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Theravada

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...

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

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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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November 1, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the hedonist philosopher Māgandiya and points out to him the dangers in sensual pleasures, the...

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This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the...

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October 31, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection is the Potaliya Sutta. Here the Buddha teaches the meaning of “the cutting off of affairs” in discipline. The sutta offers a striking series of...

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Today's selection is the Potaliya Sutta. Here the Buddha teaches the...

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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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