The Ten Qualities of the Buddha

(to go with MN 27)   I.  Tathgata: “Thus Come” or “Thus Gone” “Thus Come” (tathā āgata): come to Buddhahood in the same way as all the Buddhas of the past have come, i.e., byfulfilling the Ten Perfections (pāramīs): giving, moral discipline, renunciation, wisdom,...

SN 15. Anamataggasaṃyutta

Connected Discourses on Without Discoverable Beginning   1 (1) Grass and Wood “Bhikkhus, this saṃsāra is without discoverable beginning.254 A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. Suppose,...

Culakammavibhanga Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya No. 135)

I. General statement of “law of karma” “Beings are (1) the owners of their actions; (2) the heirs of their actions; (3) their actions are their origin (yoni = womb), (4) their kinsman, (5) their refuge. (6) Their actions divide beings into the inferior and superior.”...

To the Kalamas

(Aṅguttara Nikāya, 3:65) Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was wandering on tour together with a large Sangha of monks when he arrived at a town of the Kālāmas named Kesaputta.47 Now the Kālāmas of Kesaputta heard: “It is said that the ascetic Gotama,...

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...