The Buddha's discourses

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The Buddha's discourses

Postby Buddha Within » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:42 am

Hello friends,

I've had an interest in Buddhism for some years and wish to attain peace in my life so I'm going to make a dedicated effort to the Dhamma, and I know the Buddha said it was good to have spiritual friends so here I am. :woohoo:

I want to read the discourses of the Buddha in their logical order but don't know where to begin. I've got Bhikkhu Bodhi's Long, Middle and Connected Discourses of the Buddha and a copy of the Dhammapada. Do these cover everything or are there other resources I need?

Thank you in advance. :bow:

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:57 am

Welcome Buddha Within.

This thread may be helpful: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

I found Bhikkhu Bodhi's collection, In the Buddha's Words ... n=&image=1
a useful way of understanding the structure and organisation of the suttas.

His extensive talks on the Majjhima Nikaya ... ikaya.html
Sutta Nipata
and on the suttas included in "In the Buddhas words"
are very good.

See also:
Befriending the Suttas
Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses
by John T. Bullitt ... nding.html


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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:01 am

My suggestion would be to begin with The Four Noble Truths, which include the Noble Eight Fold Path. This is Buddha's central message to all beings and forms the foundation for his justification for being of assistance to all beings within the samsaric realms. You can research this through the writings of Bhikkhu Bodhi, or you may begin here:

The Four Noble Truths
A Study Guide
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

This is a great forum for learning. Take full advantage of the years of knowledge accumulated by this online sangha. May your efforts lead you to unbinding and release.

Ron _/\_
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby Buddha Within » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:11 am

Thank you and kind regards. I didn't realize I had a copy of In The Buddha's Words. I'll start there. :namaste:

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby Buddha Within » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:15 am

I've got Ajahn Sumedho's translation of the Four Noble Truths printed out. I'll read that as well. Thanks! :toast:

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:45 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby Sam Vara » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:12 am

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Re: The Buddha's discourses

Postby Bakmoon » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:43 pm

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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