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thera-chifuner.pdf
thera-chifuner.pdfTheravadin Buddhist Chinese Funeral1240 viewsGenerally, a Chinese funeral is a mixture of Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist rites. How then should a Theravadin Buddhist funeral be conducted? Venerable Suvanno, a respected and senior Theravadin Buddhist monk of Chinese descent explains how a Theravadin Buddhist Chinese funeral may be conducted.
kathina.pdf
kathina.pdfKathina: Then and Now1227 viewsThe kathina ceremony is now an internationally established celebration where the Sangha and the laity meet to participate in mutually rewarding, meritorious activities. Throughout the centuries, the way of carrying out the ceremony has changed with local interpretations, practices and customs. How much has deviated from the original scriptural tradition - how much is in accordance with the scriptures and how much is mere invention? In this booklet, Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu combines his scriptural knowledge and practical experience to scrutinise the kathina ceremony through two articles: The Scriptural Tradition of Kathina; Kathina Benefits - Illusion, Delusion and Resolution.
perfections.pdf
perfections.pdfThe Ten Perfections1187 viewsFor people in the modern world facing the issue of how to practice the Dhamma in daily life, The Ten Perfections provide a useful framework for how to do it. When you view life as an opportunity to develop these ten qualities - generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, persistence, endurance, truth, determination, good will, and equanimity - you develop a fruitful attitude toward your daily activities so that any skilful activity or relationship, undertaken wisely and in a balanced way, becomes part of the practice.

Passages in this guide are drawn from the Pali Canon and from the teachings of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.
wheel001.pdf
wheel001.pdfThe Seven Factors of Enlightenment1127 viewsThe Tipitaka, the Buddhist canon, is replete with references to the factors of enlightenment expounded by the Enlightened One on different occasions under different circumstances. In the Book of the Kindred Sayings, V (Saíyutta Nikáya, Mahá Vagga) we find a special section under the title Bojjhaóga Saíyutta wherein the Buddha discourses on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment in diverse ways. In this section we read a series of three discourses or sermons recited by Buddhists since the time of the Buddha as a protection (paritta or pirit) against pain, disease, and adversity.
Maung_-_Buddhism_and_the_Self.pdf
Maung_-_Buddhism_and_the_Self.pdfBuddhism and the Self1046 viewsOne of the most perplexing concepts in Buddhist philosophy is the doctrine of anatta, or ‘not-self’. Many have interpreted anatta to be a metaphysical assertion that there is no self, but I argue that this is mistaken. Rather, in line with Thanissaro Bhikkhu, I understand anatta as a practical strategy that has heuristic value in guiding one
towards liberation. Furthermore, I propose that the acceptance of a subjective self can be consistent with and justified in Buddhism. This will be the focus of this essay.
wheel394.pdf
wheel394.pdfFundamentals of Buddhism 1003 viewsFour Lectures:

1. The Essence of Buddhism (Radio Lecture, Colombo, 1933)
2. Kamma & Rebirth (Lecture, Ceylon University, 1947)
3. Paticca-Samuppada: Dependent Origination (Second Lecture under the Dona Alphina Ratnayaka Trust, University College, Colombo, 1938)
4. Mental Culture (Based on a lecture delivered in Tokyo, 1920).
truth_of_rebirth.pdf
truth_of_rebirth.pdfThe Truth of Rebirth: And Why It Matters For Buddhist Practice1001 viewsRebirth has always been a central teaching in the Buddhist tradition. The earliest records in the Pali Canon (MN 26; MN 36) indicate that the Buddha, prior to his awakening, searched for a happiness not subject to the vagaries of repeated birth, ageing, illness, and death. On the night of his awakening, two of the three knowledges leading to his release from suffering focused on the topic of rebirth. The first showed his own many previous lives; the second, depicting the general pattern of beings dying and being reborn throughout the cosmos, showed the connection between rebirth and karma, or action. When he did finally attain release from suffering, he recognized that he had achieved his goal because he had touched a dimension that not only was free from birth, but also had freed him from ever being reborn again.
udana.pdf
udana.pdfUdana: Exclamations869 viewsThe role of the Udana within the context of the Pali Canon is to focus on the values and principles—“meaning” in the larger sense of the term—that underlie the Buddha’s teachings. This point can be seen clearly in how each udana is organized. It begins with a narrative of an event or series of events, followed (with a few variations) by the formula: “Then, on realizing the significance/meaning (attha) of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed.” This, in turn, is followed by a spontaneous exclamation—a poem, a passage of prose, or a combination of the two—in which the Buddha expresses what that meaning or significance is.
itself.pdf
itself.pdfAwareness Itself: The Teachings of Ajaan Fuang Jotiko865 viewsContents: Introduction; Mind what you Say; Mind what you Eat; People practicing the Dhamma; Merit; Student/Teacher; Living in the World; The Celibate Life; Meditation; Breathing; Visions & Signs; Right at Awareness; Contemplation; Realization.
into_the_stream.pdf
into_the_stream.pdfInto the Stream: A Study Guide On The First Stage Of Awakening836 viewsThe Pali Canon recognizes four levels of Awakening, the first of which is called stream entry. This gains its name from the fact that a person who has attained this level has entered the “stream” flowing inevitably to Nibbana. He/she is guaranteed to achieve full awakening within seven lifetimes at most, and in the interim will not be reborn in any of the lower realms.

This study guide on stream entry is divided into two parts. The first deals with the practices leading to stream entry; the second, with the experience of stream entry and its results.
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