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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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"The purpose of meditation is not to reach nirvana and then disappear. If that was the case, it would be better that you manifested as a flower!"
- Lama Yeshe

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