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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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Words of Wisdom

"Realize that the nature of your mind is different from that of the flesh and bone of your physical body. Your mind is like a mirror, reflecting everything without discrimination. If you have understanding-wisdom, you can control the kind of reflection that you allow into the mirror of your mind."
- Lama Yeshe

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