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Discourse on Transforming Violence and Fear

1) Let us listen and observe to understand how, from a happy and wholesome state, people have brought society into a state of terror and violence. How have past generations acted for the situation to become like this? I want to talk to you about this suffering and tell...

Attadaṇḍa Sutta, #16 of the Arthapada, Taishō 198, Snp 4.15
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Discourse on Turning the Wheel of the Dharma

This is what I have heard. At one time the World-Honored One was staying near Varanasi at Isipatana in the Deer Park. At that time the World-Honored One addressed the group of five monks, saying, “Bhikkhus, there are two extremes that a monk should avoid. What are the two?...

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, Samyutta Nikāya 56.11.
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Invoking the Bodhisattvas’ Names

We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara. We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve the suffering in the world. You know how to listen in order to understand. We invoke your name in order to practice listening with all our attention and open-heartedness. We will...

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Discourse on the Middle Way

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying at the guest house in a forest of the district of Nala. At that time, the Venerable Kacchayana came to visit him and asked, “The Tathagata has spoken of Right View. How would the Tathagata...

Kaccānagotta Sutta, SN 12.15, SA 301
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Discourse on Measuring and Reflecting

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when he was staying with the Bhagga people in Sumsumaragiri, in the Deer Park in the Bhesakala Grove. The Venerable Mahamoggallana addressed the bhikkhus, “My friends.” “Yes, friend,” they replied to the Venerable Mahamoggallana. The Venerable Mahamoggallana spoke as follows:...

Anumāna Sutta, Majjhima Nikāya 15
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Discourse on Happiness

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was living in the vicinity of Savatthi at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. Late at night, a deva appeared whose light and beauty made the whole Jeta Grove shine radiantly. After paying respects to the...

Maṅgala Sutta, Sutta Nipāta 2.4
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Anuradha Discourse

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying in the gabled house in the Great Forest near the town of Vesali. At that time, the Venerable Anuradha was staying in a hermitage in the forest not far from where the Buddha was. One...

Anurādha Sutta, Samyutta Nikāya 22.86; SA 106
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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

I heard these words one time when the Buddha was staying at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove, near Shravasti. At that time, the Bhikshu Arittha, who before being ordained had been a vulture trainer, had the wrong view that according to the teachings of the Buddha, sense...

Arittha Sutra, MA 220 & Alagaddupama Sutta, MN 22
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Discourse on the White-Clad Disciple

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when he was staying at the monastery in the Jeta Grove near Shravasti that had been donated by the layman Anathapindika. On that day, Anathapindika came with 500 other lay students of the Buddha to the hut where Shariputra resided....

Upasaka Sutra, Madhyama Āgama 128
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Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings

Wholeheartedly, day and night, disciples of the Awakened One should recite and meditate on the Eight Realizations discovered by the Great Beings. The First Realization is the awareness that the world is impermanent. Political regimes are subject to fall. Things composed of the four elements are empty, containing within...

Taishō Revised Tripiṭaka 779
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Discourse on the Great Emptiness

This is what I heard: One time the Buddha was staying in a village of buffalo herders of the Kuru people. At that time the Buddha called the monks to him and said: “Monks I shall teach you the Dharma that is beautiful in the beginning, the middle and...

Samyukta Āgama 297, 大空法
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Discourse on Emptiness in the True Sense of the Word

This is what I heard one time when the Buddha was residing with the Kuru people, in the village of Kalmasadamya. The World-Honored One addressed the monks: “I will offer you now the Teaching that is good at the beginning, good at the middle and good at the end;...

Saṃyukta Āgama 335, 第一義空
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Elder Discourse

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying at the monastery in the Jeta Grove, in the town of Shravasti. At that time there was a monk named Thera (Elder), who always preferred to be alone. Whenever he could, he praised the practice...

Theranāmaka Sutta, Samyutta Nikāya 21.10
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Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness

This is what I heard the Buddha say one time when he was staying in the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. At that time the Buddha had with him a Sangha of 1,250 bhikshus, all arhats and the most well-known among his senior disciples, including Shariputra, Mahamaudgalyayana, Mahakashyapa,...

Sukhāvatī-Vyūha Sutra, Taishō Revised Tripiṭaka 366
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Discourse on the Absolute Truth

He who still abides by a dogmatic view, considering it as the highest in the world, thinking “this is the most excellent” and disparaging other views as inferior, is still considered not to be free from disputes. When seeing, hearing, or sensing something and considering it as the only...

Paramatthaka Sutta, Sutta Nipāta 4.5
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Store of Precious Virtues Discourse: Practice of the Highest Understanding

Bodhisattvas, who in this life endeavor to removeall obstacles and afflictions,giving rise to a peaceful mind with confidence,dwelling in awakened calm—rely on the Practice of the Highest Understanding. All the rivers on Roseapple Island,producing the healing herbs, fresh fruits and flowers,derive their power from the Naga Kingwho dwells in...

Prajñaparamita Ratnaguna Samcaya Gāthā, Taishō 229
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Discourse on the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma: Universal Door Chapter

Buddha of ten thousand beautiful aspects,may I ask you this question:“Why did they give that bodhisattvathe name Avalokita?” The World-Honored One, beautifully adorned, offered this reply to Akshayamati:“Because actions founded on her deep aspiration can respond to the needs of any being in any circumstance. “Aspirations as wide as...

Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra, Chapter 25, Taishō 262
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The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore (Heart Sutra)

Avalokiteshvarawhile practicing deeply withthe Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,suddenly discovered thatall of the five Skandhas are equally empty,and with this realisationhe overcame all Ill-being. “Listen Sariputra,this Body itself is Emptinessand Emptiness itself is this Body.This Body is not other than Emptinessand Emptiness is not other than...

Prajñāpāramitā-hṛdaya Sūtra, Taishō 251
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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying at the monastery in the Jeta Grove, in the town of Savatthi. He called all the monks to him and instructed them, “Bhikkhus!” And the bhikkhus replied, “We are here.” The Blessed One taught, “I...

Bhaddekaratta Sutta, Majjhima Nikāya 131
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Discourse on the 5 Ways of Putting an End to Anger

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when he was staying in the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove near the town of Shravasti. One day the Venerable Shariputra said to the monks, “Friends, today I want to share with you five ways of putting an end...

Dutiyaāghātapaṭivinaya Sutta, AN 5.162, MA 25
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Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was staying in the Mango Grove in the cool shade of the mango trees along the bank of the river Bhadra in the land of Magadha. The elders Shariputra and Maudgalyayana had recently passed away. It was...

Samyukta Āgama 639, also: Ukkacela Sutta, SN 47.14
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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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