Third, it expresses a fairly consistent set of doctrines and practices.
Second, it has been preserved in a Middle Indo-Aryan language closely related to various Prakrit dialects spoken in North of India during the third century B. E., including the area where the Buddha spent most of his teaching years (Magadha).
The journalist Hadley Freeman described this phenomenon in her book Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies: “These movies, which were largely seen as junk when they came out, were deeply formative, and everyone I know in my generation feels exactly the same way.” Whether it’s teen movies like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Dirty Dancing, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and Big, straight comedies like Ghostbusters, Trading Places, and 9 to 5, action movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back, or science fiction movies like Blade Runner and E.
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First, it contains the oldest texts of the only complete canon of early Indian Buddhism, which belong to the only surviving school of that period, namely, the Theravāda school, prevalent in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
Nevertheless, the Sūtra Piṭaka of the Pāli canon is of particular importance in reconstructing the philosophy of Buddha for four main reasons.
He is one of the most important Asian thinkers and spiritual masters of all time, and he contributed to many areas of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The first complete biographies of the Buddha as well as the Jātaka stories about his former lives appeared centuries later, even after, and arguably as a reaction against, the dry lists and categorizations of early Abhidharma literature.
The Buddha’s teaching formed the foundation for Buddhist philosophy, initially developed in South Asia, then later in the rest of Asia. The first complete biography of the Buddha in Pāli is the Nidānakathā, which serves as an introduction to the Jātaka verses found in the fifth Pāli Nikāya.
In metaphysics, the Buddha argues that there are no self-caused entities, and that everything dependently arises from or upon something else. According to the Mahāpadāna-suttanta, the lives of all Buddhas or perfectly enlightened beings follow a similar pattern.
In Ethan Nichtern’s new book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride, the Shambhala Buddhist teacher explains that everything he knows about relationships comes from two sources: Buddhism and this 1980s cult classic.
There is something about movies from the 1980s that inspires an especially enduring devotion, even some 25 or 30 years after their release.
Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy now have a global following. In Sanskrit, the most popular biographies of the Buddha are the Buddhacarita attributed to the Indian poet Aśvaghoṣa (second century C.
In epistemology, the Buddha seeks a middle way between the extremes of dogmatism and skepticism, emphasizing personal experience, a pragmatic attitude, and the use of critical thinking toward all types of knowledge. E), the Mahāvastu, and the Lalitavistara, both composed in the first century C. The first four Pāli Nikāyas contain only fragmented information about the Buddha’s life.