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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 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 9, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today’s selection comes from the Vīmasaka Sutta.  In it the Buddha lays down guidelines by which a monk can test “the Tathāgata,” that is, the Buddha, to evaluate his claim...

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Today’s selection comes from the Vīmasaka Sutta.  In it the Buddha lays down...

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September 19, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We begin our Teachings of the Buddha project in earnest today with an excerpt from the introduction to In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Ven. Bodhi...

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We begin our Teachings of the Buddha project in earnest today with an...

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September 17, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We are proud to announce that over the next ten weeks, we will be sharing selected suttas from our Teachings of the Buddha series. These renowned translations from...

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We are proud to announce that over the next ten weeks, we will be sharing selected...

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