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The effect of sensual desire is like looking into a pond that has been dyed; we are predisposed to see unrealistically that is, seeing with rose-colored glasses. When the heat of ill will is present, it is as if the pond water is boiling; no reflection is possible. Sloth and torpor are like having thick algae growing across the pond; again, no reflection is possible except by doing the difficult work of pulling out the algae. Anxiousness is like the wind churning up the pond's surface. And doubt is like water filled with mud.
Gil Fronsdal
Shambhala Sun, May 2006
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[S] พระไตรปิฎก
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The Pali Tipitaka

The Pali Tipitaka (Unicode: Pāḷi Tipiṭaka, Velthuis: Paa.li Tipi.taka) or simply the Tipitaka, is a collection of texts comprising primarily the teachings (or sayings) of Buddha Gotama. These teachings have been handed down orally by the Buddha's disciples over many generations until they were written down in the Pali language. Until today, Pali texts are written in many different scripts, of which the most popular is probably the Roman script (using the Latin alphabet), follow by various Asian scripts, such as Sinhala, Thai, Burmese, Khmer, Lao and several others. The Pali scriptures were later translated into other languages. Beside being the language of the texts written in it, Pali is also the liturgical language in Theravada monasteries. Another less common and declining use of Pali is as a communication medium between monastic members of different Theravada countries. Other than these, the language is hardly in use today.

The word Tipitaka means three baskets (ti = three, pitaka = basket). Therefore, the texts in the Tipitaka are classified under three main categories (or baskets), namely,

  1. Vinaya Pi.taka (Basket/Receptacle)
  2. Sutta Pi.taka
  3. Abhidhamma Pi.taka