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A Word about Sources

Traditionally, the words in the suttas assembled in the five nikayas (“groups” or “collections”) are accepted as the ipsissima verba, the actual words of the Buddha. So, when we quote from any text that has the word Nikaya in its title, we are quoting the Buddha directly.

We also quote from many other sutras and texts not in those collections. Two of these sources, the Bodhicharyavatara and the Dhammapada, deserve special mention here.

The Bodhicharyavatara is a book-length poem written by the monk Shantideva over a thousand years ago. Unusually for a Buddhist text, it attends closely to the needs and troubles ...

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