Sayings of the Buddha New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

ISBN-10: 019283925X
ISBN-13: 9780192839251
Edition: 2008
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Copyright Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication Date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

As more and more westerners study and practice Buddhism, reliable modern translations of the Buddha's teachings are increasingly in demand. One of the main sources for knowledge of the Buddhadharma is the four Pali Nikayas or "collections" of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings, reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha's teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse). This edition is the most critically up-to-date and is the only anthology of material exclusively from the Pali Nikayas. For anyone seeking more a more direct encounter with the Buddha's words and teaching, this new translation will prove to be essential reading, rewarding scholars and practitioners alike.

Rupert Gethin is the author of The Buddhist Path to Awakening and The Foundations of Buddhism.

Abbreviations
Introduction
Note on the Text and Translation
Select Bibliography
Note on the Pronunciation of Pali and Sanskrit
Map: The Ganges Basin at the Time of the Buddha
Sayings of the Buddha
From the Collection of Long Sayings
The Fruits of the Ascetic Life (Samannaphala-sutta)
The Buddha's Final Nibbana (Mahaparinibbana-sutta)
King Mahasudassana (Mahasudassana-sutta)
The Origin of Things (Agganna-sutta)
Advice to Sigala (Sigalovada-sutta)
From the Collection of Middle-Length Sayings
Establishing Mindfulness (Satipatthana-sutta)
The Stilling of Thoughts (Vitakkasanthana-sutta)
The Simile of the Snake (Alagaddupama-sutta)
The Short Dialogue with Malunkya (Cula-Malunkya-sutta)
The Dialogue with Prince Bodhi (Bodhirajakumara-sutta)
The Analysis of Acts (Maha-Kammavibhanga-sutta)
From the Collection of Grouped Sayings
From the Chapter with Verses (Sagatha-vagga)
From the Chapter on Causes (Nidana-vagga)
From the Chapter on the Aggregates (Khandha-vagga)
From the Chapter on the Six Sense Spheres (Salayatana-vagga)
From the Great Chapter (Maha-vagga)
From the Collection of Numbered Sayings
From the Section of Ones
From the Section of Twos
From the Section of Threes
From the Section of Fours
From the Section of Fives
From the Section of Sixes
From the Section of Sevens
From the Section of Eights
From the Section of Nines
From the Section of Tens
From the Section of Elevens
Explanatory Notes
Index

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