4 Key Characteristics about Buddhism

 
From the conversations the Buddha had with his followers we are able to learn some important aspects about Buddhism and the reason why the Buddha taught what he did. In this video I introduce some sutras that highlight four key characteristics of the Buddha’s teachings. In particular this video investigates whether blind faith is the order of the day in Buddhism or whether there is room for logical analysis and personal investigation, whether we need to expand our theoretical knowledge before we begin any sort of practice, and whether Buddhism is something that we should or shouldn’t become attached to.

 
 
 
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Provenance:©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Transcribed from a file provided by the translator. This Access to Insight edition is ©1997–2013. Terms of use: You may copy, reformat, reprint, republish, and redistribute this work in any medium whatsoever, provided that: (1) you only make such copies, etc. available free of charge; (2) you clearly indicate that any derivatives of this work (including translations) are derived from this source document; and (3) you include the full text of this license in any copies or derivatives of this work. Otherwise, all rights reserved. For additional information about this license, see the FAQ. How to cite this document (one suggested style): “Simsapa Sutta: The Simsapa Leaves” (SN 56.31), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, 10 February 2012, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.031.than.html . Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
 
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Provenance:©1974 Buddhist Publication Society. The Wheel Publication No. 48/49 (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1983), second edition. Transcribed from the print edition in 2005 by a volunteer, under the auspices of the Access to Insight Dhamma Transcription Project and by arrangement with the Buddhist Publication Society. Pali diacritics are represented using the Velthuis method. This Access to Insight edition is ©2006–2013. Terms of use: You may copy, reformat, reprint, republish, and redistribute this work in any medium whatsoever, provided that: (1) you only make such copies, etc. available free of charge and, in the case of reprinting, only in quantities of no more than 50 copies; (2) you clearly indicate that any derivatives of this work (including translations) are derived from this source document; and (3) you include the full text of this license in any copies or derivatives of this work. Otherwise, all rights reserved. For additional information about this license, see the FAQ. How to cite this document (one suggested style): “The Discourse on the Snake Simile: Alagaddupama Sutta (MN 22)”, translated from the Pali, with an Introduction and Notes by Nyanaponika Thera. Access to Insight, 1 December 2012, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel048.html . Retrieved on 19 July 2013.

 
 
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