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01_intro_dependorig.pdf
01_intro_dependorig.pdf01 Dependent Arising4819 viewsAn introduction to dependent arising, focusing on the three key concepts of specific conditionality, dependent arising and the the dependently arisen.
damachak.pdf
damachak.pdfDhammacakkappavattana Sutta3509 viewsVen. Mahasi Sayadaw

The First Discourse of the Buddha, namely the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, commonly known as the Great Discourse on the Wheel of Dhamma. This is a series of discourses on the Dhammacakka Sutta by the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, a Questioner at the Sixth Buddhist Council in Myanmar, (Burma) 1954. Translated by U Ko Lay.
allexistence.pdf
allexistence.pdfThe 31 Planes of Existence3319 viewsThe suttas describe the 31 distinct planes or realms of existence into which beings can be reborn during their long wanderings through samsara. These range from the extraordinarily dark, grim, and painful hell realms all the way up to the most sublime, refined and exquisitely blissful heavenly realms. Existence in every realm is impermanent; in the cosmology taught by the Buddha there is no eternal heaven or hell. Beings are born into a particular realm according to both their past kamma.
a_taste_of_salt(2).pdf
a_taste_of_salt(2).pdfA Taste of Salt2902 viewsThe Sutta Pitaka was written down in the Pali language over 2,000 years ago. The Sutta Pitaka is made of five collections of suttas; the Digha Nikaya, the Majjima Nikaya, the Samyutta Nikaya, the Anguttara Nikaya, and the Khuddaka Nikaya. These texts remain the most complete record of early Buddhist teachings. The suttas fill thousands of pages, and it is a daunting task for most readers to read through the many volumes. A Taste of Salt draws 350 pages containing the central teachings of the Buddha from the roughly 5,000 pages of the Sutta Pitaka. The purpose of this collection is to make these essential texts more accessible to meditators and students of Buddhism.
02_mahanidana.pdf
02_mahanidana.pdf02 Dependent Arising: Examining specific conditionality2732 viewsExamining specific conditionality, with an emphasis on the
relationship between consciousness and mind/body.
03_mahatanhasankhaya.pdf
03_mahatanhasankhaya.pdf03 Dependent Arising: Nature of Consciousness2599 viewsContinuing to examine the nature of consciousness and related themes, such as its relationship to identity and insight.
mahasati.pdf
mahasati.pdfMaha Satipatthana Sutta2590 viewsVen. U Jotika and Ven. U Dhamminda

Practise in accordance with this Mahasatipatthana Sutta so that you can see why it is acknowledged as the most important Sutta that the Buddha taught. Try to practise all the different sections from time to time as they are all useful, but in the beginning start with something simple such as being mindful while walking, or the mindfulness of in and out breathing. Then as you practise these you will be able to practise the other sections contained within this Sutta and you will find that all the four satipatthanas can be practised concurrently. A Sutta should be read again and again as you will tend to forget its message. The message here in this Sutta is that you should be mindful of whatever is occurring in the body and mind, whether it be good or bad, and thus you will become aware that all conditioned phenomena are impermanent, unsatisfactory and not self.
words_of_buddha.pdf
words_of_buddha.pdfDaily Readings from Buddha's Words of Wisdom2562 viewsVen. Shravasti Dhammika

For over two millennium the discourses of the Buddha have nourished the spiritual lives of countless millions of people in India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. This book contains extracts from some of these discourses selected from the Pali Tipitaka and also from some post-canonical writings. Rendered into readable English, presented so that one extract can be read and reflected upon each day of the year and provided with a Readers Guide, this book is an indispensable companion for anyone trying to apply the Buddha's gentle message to their daily life.
04_vibhanga.pdf
04_vibhanga.pdf04 Dependent Arising: Vibhanga2458 viewsLooking at the standard "twelvefold formula" of dependent arising,and the question of life-after-life, or "rebirth.
damapada.pdf
damapada.pdfThe Dhammapada, a Translation2435 viewsVen. Thanissaro, Bhikkhu

The Dhammapada has long been recognized as one of the masterpieces of early Buddhist literature. Only more recently have scholars realized that it is also one of the early masterpieces of the Indian tradition of Kavya, or belles lettres. This translation is an attempt to render the verses into English in a way that does justice to both of the traditions to which the text belongs. Although it is tempting to view these traditions as distinct, dealing with form (Kavya) and content (Buddhism), the ideals of Kavya aimed at combining form and content into a seamless whole.
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