Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya / Edition 2by Maurice Walshe
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
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.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||10|
|Summary of the Thirty-Four Suttas||55|
|1||Brahmajala Sutta: The Supreme Net - What the Teaching Is Not||67|
|2||Samannaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Homeless Life||91|
|3||Ambattha Sutta: About Ambattha - Pride Humbled||111|
|4||Sonadanda Sutta: About Sonadanda - The Qualities of a True Brahmin||125|
|5||Kutadanta Sutta: About Kutadanta - A Bloodless Sacrifice||133|
|6||Mahali Sutta: About Mahali - Heavenly Sights, Soul and Body||143|
|7||Jaliya Sutta: About Jaliya||149|
|8||Mahasihanada Sutta: The Great Lion's Roar||151|
|9||Potthapada Sutta: About Potthapada - States of Consciousness||159|
|10||Subha Sutta: About Subha - Morality, Concentration, Wisdom||171|
|11||Kevaddha Sutta: About Kevaddha - What Brahma Didn't Know||175|
|12||Lohicca Sutta: About Lohicca - Good and Bad Teachers||181|
|13||Tevijja Sutta: The Threefold Knowledge - The Way to Brahma||187|
|14||Mahapadana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lineage||199|
|15||Mahanidana Sutta: The Great Discourse on Origination||223|
|16||Mahaparinibbana Sutta: The Great Passing - The Buddha's Last Days||231|
|17||Mahasudassana Sutta: The Great Splendour - A King's Renunciation||279|
|18||Janavasabha Sutta: About Janavasabha - Brahma Addresses the Gods||291|
|19||Mahagovinda Sutta: The Great Steward - A Past Life of Gotama||301|
|20||Mahasamaya Sutta: The Mighty Gathering Devas Come to See the Buddha||315|
|21||Sakkapanha Sutta: Sakka's Questions - A God Consults the Buddha||321|
|22||Mahasatipatthana Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness||335|
|23||Payasi Sutta: About Payasi - Debate with a Sceptic||351|
|24||Patika Sutta: About Patikaputta - The Charlatan||371|
|25||Udumbarika-Sihanada Sutta: The Great Lion's Roar to the Udumbarikans||385|
|26||Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutta: The Lion's Roar on the Turning of the Wheel||395|
|27||Agganna Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings||407|
|28||Sampasadaniya Sutta: Serene Faith||417|
|29||Pasadika Sutta: The Delightful Discourse||427|
|30||Lakkhana Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man||441|
|31||Sigalaka Sutta: To Sigalaka Advice to Lay People||461|
|32||Atanatiya Sutta: The Atanata Protective Verses||471|
|33||Sangiti Sutta: The Chanting Together||479|
|34||Dasuttara Sutta: Expanding Decades||511|
|List of Abbreviations||531|
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Buy the hardcover. You can easily reference chapters and indexes.
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.
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.