Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya / Edition 2

Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya / Edition 2

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by Maurice Walshe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0861711033

ISBN-13: 9780861711031

Pub. Date: 07/10/2005

Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA

This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years ago--consists of thirty-four…  See more details below

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This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years ago--consists of thirty-four longer-length suttas, or discourses, distinguished as such from the middle-length and shorter suttas of the other collections.

These suttas reveal the gentleness, compassion, power, and penetrating wisdom of the Buddha. Included are teachings on mindfulness (Mahasatipatthana Sutta); on morality, concentration, and wisdom (Subha Sutta); on dependent origination (Mahanidrana Sutta); on the roots and causes of wrong views (Brahmajala Sutta); and a long description of the Buddha's last days and passing away (Mahaparinibbana Sutta); along with a wealth of practical advice and insight for all those travelling along the spiritual path.

Venerable Sumedho Thera writes in his foreword: "[These suttas] are not meant to be 'sacred scriptures' that tell us what to believe. One should read them, listen to them, think about them, contemplate them, and investigate the present reality, the present experience, with them. Then, and only then, can one insightfully know the truth beyond words."

Introduced with a vivid account of the Buddha's life and times and a short survey of his teachings, The Long Discourses of the Buddha brings us closer in every way to the wise and compassionate presence of Gotama Buddha and his path of truth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861711031
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Series:
Teachings of the Buddha Series
Pages:
648
Sales rank:
444,167
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations10
Foreword11
Preface13
Technical Notes15
Introduction19
Summary of the Thirty-Four Suttas55
1Brahmajala Sutta: The Supreme Net - What the Teaching Is Not67
2Samannaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Homeless Life91
3Ambattha Sutta: About Ambattha - Pride Humbled111
4Sonadanda Sutta: About Sonadanda - The Qualities of a True Brahmin125
5Kutadanta Sutta: About Kutadanta - A Bloodless Sacrifice133
6Mahali Sutta: About Mahali - Heavenly Sights, Soul and Body143
7Jaliya Sutta: About Jaliya149
8Mahasihanada Sutta: The Great Lion's Roar151
9Potthapada Sutta: About Potthapada - States of Consciousness159
10Subha Sutta: About Subha - Morality, Concentration, Wisdom171
11Kevaddha Sutta: About Kevaddha - What Brahma Didn't Know175
12Lohicca Sutta: About Lohicca - Good and Bad Teachers181
13Tevijja Sutta: The Threefold Knowledge - The Way to Brahma187
14Mahapadana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lineage199
15Mahanidana Sutta: The Great Discourse on Origination223
16Mahaparinibbana Sutta: The Great Passing - The Buddha's Last Days231
17Mahasudassana Sutta: The Great Splendour - A King's Renunciation279
18Janavasabha Sutta: About Janavasabha - Brahma Addresses the Gods291
19Mahagovinda Sutta: The Great Steward - A Past Life of Gotama301
20Mahasamaya Sutta: The Mighty Gathering Devas Come to See the Buddha315
21Sakkapanha Sutta: Sakka's Questions - A God Consults the Buddha321
22Mahasatipatthana Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness335
23Payasi Sutta: About Payasi - Debate with a Sceptic351
24Patika Sutta: About Patikaputta - The Charlatan371
25Udumbarika-Sihanada Sutta: The Great Lion's Roar to the Udumbarikans385
26Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutta: The Lion's Roar on the Turning of the Wheel395
27Agganna Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings407
28Sampasadaniya Sutta: Serene Faith417
29Pasadika Sutta: The Delightful Discourse427
30Lakkhana Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man441
31Sigalaka Sutta: To Sigalaka Advice to Lay People461
32Atanatiya Sutta: The Atanata Protective Verses471
33Sangiti Sutta: The Chanting Together479
34Dasuttara Sutta: Expanding Decades511
Bibliography525
List of Abbreviations531
Notes533
Index625

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Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Buy the hardcover. You can easily reference chapters and indexes.
mxpf More than 1 year ago
I was excited to see one of my favorite hardcover spiritual books in the Nook store. Fortunately I downloaded the sample first. Tragically, many of the special characters used to represent Pali in English render horribly. So a word like "Atanatiya Sutta" is displayed as "A?t?a?na?t?iya Sutta." Shame on Wisdom Publications for publishing a lazy and outrageously priced eBook that is a truly awful reading experience.
Truth_B_Told More than 1 year ago
For those interested in a more advanced study of Buddhism, in reading the actual texts rather than merely some contemporary author's commentary on texts, this is a great place to start. It's probably not for everybody, but all in all this is a book containing much wisdom.