Sutras

A Fool’s Folly: Tales from the One Hundred Parable Sutra

The One Hundred Parable Sutra is a compilation of parables used by the Buddha to demonstrate the principles of dharma to laymen and people unfamiliar with his teachings. The short, humorous stories follow the ill-fortunes of the foolish who continue in their folly to the amusement or disbelief of the people around them.

Sutras, The Masters

The Bhaddekaratta Sutta: The Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

The Bhaddekaratta Sutta is one of the many teachings the Buddha gave over the course of his 19 three-month practice periods at the Jetavana Monastery. It conveys the essence of a self-sufficient practice and way of existing – not clinging to the past or living for the future but diligently dwelling in current stability and freedom.

Sutras, The Masters

Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

The Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo – often referred to as the Heart Sutra – is the most ubiquitous sutra of the Mahayana canon. It forms part of a much longer work called the Prajnaparamita Sutra – the Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom – which was composed between 100 BCE and 500 CE. The Heart… Continue reading Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

Hiuneng
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From Huineng’s Platform Sutra: What Does Maha Mean?

Huineng was an illiterate woodcutter who became a Zen master and the sixth patriarch of Ch’an in China. His defining work is the Platform Sutra which emphasizes the importance of direct experience over intellect and learning in the study of Zen. In this extract from the second chapter of the sutra, entitled ‘Prajna’, he talks… Continue reading From Huineng’s Platform Sutra: What Does Maha Mean?

Buddha Sabbasava Sutta
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Which are the Unanswerable Questions?

Although the spirit of inquiry is at the heart of Buddhist practice, there are some questions that the Buddha deemed to be unanswerable, and discouraged his followers from asking. These are the deeply existential questions that seek answers about the nature of the self, the origin of the self and the state of the self… Continue reading Which are the Unanswerable Questions?