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A Small Collection of Mahayana Sutras

  The Prajñāpāramitā and Mahayana The Prajñāpāramitā texts demand too much attention to deny them some form of recognition on …

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The Prajñāpāramitā

The Prajñāpāramitā Suttas Much is made of the Prajñāpāramitā in Mahayana Buddhism. The Suttas are held in very high regard. As …

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Theravada Buddhism

Theravada Buddhism - The Noble Eightfold PathFor those just starting their journey into Theravada Buddhism I would suggest you look into the article ‘Siddhartha’s Early Life‘, the Suttas (or Discourses) contained therein give a brief overview of Siddhartha Gautama’s early life before he became known as the Buddha. A little history is no bad thing.

Once you have read the life story of the Buddha then it is time for you to check the Four Noble Truths; these are dealt with separately in articles on the right hand menu. The Noble Eightfold Path has now been added and is the next step on from the Four Truths. The Four Noble Truths however, are the cornerstone of everything the Buddha spoke about in his 45 year ministry, so you really do need to get your head around them. Once you have the 4 Truths dealt with then the Suttas are your Oyster!

May all sentient beings live without fear!



A Quick Note About *Dhamma and Theravada Buddhism

Therevada Buddhism - Buddha by Otgonbayar Ershuu

Buddha by Otgonbayar Ershuu

Samsara, or the round of rebirth and death, continues to tie the worldling (you and me) to this three-dimensional reality. Everything we experience results in suffering in some form or other. We may have the most amazing family holiday together but we still suffer and mourn during the journey home. We may be living with a partner we could never have hoped to acquire, yet 50 or 60 years later we will have to come to terms with losing them, thus such bliss results in suffering. Every single one of us will endure illness, old age and death… all forms of suffering; yet the Buddha shows us a way out of this continual circus. The Buddha shows us how to escape Samsara, the round of rebirth and death.

I hope this website will be an easy introduction to Theravada Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition or ‘Way of the Elders’. It is believed to be the closest tradition extent to what the Buddha actually taught. Emphasis is placed on the Sutta Nikaya or Basket of Discourses and thus on the words of the Buddha himself (see The Tipitaka: The Recorded Teachings of the Buddha). Later commentaries are also consulted but it is the Suttas that are primary to the Theravada tradition.

Please feel free to contact me using the form available at the top of this site, but please bear in mind, I am also a beginner and claim no authority in the Middle Way.