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Buddhist Literature Collection


Buddhist Literature Collection are works considered to be scripture or canonical works of Buddhism. The Western terms "scripture" and "canonical" are applied to Buddhism in inconsistent ways by Western scholars: for example, one authority refers to "scriptures and other canonical texts", while another says that scriptures can be categorized into canonical, commentarial and pseudo-canonical.

 
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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: One day he did become sick, very sick, and he remembered Fayen's words. The sickness was of that kind that shakes you to the very core and makes you reassess your life and your certainties. After he had convalesced he went to Fa-yen and studied with him for a long time.

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Householder Series

By: Jack Kornfield

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: So one has decided that spiritual practice is worthwhile for some reason. That doesn't mean that we have to go off in a monastery, but our household life, our driving, our interpersonal relations, they are our practice, and they require some working with. The next level or the next step in this is Right Attitude or Right Thought. One sees the value in inner life and sees that frankly our happiness is based on our heart considerably more than it is on external ci...

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Calling on the Name of Avalokiteshvara

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: It is said that, even in hell, if you remember the name or if you call on the name of Avalokiteshvara, you will find freedom.

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The Heart Awakened

By: Eileen Siriwardhana

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Mudita means appreciative joy at the success and good fortune of others. Evaluation of achievement is a precursor to mudita, and appreciation a component of mudita. Seeing the good in others and learning to recognize and admire what good there is, is what mudita tacitly implies. Laughter and exhilaration are not characteristics of mudita. Mudita is joy and appreciation flowing quietly out of the core of one's heart towards others like the waters from a spring fl...

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Householder Series

By: Jack Kornfield

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Sometimes I think the translation of the word mindfulness is incorrect in two ways. Right Mindfulness is a step of the Eightfold Path and is the center point of Buddhist practice. First, it's not a good translation because mindfulness is kind of an insipid word. Be mindful -- what does that mean? It doesn't have the kind of inspiring quality of spaciousness, courage, or living fully. Perhaps if you pronounced it differently and said, mindfulness, that would be a...

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Nothing Special

By: Venerable Ayya Khema

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Spiritual practice is often misunderstood and believed to be something special. It isn't. It is one's whole body and mind. Nothing special at all, just oneself. Many people think of it as meditation or ritual, devotional practice or chanting to be performed at a specific time in a certain place. Or it may be connected with a special person without whom the practice cannot occur. These are views and opinions which lead to nothing. In the best case they may result...

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The Ballad of Liberation from the Khandhas

By: Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: This text is a gift of Dhamma. You may print this file for your personal use, and you may make and distribute unaltered copies of this file, provided that you charge no fees of any kind for its distribution. Otherwise, all rights reserved.

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The Buddha and His Message Past, Present, And Future

By: Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: To begin, I would like to express my pleasure to be here today, on this auspicious occasion of the first international recognition and celebration of Vesak at the United Nations. Though I wear the robe of a Theravada Buddhist monk, I am not an Asian Buddhist but a native of New York City, born and raised in Brooklyn. I knew nothing about Buddhism during the first twenty years of my life. In my early twenties I developed an interest in Buddhism as a meaningful al...

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Buddha Dharma for University Student

By: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: These are the ground in which student of the truth of life must stake their principles. And it is the reality to which all study should lead.

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Dragging through the Mud

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: dragging through the mud. When knocking and resounding occur together, (it's still like) a silver mountain, an iron wall. If you describe and discuss, you see ghosts in front of your skull. If you seek it in thought, you sit beneath the black mountain.

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Buddhism and Beauty

By: Venerable Professor Dhammavihari

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In this manner the Buddha admitted the presence of unsatisfactoriness or suffering in the world, and by a method of analysis he pointed out to his disciples that attachment to things, without a correct view as to their true nature, was the cause of this suffering. Impermanence and change are inherent in the nature of all things. This is their true nature and to know it as such is the correct view, and as long as we are at variance with it, we are bound to run in...

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The Pools

By: Charlotte Joko Beck

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The text of The Pools has been reprinted from February & March 1989 issues of the Newsletter of the Zen Center of San Diego.

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Becoming Your Own Therapist an Introduction to the Buddhist Way of...

By: Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In this, the first publication of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, we pay tribute to our holy guru, Geshe Lama Thubten Yeshe Rinpoche, who brought the light of Dharma to the West. In Tibetan, yeshe means 'divine wisdom', and in this booklet, Lama's divine wisdom, love and compassion radiate from every word of his precious teachings, blessing all who read them, alleviating their suffering and bringing them quickly to enlightenment. It is our great joy to share Lama...

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Become Your Own Therapist

By: Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In this, the first publication of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archiv, we pay tribute to our holy guru, Geshe Lama Thubten Yeshe rinpoche,

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Beginning Insight Meditation and Other Essays

By: Dorothy Figen

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: For inspiration to write this little booklet I wish to thank my good friend and teacher, Anagarika Tibbotuwawa. I also wish to thank my husband for his kindly suggestions and excellent editing.

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The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings

By: Thich Nhat Hanh

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: the first realization explains and clarifies the four basic subject of Buddhist meditation:

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Sutra on the Buddha's Bequeathed Teaching (T.389)

By: Dharma Master Yau Chin Tripitaka Kumarjiva

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: When Shakyamuni Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma, he crossed over the Venerable Ajnatakaundinya. The very last time he spoke the Dharma, he crossed over the Venerable Subhadhra. All of those whom he should have crossed over had already been crossed over. He lay between the Twin Sala trees and was about to enter Nirvana. At this time, in the middle period of the night, all was quiet, without any sound. Then for the sake of all of his disciples he spoke on ...

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Beyond Belief

By: A.L. De Silva

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The purpose of this book is threefold. Firstly it aims to critically examine Christianity and thereby highlight the logical, philosophical and ethical problems in Christian dogma. In doing this I hope to be able to provide Buddhists with facts which they can use when Christians attempt to evangelize them. This book should make such encounters more fair, and hopefully also make it more likely that Buddhists will remain Buddhists. As it is, many Buddhists know lit...

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Beyond Belief

By: A.L. De Silva

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: he purpose of this book is threefold. Firstly it aims to critically examine the fundamentalist approach to Christianity and thereby highlight its many logical, philosophical and ethical problems. In doing this I hope to be able to provide Buddhists with facts which they can use when Christians attempt to evangelize them. ?is book should make such encounters fairer and hopefully also make it more likely that Buddhists will keep their faith. As it is, many Buddhis...

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Beyond Belief

By: A.L. De Silva

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: We have seen that the arguments used to prove God's exiostence are inadequate.

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