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Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

by Rupert Gethin
     
 

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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

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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, 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.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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

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:
380,034
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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