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Teachings of the Buddha

October 30, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection comes from the Mahādukkhakkhandha Sutta or The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering. Here the Buddha explains the full understanding of...

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Today's selection comes from the Mahādukkhakkhandha Sutta or The Greater...

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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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October 25, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The Buddha often treated giving as the most rudimentary virtue of the spiritual life, for giving...

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Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The...

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October 24, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding favorable results within the cycle of rebirths. Merit produces mundane benefits, such as a...

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Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding...

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October 23, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today’s selection comes from the Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta. This sutta specifies the underlying karmic causes for the manifest differences in human life. It does so with...

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Today’s selection comes from the Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta. This sutta specifies the...

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October 22, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “A Way to a Fortunate Rebirth.”—Editor’s note

In his account of his “noble...

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This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “A Way to a...

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October 18, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

In today’s selection The Buddha teaches that in seeking “the good visible in this present life,” the lay follower should consistently adhere to principles of right conduct...

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In today’s selection The Buddha teaches that in seeking “the good visible in this...

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October 17, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Wholesome relations between parents and children depend in turn upon the mutual affection and respect of husband and wife, and thus the Buddha also offers guidelines for...

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Wholesome relations between parents and children depend in turn upon the mutual...

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October 15, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “The Happiness Visible in This Present Life.”—Editor’s note

Is it the case, as some scholars hold...

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This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “The Happiness...

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October 11, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today selection comes from the Cankī Sutta.  Here, the Buddha explains that a person who has faith in something “preserves truth” when he says “this is my faith.” He “...

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Today selection comes from the Cankī Sutta.  Here, the Buddha explains that a...

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