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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Mountain Record
"This is an amazing work that speaks to us across 2500 years... Each person who undertakes to read and study The Long Discourses of the Buddha will, I believe, open up new paths of thought and new and precious insights into the depths of Buddhist history and thought."
Branches of Light
"These teachings... unfold in fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from the many different strata of ancient Indian society... Replete with drama, with reasoned argument, and with illuminating parables and similes, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full range of his wisdom, majestic sublimity, and compassionate humanity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711031
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Series: Teachings of the Buddha Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 450,588
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Walshe was born in London in 1911 and was an active Buddhist from 1951 until the end of his life in 1998. He served as the Vice-President of the Buddhist Society and Chair of the English Sangha Trust. A scholar of Pali and German, his other works include Buddhism for Today and translations of the sermons of Meister Eckhart.

For nearly fifty years Ajahn Sumedho has embodied the Buddha's way. As a young man he completed an M.A. at the University of California at Berkeley, was a medic in the Navy, and taught in the Peace Corps in Borneo. For twelve years, beginning in 1966, he studied closely with the renowned meditation master Ajahn Chah, who appointed him to be the first Western abbot of a Thai monastery. Now based in England, he is the spiritual head of a global community of monks and nuns.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 10
Foreword 11
Preface 13
Technical Notes 15
Introduction 19
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
Bibliography 525
List of Abbreviations 531
Notes 533
Index 625
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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    A Pretentious Price for an Awful eBook

    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.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010


    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.

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