We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. — Dhammapada, 1.1-3

In Buddhism, the term sutras refers generally to scriptures that are regarded as records of the oral teachings of Buddha; literally the actual words of Buddha, as heard, orally transmitted and written down by his disciples. Upon which we, Buddhists, cultivate our daily life according to what was taught in the sutras.

Thus, Buddhism is not regarded as a religion but rather a philosophy of life - what is 'true' and what is 'false' - what leads to liberation as taught by our great teacher Buddha Sakyamuni.

A collection of Buddhist Sutras.

  1. The Infinite Life Sutra

  2. Amitabha Sutra

  3. Amitabha's 48 Vows

  4. Ksitigarbha Sutra - The Great Vows of Earth Store Boddhisattva

  5. The Cause and Effect Sutra

  6. The Filial Piety Sutra

  7. The Great Compassion Mantra

  8. Six Character Great Bright Mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum

Even false words are true if they lead to liberation; even true words are false if they become the object of attachment.

How Ananda become enlightened?

Ananda was the only one left at the time of the first council of Buddha's own disciples who didn't become an arhat. He was Buddha's attendant. He heard every word that Buddha taught, and memorized them all, but he didn't meditate much because he was too busy. Some time after Buddha's death, there was a meeting of all the arhats, but since Ananda wasn't an arhat he couldn't go. So he kept meditating, trying at the last minute to become enlightened, and it got to be midnight, 2, 3 o'clock in the morning of the first council of Buddhist arhats, but still he couldn't make it, even though he was the repository of all of Buddha's words. All the other arhats wanted him to go, but he couldn't since he wasn't an arhat. Finally it got to be 3:45 in the morning, 15 minutes before the 4:00 wakeup call. Finally, Ananda just gave up and said, "Oh ********, I'm not an arhat." Then he got enlightened, because he saw things as they were. It was the end of the struggle. No more trying to become an arhat, and he became an arhat.

Many Buddhist traditions teach this story. That says something that is being yourself, rather than to mere doing and self-improvement. It expresses clear vision, seeing things just as they are, rather than as we'd like them to be. It is a lovely, timeless story.

A collection of Buddhist Stories.

  1. 13 Pure Land Patriarchs

  2. Good Question, Good Answer

  3. Di Zi Gui - A Guide to Happy Life

  4. Liao Fan's 4 Lessons - Changing Destiny

  5. The Last Teaching of Buddha

  6. The Dhammapada - The Buddha's Path of Wisdom