The Buddhist canon is a rich and vast panorama of knowledge. Its religious texts comprise a vast mass of homilies on moral rules, to parables, stories, and biographical episodes, to expositions on deep and abstruse philosophical concepts. The Buddhists canon is enormous, consisting of many thousands of pages. The Pali canon alone fills 54 huge volumes, the commentary of generations of scholars and monks notwithstanding. Although the Buddhist canon continues to grow, the period of 100-400 C.E. was especially notable for the amount of Buddhist literature produced. Helen Zahara provides several examples of parables and stories, and also comments upon the Dhammapada, a popular Buddhist scripture that contains the essential Buddhist teachings in simple language. 1964. 33 minutes.