This section is an overview of the Buddhist Scriptures by Ven. Sayadaw
U Sobhana, with an article on "Collecting the Tipitaka"
which is the history of the first rehearsal of the Tipitaka. Included
is an explanation of the Tibetan Canon and the Chinese Tripitaka which
is composed mainly of Mahayana scriptures of the second 500 years,
yet translations were not restricted to scriptures of this middle
period. The Chinese Tripitaka also possesses a wealth of works of
early Buddhism as a good portion of the later productions.
An outline of the Pali Buddhist Canonical Scriptures of the Theravada
School. The is a unique work as it is probably the only material
that deals in outline with the whole of the Pali Buddhist Tipitaka.
Available as a BuddhaNet eBook:
(Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta). 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 from the Pali by Ven. Soma Thera. The instruction of
the Kalamas (Kalama Sutta) is justly famous for its encouragement
of free inquiry; the spirit of the sutta signifies a teaching that
is exempt from fanaticism, bigotry, dogmatism, and intolerance.
Also included is a Commentary
on the Kalama Sutta "A Look at the Kalama Sutta" by Bhikkhu
The Dhammapada, or the Treasury of Truth, consist of 423 verses
spoken by the Buddha on about 300 occasions in the course of his
teaching ministry of forty-five years. The gems of truth embodied
in these texts aptly illustrate the moral and philosophical Teachings
of the Buddha.+eBook
Practise in accordance with this Mahasatipatthana Sutta (Four Foundations
of Mindfulness) so that you can see why it is acknowledged as the
most important Sutta that the Buddha taught. 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. +eBook
This is an anthology of selected discourses (24 Suttas) of the Buddha
compiled by teachers of old. It is an anthology that has been translated
from the original Pali by Ven. Piyadassi Thera. These discourses
have a special appeal not only to the Theravada Buddhists but also
to the Mahayana Buddhists. It is interesting to find in this anthology
the simpler side as well as the deeper side of Buddha's teaching.
Apart from their doctrinal value, the selected discourses, when
recited, afford a protection against fear and misfortune.
Four Discourses on moral instructions for householders. These translations
are adapted from the translations and notes in "The Light of
the Dhamma" by the late Venerable Narada Thera. Sigalovada
Sutta: The Layman's Code of Discipline (Digha Nikaya,
No. 31); Maha Mangala Sutta: Blessings (Sutta Nipata
vv. 258-269); Parabhava Sutta: Downfall (Sutta Nipata,
vv. 91-115); Vyagghapajja Sutta: Conditions of Welfare (Anguttara
Nikaya, Atthaka-nipata, No. 54).
from the Pali Canon. [The Buddha] So this is what you think of me:
"The Blessed One, sympathetic, seeking our well-being, teaches
the Dhamma out of sympathy." Then you should train yourselves
- harmoniously, cordially, and without dispute - in the qualities
I have pointed out, having known them directly: the four frames
of reference, the four right exertions, the four bases of power,
the five faculties, the five strengths, the seven factors of Awakening,
the Noble Eightfold Path. M.103
Commentary by Grand Master T'an Hsu. Translated into English by
Venerable Dharma Master Lok To. The Prajna Paramita Hrydaya Sutra
is the core of the Maha Prajna Paramita in six hundred scrolls,
Its teachings of supramundane Void as the only true existence, the
true Void being mysteriously concealed in the existing. Therefore
one might say that the substance of this sutra is the characteristic
of Void in all Dharmas; non-obtaining is the purpose. There is nothing
to be obtained from the manifestation of Dharmas, all Dharmas being
void, or empty. All Dharmas, as well as the five Skandhas are empty
of self, completely free from thought.+eBook
Shuns expertise and writings in Buddhism have been widely
acknowledged by the Chinese Buddhists this century. The "Miao
Yun Collection" or "Teachings in Chinese Buddhism"
written by the Venerable Yin Shun provides us with important information
and a systematic approach to Buddhism, and giving us a better insight
and understanding of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. +eBook
This is one of the most popular Chinese Mahayana Sutras. In
it the Buddha Speaks about the Deep Kindness of Parents and the
Difficulty in Repaying it. The
Buddha is said to have told Ananda "Use this name when you
accord with it and uphold it."
in the past and its value for the present - from the book Abhidhamma
Studies: Researches in Buddhist Psychology, by Ven. Nyanaponika,