A Sketch of the Buddha's Life

Readings from the Pali Canon

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This modest selection of excerpts from the Pali Canon provides a rough sketch of the life of the Buddha. I hope you will find enough in this rather sparse selection to gain at least an inkling both of the range of the Buddhas teachings and of the sweeping trajectory of his extraordinary life....

In Short

The Buddha Teaches How To Realize True And Lasting Happiness: Nibbána

"There is that sphere where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither sphere of the infinitude of space, nor sphere of the infinitude of consciousness, nor sphere of nothingness, nor sphere of neither perception nor non perception; neither this world, nor the next world, nor sun, nor moon. And there, I say, there is neither coming, nor going, nor stasis; neither passing away nor arising: without stance, without foundation, without support [mental object]. This, just this, is the end of stress (dukkha)."

[Ud VIII.1]

"Both formerly and now, it is only stress (dukkha) that I describe, and the cessation of stress."

[SN XXII.86]

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