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The Rise of the Concept of ‘Own-Nature’ (Sabhāva) in the Paṭisambhidāmagga


Noa Ronkin (Gal)

The Buddha’s teaching, as it is recorded in the first basket of the Pali Canon, the Sutta-piaka, is presented as the path leading to the solution of the fundamental problem of human existence, namely, dukkha, customarily translated as ‘suffering’. The Buddha’s message contains doctrinal concepts and theoretical statements on the nature of suffering, its cause and the way to its cessation, but these are merely guidelines for making sense of Buddhist thought and do not amount to a systematic theory.


Crossing the wilderness: how the Buddha narrates his own travels.


Sarah Shaw

In this paper I would like to look at a travel story of a different kind. It describes a physical journey, but begins a collection of stories about travel in a larger sense: the journey of one individual, and his followers,  across many lifetimes and rebirths as different kinds of  animal, human and god.


Kindness and Compassion as means to Nirvana in Early Buddhism


Richard Gombrich

This is the title of Professor Richard Gombrich's Gonda Lecture given in 1997 in the Netherlands. Reference:

Gombrich, R., Kindness and Compassion as Means to Nirvana. (1997 Gonda Lecture), Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998.

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