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November 29, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

We have come to our final selection in the Teaching of the Buddha blog series. In today's sutta, the Buddha challenges the Venerable Sāriputta’s “bellowing utterance” by asking him whether he fully knows the moral discipline, qualities (perhaps concentration), wisdom, meditative dwellings, and liberation of...

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We have come to our final selection in the Teaching of the Buddha blog series. In...

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November 28, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“A state called witnessing deep sleep is described as dreamless sleep in which you experience a quiet, peaceful inner state of awareness or wakefulness—a feeling of infinite expansion and bliss, and nothing else. Then, one becomes aware of one’s own existence as an individual—which may lead to emerging from sleep.”—Jayne...

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“A state called witnessing deep sleep is described as dreamless sleep in which you experience a...

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November 28, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas occasionally employ another scheme for classifying noble disciples, one that makes the dominant faculty rather than the level of attainment alone the basis for differentiation. The main source for this scheme is a passage in the Kīṭāgiri Sutta, below. This method of classification divides arahants into two...

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The Nikayas occasionally employ another scheme for classifying noble disciples, one that...

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November 27, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

Wisdom will be closed tomorrow and Friday, so this is our last "In Other News..." of the week. We wish everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah a peaceful holiday.

The Hartford Courant has advice on staying mindful over the holidays. The Zennist contemplates the cesspit. Archeologists are getting... read more »

Wisdom will be closed tomorrow and Friday, so this is our last "In Other News..." of the week....

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November 27, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The Buddha stated clearly that saying only what is true is not sufficient for skillful speech. Speaking skillfully also requires saying what is useful for the listener to hear.”—Rodney Smith, The Wisdom of Listening

“The Buddha stated clearly that saying only what is true is not sufficient for skillful speech....

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November 27, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a noble person (ariyapuggala), the word “noble” (ariya) here denoting spiritual nobility. There are four major types of noble persons. Each stage is divided into two phases: the path (magga) and its fruition (phala...

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On entering the irreversible path to the attainment of Nibbana, one becomes a noble person...

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