Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

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As more and more westerners study and practice Buddhism, reliable modern translations of the Buddha's teachings are increasingly in demand. One of the main sources for knowledge of the Buddhadharma is the four Pali Nikayas or "collections" of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings, ...

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Overview

As more and more westerners study and practice Buddhism, reliable modern translations of the Buddha's teachings are increasingly in demand. One of the main sources for knowledge of the Buddhadharma is the four Pali Nikayas or "collections" of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings, reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha's teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse). This edition is the most critically up-to- date and For anyone seeking a more direct encounter with the Buddha's words and teaching, this new translation will prove to be essential reading, rewarding scholars and practitioners alike.

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"Rupert Gethin's Sayings of the Buddha [is] translated with an eye toward readability, dispensing with the turgid English found in early translations of the canon. This short volume is sure to join Gethin's other work as a resource for teachers and students, and anyone interested in early Buddhist literature."--Buddhadharma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192839251
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 347,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rupert Gethin is the author of The Buddhist Path to Awakening and The Foundations of Buddhism.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction

Note on the Text and Translation

Select Bibliography

Note on the Pronunciation of Pali and Sanskrit

Map: The Ganges Basin at the Time of the Buddha

Sayings of the Buddha

From the Collection of Long Sayings 3

The Fruits of the Ascetic Life (Samannaphala-sutta) 5

The Buddha's Final Nibbana (Mahaparinibbana-sutta) 37

King Mahasudassana (Mahasudassana-sutta) 98

The Origin of Things (Agganna-sutta) 116

Advice to Sigala (Sigalovada-sutta) 129

From the Collection of Middle-Length Sayings 139

Establishing Mindfulness (Satipatthana-sutta) 141

The Stilling of Thoughts (Vitakkasanthana-sutta) 152

The Simile of the Snake (Alagaddupama-sutta) 156

The Short Dialogue with Malunkya (Cula-Malunkya-sutta) 168

The Dialogue with Prince Bodhi (Bodhirajakumara-sutta) 173

The Analysis of Acts (Maha-Kammavibhanga-sutta) 195

From the Collection of Grouped Sayings 205

From the Chapter with Verses (Sagatha-vagga) 209

From the Chapter on Causes (Nidana-vagga) 210

From the Chapter on the Aggregates (Khandha-vagga) 216

From the Chapter on the Six Sense Spheres (Salayatana-vagga) 222

From the Great Chapter (Maha-vagga) 226

From the Collection of Numbered Sayings 247

From the Section of Ones 250

From the Section of Twos 251

From the Section of Threes 251

From the Section of Fours 256

From the Section of Fives 259

From the Section of Sixes 260

From the Section of Sevens 261

From the Section of Eights 263

From the Section of Nines 265

From the Section of Tens 266

From the Section of Elevens 268

Explanatory Notes 271

Index 293

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