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    How do you interrogate the sutta's

    I have read many sutta's, some theme's I can remember but can not find out how to find which sutta the theme came from

    For example I can remember a Sutta in which Ananda was telling a group about what super powers the Buddha had, when the Buddha heard him he said not to forget the greatest power of all, his ability to remain mindful.

    Now the problem I have is that my memory is not as precise as I would like it to be, so I search Ananda or Buddhas super powers, and come up with nothing

    Is there a way of checking themes in suttas

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    Hi, Mc Mike.

    First I would begin with good databases of information. Here are a few:

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/

    http://what-buddha-said.net/

    https://suttacentral.net/

    https://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism

    http://www.buddhisma2z.com/atoz.php

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripi%E1%B9%ADaka

    After you have selected a particular data base then do a search using various iterations of the words you remember (recall). Varying your references by name, topic, and context will usually get you where you want to go.

    If no acceptable result comes from such searches, then try a general internet search. This will likely get you cultural / superstitious results, rather than scholarly information, which may explain why you cannot find such information in the suttas. Various traditions have their superstitious "fairy tales". Chin & Tibetan traditions seem to be saturated with such stories. Then there are the stories for children found in such story collections as The Jataka Tales.

    Here is an example result I got by searching for "Powers of a Buddha":

    http://chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com...wers_of_Buddha

    https://mahamevnawa.lk/buddha-ten-extraordinary-powers/

    https://unbornmind.com/2017/11/10/th...of-the-buddha/

    Have fun!
    Last edited by Olderon; 23 May 19 at 13:38.

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    Hi Olderon

    Thanks for your detailed and very helpful post. I have been trying on Access to Insight and Sutta central but don't seem to be able to hit the magic algorithm

    I will keep trying

    Mike

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    Hi McKmike

    Unless it is a specific rare word, it seems we need to rely on memory. Possibly it is MN 123 (another translation, here) you are searching for.

    Kind regards

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    Thanks Element I do believe this was the Sutta I was trying to remember

    Seems a shame that it is so difficult to search the sutta's, I am sure that some tech-savvy Buddhist could devise a suitable search engine, I live in hope

    Mike

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