Buddhist Sutras and Sutta English

Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

"Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature." ­— Acvaghosha "Discourse on the Awakening of Faith" "Namo Amitabha" is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as ...

Medicine Buddha Sutra: video audio recitation of full Sutta — listening or reciting is a very empowering healing practice

Jason Espada recites the full Medicine Buddha Sutra, here, in a video with wonderful Medicine Buddha images, illustrations Tangkhas and statues for visual contemplation. Reciting or listening to the Medicine Buddha Sutra is a very empowering healing practice. ...

Kucchivikara-vattha: The Monk with Dysentery (Sutra teachings) “If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you?”

A Buddha Weekly reader requested we highlight the teaching of "The Monk with Dysentery". "I read somewhere that once Buddha came back to his monastery after a usual walk and found one of the monks was suffering while ...

Video with wonderful mantra chanting: Om Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha, the essence of Heart Sutra and Emptiness

The profound essence of Buddha Nature and Emptiness is beautifully expressed in the Heart Sutra Mantra, magnificently chanted by Yoko Dharma with video visualizations. [Full Heart Sutra text below video in English.] Watch this Buddha Weekly video here: ...

Buddha teaches us to view every meal as if we were reluctant cannibals: Samyukta Agama Sutra 373, the Four Nutriments

In The Discourse on the Four Nutriments, Gautama Buddha tells the story of a mother and father, lost in the desert and starving, resorting to cannibalism of their own son to survive. [Full sutta below.] No, this wasn't a ...

Letting Go — letting go of past, letting go of future, letting go is the hardest thing to do: Na Tumhaka Sutta

One of the most popular short Suttas, often presented as a "must read" to new Buddhists is the famous "Not Yours" Sutta or what I like to call the "Letting Go" Sutta. Although Na Tumhaka Sutta is really ...
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Understanding Dependent Co-Arising is critical to Buddhist practice: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta

In almost any "Buddhist" philosophical argument — for instance, "why should I meditate?" or "Is there a soul?" or "what happens after death?" or even, "what is the true nature of self?" — the impeccable logic of Dependent ...

Cankama Sutta: Walking Meditation Sutra: put some mileage on your Buddhist practice with formal mindful walking

Meditation is the metaphorical transport vehicle on the journey towards Enlightenment. Mediation is a key practice within the Noble Eightfold Path, specifically: Right Concentration (samma samadhi) and Right Mindfulness (samma sati). But, no one ever said the only way ...

The Maha Samaya Sutta: The Great Meeting Sutra: refuge from fear in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

The Maha Samaya Sutta is often chanted as a daily practice in Pali — and often at weddings and dedications of new buildings — and is considered a "protective blessing" as much as it teaches doctrine. The core ...

Soma Sutta: Sister Soma gets the better of Mara — what difference does being a woman make in Buddhism? None

The short and pithy Sutta of Sister Soma (Soma Sutra) stands as one of the clearest (and most unequivocal) illustrations of Buddha's teachings on the equality of women. A Buddhist nun meditating in the forests near Julichun India. ...

A Sutra for Troubled Times: Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra and Mantra— Purify Karma, Eliminate Illness and Prevent calamities

A special request from Buddha Weekly reader Mr Leung Mitchell John. Mr. Leung wrote to us and asked us to publish the Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra, a sutra for troubled times — for the merit and benefit of all ...

Difficult lesson of karma: even “mass murderer” turned Arhat, Angulimala, had to bear the consequences of 999 murders

The story of Angulimala stands as one of the great sutras on Compassion. Shakyamuni Buddha, alone and unarmed, sets out to single-handedly stop a mass murderer from killing his own mother — just to add a 1000th "severed finger" ...