9. Pali Canon

The Buddha lived and taught in an oral culture, his teachings determined by those he was addressing. The Pali Canon, originating in the first one hundred years after the Buddha's death, is one of the earliest written records of his teachings and is the only complete early version that has survived more or less intact. It therefore represents the closest we can come to the historical Buddha's actual words. Although the Pali Canon has been handed down by the Theravadin school of Buddhism, its texts represent teachings from the time before the Buddhist community divided into different schools, and are thus a source of the common heritage of the entire Buddhist tradition. They cover a wide range of topics, addressing both monastic and lay concerns and clarify many fundamental Buddhist doctrines including compassion, ethical conduct, the path of spiritual development and transformation, and liberation of the mind. For Everyday Zen, these texts are foundational, and we return to them again and again, but always with the flexible Zen spirit of Suzuki roshi’s “beginner’s mind.”

Books

 
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The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya
This translation of the Digha Nikaya (Long Discourses) contains the important Parinibbana sutta, the story of the Bud...
Maurice Walshe
Oct 25, 1995
Bhikkhu Bodhi Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Mar 25, 1995
In the Buddha’s Words
A wonderful anthology compiled by an American scholar monk living in Asia.
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Jul 28, 2005
First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening
A very important book. Translation and discussion of the poems of the Therigata, written by the first women to be ord...
Susan Murcott
Feb 14, 2006
The Dhammapada
The best among the many English translations of this inspiring poetic text.
Gil Fronsdal
Dec 05, 2006
Sutras from the Old Way
A PDF of the booklet containing Fifteen Sutras from the Old Way, which accompanies Zoketsu's talks on the Pali Canon.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 31, 1969

Audio

 
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Sutras from the Old Way - 1st Sutra - Four Noble Truths
In his first talk on the Pali Canon sutras, Zoketsu discusses the teaching on the Four Noble Truths. The text referr...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 1st Sutra - Four Noble Truths Q&A
This is the continuation of 1st Sutra - Four Noble Truths talk, containing the Question & Answer period.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 2nd Sutra - Fingersnap
This is the second talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 3rd Sutra - Kessaputa
This is the third talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 4th Sutra - Megihya - Part 1
This is part 1 of the fourth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied bookl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 3rd Sutra - Kessaputta - Part 2
This is part 2 of the fourth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied bookl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 5th Sutra - Parable
This is the fifth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 6th Sutra - Angulimala
This is the sixth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Buddha's Words (Talk 01 of 13)
First of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 06, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 02 of 13)
Second of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 13, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 04 of 13)
Fourth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 27, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 06 of 13)
Sixth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 26, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 07 of 13)
Seventh of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 01, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 08 of 13)
Eighth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 15, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 09 of 13)
Ninth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 22, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 10 of 13)
Tenth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 07, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 11 of 13)
Eleventh of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 28, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 12 of 13)
Twelfth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 05, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 13 of 13)
Thirteenth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 19, 2007
Mahaparinirvana Sutta 1
Norman gives the first talk on the Mahaparinirvana Sutta as found in The Long Discourses of the Buddha - Translation ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 04, 2012
Mahaparinirvana Sutta 2
Norman gives the second talk on the Mahaparinirvana Sutta on Buddha's final days as found in The Long Discourses of t...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 11, 2012
Mahaparinirvana Sutta 4
Norman gives the fourth and final talk on the Mahaparinirvana Sutta on Buddha's final days as found in The Long Disco...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 25, 2012

Texts

 
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Sutras from the Old Way - 1st Sutra - Four Noble Truths
In his first talk on the Pali Canon sutras, Zoketsu discusses the teaching on the Four Noble Truths. The text referr...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 2nd Sutra - Fingersnap
This is the second talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 3rd Sutra - Kessaputa
This is the third talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 4th Sutra - Megihya - Part 1
This is part 1 of the fourth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied bookl...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 5th Sutra - Parable
This is the fifth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Sutras from the Old Way - 6th Sutra - Angulimala
This is the sixth talk on the Pali Canon sutras. The text referred to in the talk is the photocopied booklet "Sutras ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 30, 2002
Buddha's Words (Talk 01 of 13)
First of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 06, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 02 of 13)
Second of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 13, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 04 of 13)
Fourth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 27, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 06 of 13)
Sixth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 26, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 07 of 13)
Seventh of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 01, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 08 of 13)
Eighth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 15, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 09 of 13)
Ninth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 22, 2005
Buddha's Words (Talk 10 of 13)
Tenth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 07, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 11 of 13)
Eleventh of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 28, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 12 of 13)
Twelfth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 05, 2007
Buddha's Words (Talk 13 of 13)
Thirteenth of Series of talks on the Pali Canon based on the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 19, 2007
Mahaparinirvana Sutta 1
Norman gives the first talk on the Mahaparinirvana Sutta as found in The Long Discourses of the Buddha - Translation ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 04, 2012
Sutras from the Old Way
A PDF of the booklet containing Fifteen Sutras from the Old Way, which accompanies Zoketsu's talks on the Pali Canon.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 31, 1969