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Audio/Video

Textual fundamentalism requires texts.

An excerpt from an interview on Chinese Pure Land making the point that while we tend to think of Mahayana Devotionalism as a separate sect, historically it was seen rather as an optional practice available to all Buddhists.

A series of Dhamma talks delivered to series beginners over the course of a few months in 2009. The talks give a penetrating introduction to the essence of the teachings and are recommended for all.

An engaging lecture at Spirit Rock on using text critical methods and personal practice to narrow in on an understanding of early Buddhist meditation practices.

The text jumps inside me and helps. me. out.

So, when you’re studying Buddhism, what are you studying?
I know the answer. I’m studying me.
I’m studying me.

Don’t try to be someone else

Essays

Articles

By the ariya, the cessation of sakkaya is seen as happiness. This is the reverse of the outlook of the entire world!

Only a man could dream of Heaven as a place where he can lie about all day, surrounded by beautiful women

The Buddha’s bad karma refers to ten problematic incidents that happened in the life of the historical Buddha. […] The texts related to the bad karma of the Buddha can be divided into two groups: those texts accepting the bad karma and those rejecting the whole matter.

Given the fact that the praiseworthy qualities of the Buddha are the main theme of the Mahāsakuludāyi-sutta and its parallel, it is not surprising if the tendency to elevate the Buddha’s status would to some degree also have influenced the reciters responsible for transmitting the discourse. A comparison of the two versions in fact reveals several instances where this tendency is at work

A guided reading of a small section of the Abhidhamma related to how different Indian schools explained time and a hypothesis about how they may have debated the topic amongst themselves.

On separating out early from later Buddhism and why it matters.

Epithets of the Buddha (1991)

Featured in the course, " The Buddha"

the most truthful way of regarding illness — and the healthiest way of being ill — is one most purified of, most resistant to, metaphoric thinking

Three sūtras in the SA which deal with emptiness especially attracted the attention of the author of the Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa

what was the religious environment that encouraged the spread of the new technology of printing in late seventh century China?

Papers

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