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

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

Book Review: The Dharma of Dragons and Demons (David Loy & Linda Goodhew)

Fantasy is true, of course. It isn't factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced … Continue reading Book Review: The Dharma of Dragons and Demons (David Loy & Linda Goodhew)

Progress Report: Annotations and Mañjuśrī’s Sūtra for February

Now that I have a good translation of Kumārajīva's Diamond Sūtra finished, I'll begin working on an annotation that attempts to interpret it with both my personal reading and notes gleamed from the Vasubandhu/Asaṅga commentary that exists in Chinese. Perfection of Wisdom Sūtras are perplexing by design, but the Diamond Sūtra can seem like an … Continue reading Progress Report: Annotations and Mañjuśrī’s Sūtra for February