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"Just as the ocean has only one taste -- that of salt -- this Dhamma-Vinaya has
only one taste -- that of release."

Introduction to Buddhism | Works of Ven. P. A. Payutto | Practising Dhamma | Anthology | Reflections

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1. Introduction to Buddhism


"What is the ripening of suffering? ... I say that suffering ripens either
in confusion or in search."

There are currently four books in this section. The Buddha's Teaching In His Own Words presents that teaching in dramatic and vivid form: we are told everything we need to know and nothing we don't. Getting to Know Buddhism is a fine introduction to Buddhism, containing a detailed outline of the teachings of Buddhism and of its history, with special emphasis on the position of Buddhism in Thai society. Getting Off: A Portrait is the autobiography of a Western monk, unusual in its honesty, wit and depth of insight.

2. The Works of Ven. P. A. Payutto


Venerable P. A. Payutto (Ven. Phra Dhammapitaka) is widely acknowledged as Thailand's foremost Buddhist scholar. He has taught extensively in Thailand and also in the West. His experience and interest in both Eastern and Western cultures provide him with a rare scope for presenting Buddhist teachings and principles to modern sensibilities.

3. Practising Dhamma


To apply the Buddha's advice and instructions is to be practising the Dhamma (the Teaching). This is to take the Buddha's Teaching personally. If one takes that Teaching personally enough, one is practising Dhamma (the way things are in themselves, unappropriated and unconceived). The Buddha's Teaching then has a conclusion, at which point one can finally relax: there is no longer anything new to be experienced.

4. Anthology


The way to see is by seeing. Those who are blind, knowing nothing of sight, cannot even know their blindness. Indeed, ignorance (ie. self-deception) is the one thing that must be understood in order to be free from ignorance (self-deception). Whatever is said that spurs one to make the effort to see is well said. No amount of erudition will substitute for a call to action.

5. Reflections


The purpose of Purpose.
What should I do? (This is the question of Ethics.) No ethical action exists in isolation from a goal, a purpose. Our goal is to have goals, or a goal. Goals seek unification, a Purpose, purposes being way-stations.
Ethical action tends to be self-limiting.
Unethical action tends to be self-perpetuating.

Sukhothai Buddha

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