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.”...

An Extended Study of the Majjhima Nikaya

Exploring the Word of the Buddha Taught by Bhikkhu Bodhi January 2008 — December 2010   PART X An Extended Study of the Majjhima Nikaya This series of lectures explores the direct teachings of the Buddha himself as preserved in some of the oldest records of his...

Apannaka Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya No. 60)

Nihilism and Affirmationism Examination of Nihilism (natthikavada) = philosophical materialism; doctrine that life ends in death, deeds do not bring results in future lives (for full statement of view, see MN 76, p. 619; in DN 2 view is ascribed to Ajita Kesakambali)...