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In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Enlightening

    In The Buddha's Words is a Tour de Force. Bhikkhu Bodhi has done it again! For the intermediate or experienced Buddhist, this is an essential addition to your library. I have read and struggled with the Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta and Angutara Nikayas. This anthology seperates the wheat from the chaff, by providing a thematic structure for an otherwise unwieldy collection of discourses. Bhikkhu Bodhi's skillfully crafted introductions help to illuminate the meaning and context of the discourses in each chapter. This anthology asks too much of the reader to be a suitable introduction to Buddhism, but for the Buddhist who is ready to move beyond introductory texts, this is the next step before investing the money, time and effort into studying the Nikayas.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    One volume that needs to be in your library

    This book is impressive. The commentary is clear, concise and very readable. For one who seeks to develop an understanding of the Buddha's teaching, this is the place to start.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    For a relative newcomer to reading about the teachings of the Bu

    For a relative newcomer to reading about the teachings of the Buddha, my cousin highly recommend that this book be one of the first I read. He assured me it would be my favorite. Indeed he is correct! This is a fabulously translated and written anthology. Not only are the infinitely wise teachings of the Buddha clearly articulated to the unacquainted reader, the eloquence with which the Buddha sure spoke is also transmitted to the reader via Bhikkhu Bodhi's masterfully done translation. I could not recommend this book more to those interested in learning more about the Buddha and his teachings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    My Favorite Buddhist Book! Changed My Life!

    This book is fantastic. The author removes repeatative speech passed down from oral tradition and organizes sections spread throughout the the Pali cannon into well defined subjects. This was my first Buddhist book to read and has continued to be my favorite yet. Cant recommend this book enough.

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