether they can practice zazen and still preserve the beliefs of Christianity. To that question I usually answer that Zen is not a religion in the same sense that Christianity is a religion. There is no reason, therefore, why Christianity and zazen cannot co-exist.

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Yang-Shan's Mind and Environment

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: This is a koan from the Book of Equanimity. Yang-shan asks a student, What is your native place? And the student says, I come from Yu Province. Yang-shan says, Do you consider the inside of it? And the student answers, I always do. Yang-shan: That which thinks is consciousness, that which is thought about is the environment. Within it there are mountains, rivers and the great earth, towers, palaces, people, animals and other things. But reflect upon the mind tha...

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