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    • That’s true. Some people are better liars than others. For instance, I can always tell when my wife is lying. Unfortunately, she’s become just as good at lie detecting, with me.

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    • I read the entire Sutta Pitaka (well, the abridged version) back in the 90’s after it was first translated, then sold by Wisdom Publications. There’s a lot of inspiring stuff in there. And then there’s some stuff that seems a little crackpot.

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      • Wow! I’m impressed! Even with an abridged version.
        My dad had a (Japanese) set of the Tripiแนญaka (Taishล?) and the Mahayana Sutras. I never had much interest, and couldn’t read them anyway.
        Just occurred to me that I don’t actually know what happened to it. The books were compact. Still, took up a maybe four-by-six bookshelf.

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        • They’re pretty long, especially the Anguttara Sutta (as I recall). But there’s a lot of repetition also, so you can skip many sections, unless you’re into the mantra nature of repetition.

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            • I think there are a lot of great Buddha quotes. I just don’t use them very often, as it can get kind of preachy.

              By the way, it’s not the Anguttara Sutta. It’s the Anguttara Nikaya. Suttas are sermons found within a Nikaya (or volume of sermons). There are five Nikayas found within the Sutta Pitaka. And there are three Pitakas found within the Tipitaka. Tipitaka means “Triple Basket,” which are the three “baskets” of discourses found within the Pali Canon.

              Whew! I had to do a little research refresher to remember all of that.

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              • Despite having grown up in a Mahayana Buddhist household, I never had much interest. I just sorta’ knew that there was this original source (like an Old Testament), and a load of reinterpretations that were thrown on top (like a New Testament or a Koran). But where I’ve actually read the Old Testament, the Tripitaka was just overwhelming to consider. And I assume that the version on bookshelves was pared down, as the sets in monasteries line whole hallways.

                Apparently, the Tripitaka was also re-translated into a standardized Japanese form (like a “King James Bible”), in the early 1900s, I think. I believe that’s what my dad had. If I recall correctly, there were twenty-eight books that covered 85 volumes (Nikaya?) and something like 5,000 texts. Then there were more books with canonical illustrations things that were added in by Japanese culture. The Mahayana Sutras go all over the place. A great deal is esoteric. In Japan, I think the Lotus and Pure Land are the most significant.

                What my dad had was all in classical Chinese. For someone familiar with enough Japanese kanji, they’re readable. So while my dad couldn’t speak Chinese, he could read it fairly well. I don’t think it made much difference to his beliefs; but it was something that interested him.

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                • I’ve heard that the canon of Buddhist scriptures that are considered to be “sacred” could fill an entire library. I’ve studied Mahayana, Vipassana, and a little bit of Tibetan (which is an odd version of Mahayana). I’ve read a lot of the ancient, texts, but only a drop in the bucket compared with all that’s available. At one time I was much more knowledgeable about Buddhism than I am now, as much has been lost to memory.

                  There’s something about Buddhist texts that is very inspiring on a deep level, if taken in small bites and reflected upon. Perhaps that’s where your father’s interest lay.

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