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Buddhism: It’s really just a list of lists

Categories: Buddhism, Journal
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Published on: November 30, 2011
Buddhism is big on lists and when I say big on lists I mean really big on lists.

  • 3 Jewels
  • 4 Noble Truths
  • 8-fold path
  • 5 Aggregates
  • 4 Immesurables
  • 10 Perfections
  • 37 Qualities in 7 sets
    • 4 frames of reference
    • 4 right exertions
    • 4 bases of power
    • 5 faculties
    • 5 strengths
    • 7 factors of¬†enlightenment
    • 8-fold path (again)
  • 3 Marks of existance
  • 5 Precepts
  • 8 Precepts (5 + 3 more)
  • 10 Precepts (because 8 wasn’t enough)
  • 10 Defilements
  • 5 Hindrances
  • 4 Stages of enlightenment

That’s not even remotely all of them, just the ones I can come up with off the top of my head and a little confirmation from wikipedia when I think I’m repeating things. It’s pretty overwhelming when you look at it if it weren’t for the last item on the list.

  • Innumerable Buddhas
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