Far from being an expert on Buddhist literature, I’ve been collecting and reading the Buddhist sutras as found on buddistsutra.com.
There are many sutras represented. Originally, a sutra was thought to be an account of the oral teachings of the Buddha. However, like many oral traditions passed from generation to generation, there is no way to be certain if they accurately represent the Buddha’s literal teachings.
Practical Buddhism eschews dogmatic thinking in any form and this extends to the classification of ancient texts as holy scripture, venerated texts, or other such designations. The Buddha lived and died 2,600 years ago. In that time, innumerable changes have likely occurred to thsese written accounts of his oral teachings.
With that in mind, the following are some of the sutras that I find interesting and that relate to Practical Buddhism – Buddhism Without the Robes & Ritual. I’ll add more over time:
- The Buddha’s First Sermon
- The Buddha’s First Five Converts
- A Little Spell of Emptiness
- On Mindfulness of Breathing
- Uninterrupted Concentration