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Buddhist sacred texts

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Dhammapada

Dhammapada

Author: Friedrich Max Muller Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Dhammapada is a versified Buddhist scripture traditionally ascribed to the Buddha himself. It is one of the best-known texts from the Theravada canon. The title, Dhammapada, is a compound term composed of dhamma and pada, each word having a number of denotations and connotations. Generally, dhamma can refer to the Buddha's "e;doctrine"e; or an "e;eternal truth"e; or "e;righteousness"e; or all "e;phenomena"e;; and, at its root, pada means "e;foot"e; and thus by extension, especially in this context, means either "e;path"e; or "e;verse"e; (cf. "e;prosodic foot"e;) or both. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Sutta-Nipata

Sutta-Nipata

Author: Michael Viggo Fausboll Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Sutta Nipata is a Buddhist scripture, a sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. All its suttas consist largely of verse, though some also contain some prose. It is divided into five sections:Uraga VaggaCula VaggaMaha VaggaAtthaka VaggaParayana VaggaSome scholars consider this the oldest of all Buddhist scriptures. Others agree that it contains much very early material.

Buddhist Suttas

Buddhist Suttas

Author: Thomas William Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This book contains complete and/or excerpts from the following Buddhistic suttas:1. The Book of the Great Decease (the Mahparinibbna-Suttanta), which is the Buddhist representative of what, among the Christians, is called a Gospel. 2. The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness (the Dhamma-kakka-ppavattana-Sutta), containing the Four Noble Truths, and the Noble Eightfold Path which ends in Arahatship. 3. The Discussion on Knowledge of the Three Vedas (the Tevigga-Suttanta), which is a controversial dialogue on the right method of attaining to a state of union with Brahm. 4. The Sutta entitled 'If he should desire--' (kankheyya-Sutta), which shows in the course of a very beautiful argument some curious sides of early Buddhist mysticism and of curiously unjustified belief. 5. The Treatise on Barrenness and Bondage (the Ketokhila-Sutta), which treats of the Buddhist Order of Mendicants, from the moral, as distinguished from the disciplinary, point of view. 6. The Legend of the Great King of Glory (the Mahsudassana-Suttanta), which is an example of the way in which previously existing legends were dealt with by the early Buddhists. 7. The Sutta entitled 'All the savas' (the Sabbsava-Sutta), which explains the signification of a constantly recurring technical term, and lays down the essential principles of Buddhist Agnosticism.

Patimokkha

Patimokkha

Author: Thomas William Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsIn Buddhism, the Patimokkha is the basic Theravada code of monastic discipline, consisting of 227 rules for fully ordained monks (bhikkhus) and 311 for nuns (bhikkhunis). It is contained in the Suttavibhanga, a division of the Vinaya Pitaka.

Mahavagga

Mahavagga

Author: Thomas William Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Mahavagga includes accounts of the Buddha's and his great disciples' awakenings, as well as rules for uposatha days and monastic ordination.

Kullavagga

Kullavagga

Author: Thomas William Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

The Kullavagga includes accounts of the First and Second Buddhist Councils and the establishment of the community of Buddhist nuns, as well as rules for addressing offenses within the community.

Milinda Panha

Milinda Panha

Author: Thomas William Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsAccording to tradition, Menander embraced the Buddhist faith, as described in the Milinda Panha, a classical Pali Buddhist text on the discussions between Milinda and the Buddhist sage Ngasena. He is described as constantly accompanied by a guard of 500 Greek ("e;Yonaka"e;) soldiers, and two of his counsellors are named Demetrius and Antiochus. This type of discussion was known to ancient Greeks as a "e;sozo"e;, it is important for Buddhists to understand the cultural context in which this discussion was held. (from wikipedia.com)

Essential Buddhist Discourses

Essential Buddhist Discourses

Author: Henry Clarke Warren Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThis book contains the most important passages selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books. The aim of the present work is to take different ideas and conceptions found in Pli writings, and present them to the reader in English. Translation has been the means employed as being the most effectual, and the order pursued is in the main that of the Buddhist "e;Three Jewels"e; (in Pli, Ti-Ratana), to wit, The Buddha, the Doctrine, and the Order. The selections of the first chapter are on The Buddha; next follow those which deal chiefly with the Doctrine; while others concerning the Order and secular life constitute the closing chapter of the book. Contents:Chapter I. The Buddha. Introductory Discourse. 1. The Story Of Sumedha. 2. A List Of Former Buddhas. 3. The Characteristics Of A Future Buddha. 4. The Birth Of The Buddha. 5. The Young Gotamid Prince. 6. The Great Retirement. 7. The Great Struggle. 8. The Attainment Of Buddhaship. 9. First Events After The Attainment Of Buddhaship. 10. The Conversion Of Sriputta And Moggallna. 11. The Buddha's Daily Habits. 12. The Death Of The Buddha. Chapter Ii. Sentient Existence. 13. Questions Which Tend Not To Edification. 14. King Milinda And Ngasena Come To An Understanding. 15. There Is No Ego. 16. All Signs Of An Ego Are Absent. 17. No Continuous Personal Identity. 18. The Mind Less Permanent Than The Body. 19. What Is Unity Or One? 20. Analysis Of The Human Being. 21. The Composition Of The Body. 23. The Origin And Cessation Of The Human Being. 24. Inanimate Nature. 25. The Middle Doctrine. 26. Ignorance. 27. Karma. 28. Consciousness. 29. Name And Form. 31. Contact. 33. Desire. 34.

Psalms Of The Sisters

Psalms Of The Sisters

Author: Caroline Rhys Davids Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This book contains verses attributed, in the tradition of the Pali Canon, to certain eminent Sisters (Ther+-Bhikkhun+s) of the Buddhist Order, and forming the second and smaller portion of the work entitled Thera-ther+-gth-i.e. verses of the Elders, Brethren and Sisters.

Jataka Tales, Volume 1

Jataka Tales, Volume 1

Author: Robert Chalmers Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jtakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jti) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 1 through 150. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Jataka Tales, Volume 2

Jataka Tales, Volume 2

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, H. T. Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 151 through 300. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)

Jataka Tales, Volume 3

Jataka Tales, Volume 3

Author: Edward Byles Cowell, H. T. Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2012

This is the extended and annotated edition including* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys DavidsThe Jatakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jati) of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant-but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The Theravada Jatakas comprise 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. This book comprises poem 301 through 438. (courtesy of wikipedia.com)