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  • Welcome to Buddhism in a Minute, I'm Alan Peto. This episode we are talking about the

  • Buddhist Scriptures. There are two types of texts in Buddhism.

  • The first is known as Canonical Texts, and are widely accepted as the actual sayings

  • of the historical Buddha. They are either called Sutras or Suttas. These canonical texts

  • are often grouped into a collection called the Pali Canon or Tripitaka, which literally

  • means three baskets, and this was how the Buddha's teachings were first written and

  • organized. The second type is called non-Canonical Texts.

  • These are not sayings of the Buddha, but observations on the canonical texts, or other types of

  • writings. Often books by your favorite Buddhism teachers like the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh,

  • and Hsing Yun, would be considered non-canonical. Mahayana Buddhism has hundreds of other texts

  • that go beyond the Pali Canon. Most famously, these include the Platform Sutra, the Heart

  • Sutra, and the Diamond Sutra. The Diamond Sutra is perhaps the most well-known, and

  • recited, among Mahayana Buddhists. You can always verify a Buddhist scripture

  • meets the 'true' definition by applying the Three Dharma Seals to it. They are: 1) All

  • conditioned phenomena are impermanent, 2) All phenomena are without an independent self,

  • and 3) Nirvana is perfect tranquility. Thanks for watching and please subscribe for

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