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Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:39 pm
by Nicholas
A large compilation of sutra passages arranged chronologically throughout Buddha's lifetime. Either the paperback or hardback are also available as a free PDF:

https://www.bdkamerica.org/book-product ... og_tid=285
Drawing from the vast scriptural resources of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, this comprehensive anthology offers representative selections of passages on various topics and aspects of Buddhism. The rich and diverse tradition has produced story, myth, legend, parable, metaphor and teachings through which the student of Buddhism can experience the flavor of the Dharma and its spirit of compassion and wisdom. This volume will be indispensable for the study of Buddhist insight and way of life. Its glossary, index, and list of textual sources will greatly assist in navigating this text.
Dr. Alfred Bloom, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion University of Hawaii

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:42 pm
by Nicholas
Here is a good one from page 40 among the 800 pages or so of this compilation:
The Buddha said, “Brahmin, if you claim not to affirm anything, you must not affirm the principle of not affirming anything.” Dighanakha said, “That is so; if I affirm the principle of not affirming, then that would be affirming something.” The Buddha said, “Brahmin, there are many like you who, while maintaining negation, do not abandon negation itself; those who are free of that error are few. In the world, there are those who say that they affirm all things and those who say that they affirm one part while not affirming another part. Among all these views, on the whole, the principle that affirms all things is closely related to greed, bondage, and attachment; and the principle that does not affirm all things is only distantly related to them. But in either case, if you firmly attach yourself to any of these principles, enemies will appear and engage in disputes, obstructions will form, and troubles will ensue. Those with wisdom perceive this and abandon those principles.

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:04 pm
by DNS
BDK sounds like a good organization. Which school of buddhism are they?

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:04 am
by Nicholas
DNS wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:04 pm
BDK sounds like a good organization. Which school of buddhism are they?
Mainly Mahayana I guess, not very sectarian though. But take a look at this short introductory book they have been giving away for 50 years or so:

Teaching of Buddha - BDK.pdf
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Re: Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:29 pm
by DNS
Yes, it appears they are mostly non-sectarian.

That was one of the first books on buddhism I read; it's very good. (The Teaching of Buddha)

Re: Buddha-Dharma

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:41 pm
by Nicholas
Even before the Bodhisattva manifested as the Prince, he taught Devas. From Buddha-Dharma page 4:
Then the Bodhisattva, for the sake of the host of divine beings, expounded the teachings: “All of you, first give rise to faith, venerate the teaching, hold the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha in your mind, and attain the path of the sages. Knowing that the world is impermanent and filled with suffering, abide in an egoless mind. With peace in your mind, do not give rise to thoughts of greed. Ceaselessly absorbed in meditation, attain wisdom and, using skillful means, guide those people who are shrouded by the darkness of ignorance.

“Even the marvellous adornments of the celestial world sink down into the lands of suffering when the good fortune that produced these adornments exhausts itself. Even greed is pathetically fleeting. All is as empty as a dream. Greed is never satiated; it is like being parched and drinking salt water.

“Therefore, urging yourself onward, attain the bliss of the uncreated. Should you attain transcendent wisdom, you will then realize fulfillment.

“Study the principles of things; do not become attached to words. Act in accordance with your words, and speak in accordance with your actions.

“Always be aware of your own evil, and do not look at the faults of others. Without your own actions, you will not receive the fruits of the actions performed by others.” The Bodhisattva instructed the host of divine beings with these words.