Pali Canon Studies

The Teaching and Example of the Historical Buddha

A Sutta Commentary
by Ryuei Michael McCormick

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These essays are part of a book on the life and teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha according to the Pali Canon and/or the Agamas that I have been writing since college. I am restricting myself to the Pali Canon and the Agamas in an effort to present only what is likely to have been taught by the historical Shakyamuni Buddha. While the essays which constitute this work in progress are informed by Mahayana and Theravada teachings, my main purpose was just to present what I perceive to be the most straightforward meaning of the canon. In the future, I hope to cover the Mahayana canon in the same way. Ultimately, I hope to take all this material and show how it does or does not relate to the faith, teaching, and practice of Nichiren Buddhism as a source of common sense and spiritual guidance.

  • The Life of the Buddha (Revised)

  • The Nature of the Buddha (Revised)

  • What is Buddha Dharma?

  • The Deer Park Sermon: First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma

  • The Human Condition

  • On Karma and Rebirth

  • On Dependent Origination

  • Family Values: The Way of Life for Lay People

  • Following the Path: 37 Requisites to Enlightenment

  • Nirvana

  • The Formation of the Sangha

  • The Quarrel at Kosambi

  • Angulimala: the Serial Killer Who Became a Saint

  • The Devadatta Story

  • The Buddha's Final Year

  • Ryuei.net > Historical Buddha > Page One > Questions?

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