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Buddhist Sacred Writings. Tripitaka ( or Three Baskets). The main written source of Buddha’s wisdom It is referred to as the Three Baskets because the palm leaf manuscripts Buddha wrote on were kept in three different baskets. These baskets are called

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tripitaka or three baskets
Tripitaka ( or Three Baskets)
  • The main written source of Buddha’s wisdom
  • It is referred to as the Three Baskets

because the palm leaf manuscripts

Buddha wrote on were kept in three

different baskets.

  • These baskets are called
    • Vinaya-Pitaka, Sutta-Pitaka, and Abhidhamma-Pitaka.
vinaya pitaka
Vinaya-Pitaka
  • “Basket of Discipline”
  • Consists of 5 books that address

the rules of monastic life.

sutta pitaka
Sutta-Pitaka
  • “Basket of Discourse”
  • Is 5 collections and contains the teachings

of Buddha.

  • This is considered the most important

text for Buddhists.

  • The Sutta-Pitaka also contains 424 verses

on ethics

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Example…

In this world hate never dispelled hate.

Only love dispels hate.

This is the law, ancient and inexhausitible.

Anger is like a chariot careering wildly.

He who curbs his anger is the true charioteer.

Others merely hold the reins.

abhidhamma pitaka
Abhidhamma-Pitaka
  • “Basket of Further Teachings”
  • Discusses the nature of consciousness and includes technical explanations of Sutta-Pitaka.
sutras
Sutras
  • The Mahayana school of Buddhism contributed to the sacred literature by adding Sutras.
  • These statements attempt to explain an individuals situation in life and how an individuals action might affect his or her next life.