Buddhist Sūtras & Main Texts

Itivuttaka | Buddhas Discourses

Itivuttaka | Buddhas Discourses The Itivuttaka, a collection of 112 short discourses, takes its name from the statement at the beginning of each of its discourses: this (iti) was said (vuttaṁ) by the Blessed One. The collection as a whole is attributed to a laywoman named Khujjuttarā, who worked in the palace of King Udena of Kosambī as a servant to one of his queens,...

Majjhima Nikāya | Suttas

The Majjhima Nikāya is the second collection of the Buddha's discourses found in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Its title means literally the Middle Collection, or Collection of Middle-length Discourses and it is so called because the suttas it contains are generally of middle length. The Majjhima Nikāya consists of 152 suttas. These are divided into 3 parts called Sets of Fifty (paṇṇāsa),...

The Instructions of Gampopa

No great introduction is needed to His Holiness Gampopa - probably the most prominent Teacher in Tibetan Buddhism of the 12th century, the most important student of the famous Jetsun Milarepa - and teacher of the First Karmapa, the men who established the Kagyu lineage of transmission in Tibetan Buddhism. His name Gampopa literary means "the man from Gampo", but He is also known as...

Advice to Rāhula | MN 62

The Long Discourse Giving Advice to Rāhula (Mahārāhulovādasuttaṁ, MN 62) An important discourse by the Buddha to his son Rāhula on the development of meditation on the elements as a precursor to mindfulness while breathing; from Majjhima Nikāya (MN:62) or Middle Length Discourses of Buddha. Whatever form there is, Rāhula, past, future, or present,“This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my...

Friendliness Meditation | Mettabhāvanā

Mettabhāvanā (Śri Laṅka version. Friendliness Meditation (Chanting; given in Pali / English)(based on Paṭisambhidāmagga and Visuddhimagga. - One of the best chants for recitation in Theravada Buddhism to develop Loving Kindness, Friendship and Compassion to all living beings - in one word - Metta in canonical Pali language. The Metta prayer given here in Pali language and parallel English translation.

The Dhammapada | with Commentary

The Dhammapada — The Path to Truth — is an excellent book to keep in one’s pocket and refer to at leisure. The Dhammapada' is a collection of the Buddha's words or basic and essential principles of the Buddha's Teaching. It consists of 423 verses arranged according to topics in twenty-six vaggas or chapters. The meaning of the verses is greatly clarified by the stories...

Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra

The Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra or else known as Infinite Life Sūtra is one of the three most significant Buddhist Sūtras in the Pure Land Buddhism school, extolling the story of Buddha Amitābha (Amitāyus), his wows to help all living beings in the after-death state and how to reach his Land of Ultimate Happiness (Sukha) or otherwise known as the Pure Land of Amitābha. The sutra...

Amitabha-meditation Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra

The famous "Sutra on the Contemplation of Buddha Amitāyus" (also called the "Amitāyus Meditation Sutra" or Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra) is revered as canonical by all Pure Land Buddhists, and is one of the Three Sutras of Pure Land Buddhism, the others being the Larger Sukhāvatī-vyūha Sutra and the Smaller Sukhāvatī-vyūha Sutra. In this sutra, the Nembutsu (Namu Amida Butsu) is specifically proclaimed as the avenue to...

Smaller Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra | Amitābha sutra

The Smaller Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra or else known as Amitābha Sūtra is one of the three most significant Buddhist Sūtras in the Pure Land Buddhism school, extolling the story of Buddha Amitābha (Amitāyus), his wows to help all living beings in the after-death state and how to reach his Land of Ultimate Happiness (Sukha) or otherwise known as the Pure Land of Amitābha. It is frequently...

Theravada Protection Chants

Theravada Protection Chants are 3 groups of recitals used often in Theravada Buddhism for Protection, Development of Compassion and Good Qualities and Blessing. They can be chanted each one separately or one after another, preferably in given order, but if you have less time - they can be chanted also separately. All texts are given in canonical Pali language and English translation. The best known...

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