Lurker no more. So-called "Engaged Buddhism" (is there unengaged Buddhism?). This blog has not been updated in a long time, so here goes:
Zen is a school of Buddhism in the Mahayana tradition, but the Mahayana still relies upon the teachings and the lessons of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka (Pali ti, "three," + pitaka, "baskets"), or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka and the paracanonical Pali texts
, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts.
The Pali canon is a vast body of literature: in English translation the texts add up to thousands of printed pages. Most (but not all) of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available on this website
, the collection can be a good place to start.
Labels: Mahayana, Pali