Going for Refuge & Taking the Precepts

Contents Preface Going for Refuge I. The Reasons for Taking Refuge 1. The dangers pertaining to the present life 2. The dangers pertaining to future lives 3. The dangers pertaining to the general course of existence II. The Existence of a Refuge III. Identification of the Objects of Refuge 1. The Buddha 2. The Dhamma

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The Noble Eightfold Path — The Way to the End of Suffering

Contents    Preface Abbreviations I. The Way to the End of Suffering II. Right View III. Right Intentions IV. Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood V. Right Effort VI. Right Mindfulness VII. Right Concentration VIII. The Development of Wisdom Epilogue Appendix: A Factorial Analysis of the Noble Eightfold Path Recommended Readings Notes About the

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Letter from Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on Buddhist holiday

VESAK 2012 Remembering the Buddha and his teachings with joy, gratitude, and generosity Dear Friend, The most important holiday in the Buddhist calendar, Vesak, is just around the corner. Starting on the full moon day of May, the month of Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha. It is a day

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Dana ── The Practice of Giving

Contents Introduction (Bhikkhu Bodhi) The Practice of Giving (Susan Elbaum Jootla) Giving in the Pali Canon (Lily de Silva) Giving from the Heart (M. O’C. Walshe) Generosity: The Inward Dimension (Nina van Gorkom) The Perfection of Giving (Acariya Dhammapala) About the Contributors Notes Introduction    by Bhikkhu Bodhi The practice of giving is universally recognized

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Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas

I. Competing Buddhist Ideals The arahant ideal and the bodhisattva ideal are often considered the respective guiding ideals of Theravāda Buddhism and Mahāyāna Buddhism. This assumption is not entirely correct, for the Theravāda tradition has absorbed the bodhisattva ideal into its framework and thus recognizes the validity of both arahantship and Buddhahood as objects of

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