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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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November 26, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe

#GivingTuesday represents a wonderful trend toward the Buddhist value of “dana”, or generosity, the very first of the Ten Paramita or Perfections. This article on #GivingTuesday is by Jonathan Greenblatt, from the White House Blog, and was originally posted on November 26, 2013.

Typically, the holidays are a...

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#GivingTuesday represents a wonderful trend toward the Buddhist value of “dana”, or...

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November 26, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem, that is a problem!” Without labeling difficulties as problems, leave your mind in its natural state. In this way, you will stop seeing miserable conditions as problems.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Transforming Problems Into Happiness...

“Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem,...

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