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Renunciation Print E-mail

Introduction

In The Buddha And His Teachings (1998) concerning the perfections (pāramī) of a Bodhisatta, Narada Maha Thera translates and narrates  what the Buddha said about the value of  reninciation (nekkhamma):

Pāramī means that which enables one to go to the Further Shore.

Pāramī are those virtues which are cultivated with compassion, guided by reason, uninfluenced by selfish motives and unsullied by misbelief and all feelings of self-conceit.

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The Buddha’s Daily Routine Print E-mail

Introduction

Narada Maha Thera in The Buddha and His Teachings (1998) outlines the Buddha's daily routine:

The Buddha can be considered the most energetic and active of all religious teachers that ever lived. The whole day He was occupied with religious activities except when attending to His physical needs.

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The Factor of Keen Investigation Print E-mail

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Piyadassi Maha Thera, (1960) in The Seven Factors of Enlightenment, translates from the Pali and explains what the Buddha said about the enlightenmant factor of keen Investigation:

The second enlightenment factor is 'dhammavicaya,' keen investigation of the Dhamma. It is the sharp analytical knowledge of understanding the true nature of all constituent things, animate or inanimate, human or divine. It is seeing things as they really are; seeing things in their proper perspective. It is the analysis of all component things into their fundamental elements, right down to their ultimates.

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About Nibbāna Print E-mail

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Narada Maha Thera in The Buddha and His Teachings (1998) translates and narrates what the Buddha said about the characteristics of Nibbāna:

“What is Nibbāna, friend? The destruction of lust, the destruction of
hatred, the destruction of delusion – that, Friend, is called Nibbāna.”

Samyutta Nikāya

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Is Buddhism a Religion? Print E-mail

Introduction

Narada  Maha  Thera  in  The Buddha and His Teachings  (1998) addresses the question of whether Buddhism is a religion:

The Venerable Narada Maha Thera begins by quoting Prof. Rhys Davids who asks the question:

“What is meant by religion? The word, as is well-known is not found in languages not related to our own, and its derivation is uncertain. Cicero, in one passage, derived it from re and lego, and held that its real meaning was the repetition of prayers and incantations. Another interpretation derives the word from re and logo, and makes its original sense that of attachment, of a continual binding (that is, no doubt to the gods). A third derivation connects the word with lex, and explains it as a law-abiding, scrupulously conscientious frame of mind.”  (Narada 210)

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