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Buddhism is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. The Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering, achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth. Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle").


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The Mppś is a commentary on the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā (“The Perfection of Wisdom in Five Thousand Lines”). In volume V, the bodhisattva of the PPS continues to adorn his future buddha-field by form...
by Nāgārjuna; translated by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön
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The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra recounts a teaching primarily between the Buddha and a bodhisattva named Mahāmati ("Great Wisdom"). The most important doctrine issuing from the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra is that of the prima...
translated by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
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Ksitigarbha (Di Zang Pu-sa) is a great bodhisattva who vowed to not become a buddha until everyone was released from hell. His birthday is observed on the thirtith day of the seventh lunar month. At or near that time a Dharma Asss...
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The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra teaches, among other subjects, the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed to both arhats and bodhisattvas by the layman Vimalakīrti ("Undefiled Reputation"),...
by Vimalakirti; translated by Robert A. F. Thurman
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· Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha's Summit Concerning the Tathgata's Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas' Myriad Practices. · Translated during the T'...
translated by BTTS
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