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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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"Like me, the countless living beings have been wandering in cyclic existence. Many times they have been a parent to me and shone radiant kindness upon me. How unworthy not to respond to their sorrow. For the sake of all living beings we must strive in the practices bringing Enlightenment."
- 1st Dalai Lama

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