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 collectionamong the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years agoconsists of thirty
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 collectionamong the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years agoconsists 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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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.