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By John J. Holder

Twenty discourses from the Pali Canon—including these such a lot necessary to the examine and instructing of early Buddhism—are supplied in clean translations, observed through introductions that spotlight the most topics and set the information awarded within the context of wider philosophical and spiritual matters. Taken jointly, those interesting works supply an account of Buddhist teachings without delay from the earliest basic resources.
In his common creation, John J. Holder discusses the constitution and language of the Pali Canon—its significance in the Buddhist culture and the old context during which it developed—and provides an outline of the elemental doctrines of early Buddhism.

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Because the connection between craving and feeling is so critical to gaining control over the processes of experience, the discourse presents a secondary sequence of dependent arising that is interpolated between these two links. Special attention should be given to the fact that dependent arising commences where psycho-physicality5 and consciousness mutually condition one another. In other words, there is no single factor from which the chain of causal links arises, and yet there is no infinite regress of causes either.

So a third time the group of five monks said this to me: ‘But, friend Gotama, by this conduct, practice, and performance of austerities you did not attain any superior human states, any knowledge and vision befitting a noble one. So how is it now, having reverted to living in luxury and wavering 14 Brahmacariya. ’ “‘Monks, the Tatha¯gata is an arahant, a fully enlightened one. Listen, monks, the deathless has been attained. I will instruct you. I will teach you the dhamma. ’ “And I was able to convince the group of five monks.

Having said this, Uddaka Ra¯maputta said this to me: ‘Let the venerable one live [here]. ’ So I very soon and quickly mastered this dhamma. I spoke the doctrine of knowledge and the doctrine of the elders, as far as mere lip service and repetition were concerned. ’ Then I had this thought: ‘Ra¯ma6 did not merely proclaim this dhamma by means of faith. ’ “Then I approached Uddaka Ra¯maputta. ’ This having been said, Uddaka Ra¯maputta proclaimed the plane of neitherperception-nor-nonperception.

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