June Update: First Half of DĀ 30 Released

The editing of the Description of the World Sūtra (DĀ 30) continues, but I've released Chapters 1-7 of this large, multi-chapter sūtra that collects Buddhist cosmology and mythology into a single large text. This version that's found in the Dīrgha Āgama (DĀ) is one of four Chinese translations of this sūtra which are dated between … Continue reading June Update: First Half of DĀ 30 Released

April/May Update: Parinirvāṇa Sūtra Released

This month's releases represent an important milestone for me as a translator. I've released translations of both the Mahāvadāna Sūtra (DĀ 1) and the Parinirvāṇa Sūtra (DĀ 2). I first read and considered translating these two large sūtras that begin the Dīrgha Āgama about 15 years ago when I first became seriously interesting in translating … Continue reading April/May Update: Parinirvāṇa Sūtra Released

The Noble Fivefold Samadhi – A Parallel Sutra Quote to AN 5.28

An important sutta in modern discourse about the four jhānas in Theravāda Buddhism is AN 5.28, which contains material that appears to have been subsumed into the larger Mindfulness of the Body Sutta (MN 119). To date, no parallel has been found in the four Chinese Āgama collections; however, a full quote of a parallel to this … Continue reading The Noble Fivefold Samadhi – A Parallel Sutra Quote to AN 5.28

Four Cultivations of Samādhi: A Parallel to AN 4.41 Quoted in the Abhidharma Dharmaskandha

In the process of researching parallels to the four similes found in MN 119/MĀ 81 (the Mindfulness of the Body Sutra), I happened upon a quotation in the Sarvâstivāda’s Abhidharma Dharmaskandha that’s a direct parallel to AN 4.41. Below is a translation and comparison of the two texts. To give some background on the source of this quotation, … Continue reading Four Cultivations of Samādhi: A Parallel to AN 4.41 Quoted in the Abhidharma Dharmaskandha

August 2021 Update: Dīrgha and Madhyama Sutras Added

This month’s update includes two new Dīrgha Āgama sutras, bringing the total to 21. I also decided to begin editing and releasing Madhyama Āgama sutras that are sitting in draft form. In between these projects, I edited another story from the Chinese commentary on the Dharmapāda. DĀ 3 Govinda [DN 19] In this classic Jataka tale, a gandharva visits the Buddha … Continue reading August 2021 Update: Dīrgha and Madhyama Sutras Added

August Update: Four More Dīrgha Āgama Sutras released

It’s been a little more than a month since the last update, and I’ve released four more initial translations from the Dīrgha Āgama, which tally up to about 23,500 words in English. I recently decided to total up how many words in English that Dharma Pearls has published so far, and I was a bit … Continue reading August Update: Four More Dīrgha Āgama Sutras released