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November 22, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom fundamental to the spiritual life” and for bringing such wisdom to maturity. Of...

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Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom...

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November 21, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases, testifies that for Early Buddhism, liberation requires direct...

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Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on...

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November 20, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly known by personal experience, a point clearly made by today's text, which comes from The...

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Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly...

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November 15, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on meditation practice is the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. Two versions of this sutta exist, a longer...

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The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on...

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November 13, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a wild animal. Just as an animal trainer has to use various techniques to bring the animal...

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The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a...

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November 11, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

This week's morsel comes from Mu Soeng's The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra. This is the bold and intriguing assertion of the Heart Sutra, a text...

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This week's morsel comes from Mu Soeng's The Heart of the Universe: Exploring...

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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 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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