Early Buddhist Discourses

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Twenty discourses from the Pali Canon--including those most essential to the study and teaching of early Buddhism--are provided in fresh translations, accompanied by introductions that highlight the main themes and set the ideas presented in the context of wider philosophical and religious issues. Taken together, these fascinating works give an account of Buddhist teachings directly from the earliest primary sources.

In his General Introduction, John J. Holder discusses the structure and language of the Pali Canon--its importance within the Buddhist tradition and the historical context in which it developed--and gives an overview of the basic doctrines of early Buddhism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207936
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Holder is Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. Norbert College.

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Table of Contents

1 Discourse on the noble quest (Ariyapariyesana Sutta) 1
2 Discourse to the Kalamas (Kalama Sutta) 19
3 The greater discourse on cause (Mahanidana Sutta) 26
4 The greater discourse on the foundations of mindfulness (Mahasatipatthana Sutta) 42
5 The greater discourse on the destruction of craving (Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta) 59
6 Discourse of the honeyball (Madhupindika Sutta) 73
7 Short discourses from the Samyutta Nikaya 80
8 The shorter discourse to Malunkyaputta (Cula-malunkya Sutta) 95
9 Discourse on the parable of the water snake (Alagaddupama Sutta) 101
10 Discourse to Vacchagotta on fire (Aggivacchagotta Sutta) 117
11 Discourse to Prince Abhaya (Abhayarajakumara Sutta) 123
12 Discourse to Potthapada (Potthapada Sutta) 128
13 Discourse on the threefold knowledge (Tevijja Sutta) 150
14 Discourse to Assalayana (Assalayana Sutta) 164
15 The lion's roar on the wheel-turning monarch (Cakkavattisihanada Sutta) 174
16 Discourse to the Layman Sigala (Sigalovada Sutta) 191
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