Basic Teachings of the Buddha A New Translation and Compilation, with a Guide to Reading the Texts

ISBN-10: 0812975235

ISBN-13: 9780812975239

Edition: 2007

Authors: Glenn Wallis, Buddha

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In "Basic Teachings of the Buddha", Glenn Wallis selects sixteen essential dialogues drawn from more than five thousand Pali-dialect suttas of the Buddhist canon. The result is a vibrant introductory guide to studying Buddhist thought, applying its principles to everyday life, and gaining a deeper understanding of Buddhist themes in modern literature. Focusing on the most crucial topics for today's readers, Wallis presents writings that address modern psychological, religious, ethical, and philosophical concerns. This practical, inspiring, and engaging volume provides an overview of the history of Buddhism and an illuminating analysis of the core writings that personalizes the suttas for each reader. "Glenn Wallis brings wisdom and compassion to this work of scholarship. Everyone should read this book." -Christopher Queen, Harvard University "A valuable sourcebook with a good selection of the fundamental suttas enhanced by an eloquent introduction and comprehensive notes-altogether a very useful text." -Peter Matthiessen (Roshi), author of "The Snow Leopard" and "Nine-Headed Dragon River" "Glenn Wallis's new and accessible translations of some of the Buddha's lectures to his original students, along with Wallis's elegant guide to the texts, gives twenty-first-century readers in the modern West a fresh chance to learn from this teacher." -Charles Hallisey, University ofWisconsin-Madison
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

The journey of the Buddha's teachings
The idiom and meaning of the Buddha's teachings
A Buddha, a reader, and a text
On physiology and the ephemeral image
Drawing near to the texts
The texts
The hawk (Sakunagghi Sutta)
A brief talk to Malukaya (Culamalukya Sutta)
Threefold knowledge (Tevijja Sutta)
Discourse in Kesamutta (Kesamutti Sutta)
The all (Sabba Sutta)
Like a ball of foam (Phenapindupama Sutta)
Evidence of selflessness (Anattalakkhana Sutta)
The burden (Bhara Sutta)
Turning the wheel of the teaching (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta)
Gotama's discourse (Gotama Sutta)
Destination (Parayana Sutta)
Quenched (Nibbuta Sutta)
Signs of the fabricated (Sankhatalakkhana Sutta)
Signs of the unfabricated (Asankhatalakkhana Sutta)
Present-moment awareness with breathing (Anapanasati Sutta)
The application of present-moment awareness (Mahasatipatthana Sutta)
Guide to reading the texts
Wandering beyond our proper domain (Sakunagghi Sutta : "the hawk")
Transfixed by flamboyant speculation (Culamalukya Sutta : "a brief talk to Malukya")
Enchanted by "God" (Tevijja Sutta : "threefold knowledge")
Knowing for yourself (Kesamutti Sutta : "discourse in Kesamutta")
The location of lived experience (Sabba Sutta : "the all")
Look : it is a magical display (Phenapindupama Sutta : "like a ball of foam")
No sign of I, me, or mine (Anattalakkhana Sutta : "evidence of selflessness")
Just put it down (Bhara Sutta : "the burden")
Reality (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta : "turning the wheel of the teaching")
The world (Gotama Sutta : "Gotama's discourse")
A genuine refuge (Parayana Sutta : "destination")
Conspicuous unbinding (Nibbuta Sutta : "quenched")
What it's not (Sankhatalakkhana Sutta : "signs of the fabricated")
Just this (Asankhatalakkhana Sutta : "signs of the unfabricated")
How to meditate (Anapanasati Sutta : "present-moment awareness with breathing")
How to live as a Buddha (Mahasatipatthana Sutta : "the application of present-moment awareness")
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