Serenity and insight are the two great wings of Buddhist meditation. They each have a special role to play in the path to Awakening. While some modern approaches seek to marginalize serenity in favor of ‘dry’ insight, the Buddha’s own discourses place serenity right at the center of the path. This book collects virtually all the significant passages on this topic that are found in the early discourses, carefully elucidated for the modern reader.
The Ekottara Agama (EA) is one of the major collections of early Buddhist discourses. Although it was originally written in an Indian language, today this collection only survives in a Chinese translation made by Gautama Sanghadeva between 397 and 398 and called 增壹阿含經 (zeng-yi ah-han jing, T 125). The Ekottara Agama is so-called because it is organized …
The Buddhist monastic codes (Vinayas) include a provision for a training period of two years for candidates for bhikkhuni ordination. This is one of the few aspects of bhikkhuni ordination that has no parallel in the ordination for monks. The sikkhamana training period is controversial, and is often not followed in modern practice. Santipada undertook a research project to bring together, translate, and analyze the major passages from all Vinayas that deal with the sikkhamana. While incomplete, this project still comprises the largest resource available on this topic.
The First Council was a critical turning point in Buddhist history, defining the direction Buddhism was to take after the death of its founder. Here is the account from the Mahīśāsaka Vinaya, translated from the Chinese canon.
Fifteen hundred years ago, Buddhist nuns from Sri Lanka braved the long sea voyage to China in order to introduce the authentic bhikkhuni ordination lineage. Here are their stories, translated from the ancient Chinese histories.