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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby Sylvester » Wed May 30, 2012 8:34 am




This is enough to make one weep ... with joy!

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby danieLion » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:21 am

Sylvester wrote:



This is enough to make one weep ... with joy!

Not for the faint-hearted.

Joy indeed. I found it real page turner.
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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:43 pm

Fingers walk the darkness down
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You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:02 pm

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You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:58 am

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You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:02 pm

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Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:30 pm

Burning Yourself: Paṭicca Samuppāda as a Description of the Arising of a False Sense of Self Modeled on Vedic Rituals, by Linda Blanchard

Journal of The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Vol. 2 May 2012
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If you try to take it home
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You better leave this dream alone
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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:34 pm

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You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:54 pm

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Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby daverupa » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:06 pm

ancientbuddhism wrote:Prakrit Versus Sanskrit: A Case Study...


:reading:

"Thus to conclude... Pali, Ardha-Magadhi, etc. developed into newer and newer forms of dialects and languages till they reached the present stage of vernaculars of northern and western India, while Sanskrit on the other hand remains alive like a barren woman cursing the children of others, like a museum piece for most of the Indians today and at the same time like a beautiful toy-dog for a handful who use it to entice as well as to frighten the innocent."

:lol:
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:36 pm

daverupa wrote:
ancientbuddhism wrote:Prakrit Versus Sanskrit: A Case Study...


:reading:

"Thus to conclude... Pali, Ardha-Magadhi, etc. developed into newer and newer forms of dialects and languages till they reached the present stage of vernaculars of northern and western India, while Sanskrit on the other hand remains alive like a barren woman cursing the children of others, like a museum piece for most of the Indians today and at the same time like a beautiful toy-dog for a handful who use it to entice as well as to frighten the innocent."

:lol:
I agree with your emoticon thingie; this is one of the sillier things I have read in a while.
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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:03 pm

Teaching the Abhidharma in the Heaven of the Thirty-three, The Buddha and his Mother, by Anālayo

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Vol. 2, May 2012
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Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:47 pm

Designations of Ancient Sri Lankan Buddhism in the Chinese Tripiṭaka, by Chuan Cheng

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Vol. 2, May 2012
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If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:17 am

Scribal and Authorial Openings in Theravāda manuscripts: Evidence from the Nevill Collection, by Kate Crosby

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Vol. 2, May 2012
Fingers walk the darkness down
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Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:47 am

A Geographical Perspective on Sectarian Affiliations of the Ekottarika Āgama in Chinese Translation (T 125), by Tse-fu Kuan

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Vol. 2, May 2012
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If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby ancientbuddhism » Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:38 pm

The Oral Composition and Transmission of Early Buddhist Texts, by Mark Allon, St John’s College, Cambridge

Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism and Bhakti (© Luzac Oriental, 1997)
Papers from the Annual Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions (1989 – 1994)

    “It is generally agreed that early Buddhist literature, of which the Pāli texts of the Theravāda canon are the most numerous and best preserved examples, was composed and transmitted orally.(1) This is considered to be the case for the following reasons:

    1. There is no reference to writing or writing materials in the principle Pāli nikāyas, (2) though there are many references to learning and reciting discourses (see below).(3)

    2. Although there are a few passages in the Pāli Vinayapiṭaka which indicate that the art of writing was known at the time when these Vinaya texts were put into their present form, these do not refer to texts and their preservation.(4)

    3. Despite detailed rules governing the use of all items used by the monks and nuns, the Vinaya has no ruling governing the use of writing materials. (5)

    4. There is no archaeological evidence for the use of writing in India during the early phase of Buddhism, that is, before the time of Aśoka (6) – although this view may have to be revised in the light of recent finds in Sri Lanka of Brāhmī characters on potsherds dating from this period. (7)

    5. Finally, many of the stylistic features of these texts indicate an oral origin. (8)”

    1. O. von Hinüber, 1990, chap. V (esp. p. 22), p. 30, chap. XIV; K.R. Norman, 1993a, p. 280; R. Gombrich, 1990a & 1990b; L.S. Cousins, 1989, esp. p. 1; S. Collins, 1992.
    2. R. Gombrich, 1992b, p. 27; O. von Hinüber, 1990, esp. p. 30.
    3. S. Collins, 1992, esp. pp. 124 – 25; R. Gombrich, 1990b, p. 26.
    4. T.W. Rhys Davids & H. Oldenberg, 1881, pp. xxxii – xxxv; cf. R. Gombrich, 1990b, pp. 27 – 8.
    5. T.W. Rhys Davids & H. Oldenberg, 1881, pp. xxxii – xxxiii; R. Gombrich, 1990b, p. 28.
    6. R. Gombrich, 1990b, p. 27. For the most recent views on writing in India, see O. von Hinüber, 1990, esp. pp. 54, 72 and K.R. Norman, 1993b, esp. pp. 243, 245 – 47.
    7. See R.A.E. Coningham, 1993. S.U. Deraniyagala dates these to 600 – 500 BC; R. Allchin/R.A.E. Coningham tentatively date them to 400 – 450 BC.
    8. O. von Hinüber, 1990, pp. 22 – 3; R. Gombrich, 1990a, pp. 7 – 8; 1990b, pp. 21 – 2; L.S. Cousins, 1983; G. von Simon, 1965; 1977, p. 479.
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Mind is on the midnight
Gather up the gold you've found
You fool, it's only moonlight.
If you try to take it home
Your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
Try to find another. – Townes Van Zandt ‘Lungs’

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:45 am

Discussion on the above split off here: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12923&start=0

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby piotr » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:12 pm

Hi,

Does anyone of you have access to Peter Masefield's essay “Mind/Cosmos Maps in the Pāli Nikāyas" from Buddhist and Western Psychology?
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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby vinasp » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:00 pm

Hi everyone,

The Philosophy Of Desire In The Buddhist Pali Canon, by David Webster.

http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/T ... xI7YRUSegC

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Re: Early Buddhism resources

Postby piotr » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:48 am

Hi,

“Reexamining Jhāna: Towards a Critical Reconstruction of Early Buddhist Soteriology” — Grzegorz Polak, Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2011

    Meditation occupied a very important place in early Buddhist soteriology. Until recently, the issue of early Buddhist meditation was not seen as particularly problematic or controversial. It was almost taken for granted, that the meditative tradition of Theravāda Buddhism was able to preserve the meditative teachings of early Buddhism in their pure form. This view can however no longer be maintained. It appears that there are several fundamental discrepancies between the early suttas and the later meditative scriptures of Theravāda Buddhism. Major internal discrepancies are also present in the Suttapiṭaka itself. Most controversies are connected with the status and the role of the meditative state known as ‘jhāna’. This book can be seen as a polemic with traditional, orthodox vision of early Buddhist meditation.
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