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Tripitaka

(tib.: de no sum) The three baskets. It refers to the collection of primarliy Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. Most of it has already been translated in English and it contains several thousand printed pages.

Tripitaka is divided in three parts:
1. Vinaya Pitaka - the teachings on ethical discipline in six volumes; 
2. Sutra Pitaka - more than 10.000 of Buddha Shakyamunis discourses and sermons; 
3. Abhidharma Pitaka - contains seven books of philosophical discourses.

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"This world we see is a painting born from the brush of discursive thought, and within it or upon it nothing truly existent can be found. All things in samsara and nirvana are but mental labels and projections. Knowing this one knows reality; seeing this one sees most true."
- 2nd Dalai Lama

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