The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya [NOOK Book]

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This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or Middle Length 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--consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections. The Majjhima Nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture ...
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Overview

This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or Middle Length 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--consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections. The Majjhima Nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings. These teachings, which range from basic ethics to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from many different strata of ancient Indian society: with kings and princes, priests and ascetics, simple villagers and erudite philosophers. Replete with drama, reasoned argument, and illuminating parable and simile, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full glory of his resplendent wisdom, majestic sublimity, and compassionate humanity.

The translation is based on an original draft translation left by the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which has been edited and revised by the American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who provides a long introduction and helpful explanatory notes. Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, this translation enables the Buddha to speak across twenty-five centuries in language that addresses the most pressing concerns of the contemporary reader seeking clarification of the timeless issues of truth, value, and the proper conduct of life.

Winner of the 1995 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award, and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.
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Editorial Reviews

L.S. Cousins
...Bhikkhu Bodhi has made the text much more readable and approachable for the novice reader. He is on the whole a much clearer writer than Ñaa.namoli and has tended to remove slight archaisms and awkwardnesses....Contrary to Bhikkhu BodhiI believe...what is needed is much more creativity and variety among translators so as to facilitate the discovery of better ways of expressing the ideas of early Buddhism. —Journal of Buddhist Ethics
L.S. Cousins
...Bhikkhu Bodhi has made the text much more readable and approachable for the novice reader. He is on the whole a much clearer writer than Ñaa.namoli and has tended to remove slight archaisms and awkwardnesses....Contrary to Bhikkhu Bodhi, I believe...what is needed is much more creativity and variety among translators so as to facilitate the discovery of better ways of expressing the ideas of early Buddhism.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861719822
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Series: Teachings of the Buddha
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1424
  • Sales rank: 742,885
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Venerable Nanamoli (1905-60) was born in England and became a monk in Sri Lanka in 1949. During the eleven years he spent as a monk, he translated from Pali into lucid English some of the most difficult texts of Theravada Buddhism, including Buddhaghosa's Path of Purification.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City, born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition.
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Table of Contents

Preface 13
Introduction 19
Summary of the 152 Suttas 61
Pt. 1 The Root Fifty Discourses (Mulapannasapali)
1 The Division of the Discourse on the Root (Mulapariyayavagga)
1 Mulapariyaya Sutta: The Root of All Things 83
2 Sabbasava Sutta: All the Taints 91
3 Dhammadayada Sutta: Heirs in Dhamma 97
4 Bhayabherava Sutta: Fear and Dread 102
5 Anangana Sutta: Without Blemishes 108
6 Akankheyya Sutta: If a Bhikkhu Should Wish 115
7 Vatthupama Sutta: The Simile of the Cloth 118
8 Sallekha Sutta: Effacement 123
9 Sammaditthi Sutta: Right View 132
10 Satipatthana Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulness 145
2 The Division of the Lion's Roar (Sihanadavagga)
11 Culasihanada Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar 159
12 Mahasihanada Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Lion's Roar 164
13 Mahadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering 179
14 Culadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Mass of Suffering 186
15 Anumana Sutta: Inference 190
16 Cetokhila Sutta: The Wilderness in the Heart 194
17 Vanapattha Sutta: Jungle Thickets 198
18 Madhupindika Sutta: The Honey Ball 201
19 Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Kinds of Thought 207
20 Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts 211
3 The Third Division (Tatiyavagga)
21 Kakacupama Sutta: The Simile of the Saw 217
22 Alagaddupama Sutta: The Simile of the Snake 224
23 Vammika Sutta: The Ant-hill 237
24 Rathavinita Sutta: The Relay Chariots 240
25 Nivapa Sutta: The Bait 246
26 Ariyapariyesana Sutta: The Noble Search 253
27 Culahatthipadopama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint 269
28 Mahahatthipadopama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint 278
29 Mahasaropama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood 286
30 Culasaropama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood 291
4 The Great Division of Pairs (Mahayamakavagga)
31 Culagosinga Sutta: The Shorter Discourse in Gosinga 301
32 Mahagosinga Sutta: The Greater Discourse in Gosinga 307
33 Mahagopalaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Cowherd 313
34 Culagopalaka Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Cowherd 319
35 Culasaccaka Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka 322
36 Mahasaccaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka 332
37 Culatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Destruction of Craving 344
38 Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving 349
39 Maha-Assapura Sutta: The Greater Discourse at Assapura 362
40 Cula-Assapura Sutta: The Shorter Discourse at Assapura 372
5 The Shorter Division of Pairs (Culayamakavagga)
41 Saleyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Sala 379
42 Veranjaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Veranja 386
43 Mahavedalla Sutta: The Greater Series of Questions and Answers 387
44 Culavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers 396
45 Culadhammasamadana Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 405
46 Mahadhammasamadana Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 408
47 Vimamsaka Sutta: The Inquirer 415
48 Kosambiya Sutta: The Kosambians 419
49 Brahmanimantanika Sutta: The Invitation of a Brahma 424
50 Maratajjaniya Sutta: The Rebuke to Mara 431
Pt. 2 The Middle Fifty Discourses (Majjhimapannasapali)
1 The Division on Householders (Gahapativagga)
51 Kandaraka Sutta: To Kandaraka 443
52 Atthakanagara Sutta: The Man from Atthakanagara 454
53 Sekha Sutta: The Disciple in Higher Training 460
54 Potaliya Sutta: To Potaliya 466
55 Jivaka Sutta: To Jivaka 474
56 Upali Sutta: To Upali 477
57 Kukkuravatika Sutta: The Dog-duty Ascetic 493
58 Abhayarajakumara Sutta: To Prince Abhaya 498
59 Bahuvedaniya Sutta: The Many Kinds of Feeling 502
60 Apannaka Sutta: The Incontrovertible Teaching 506
2 The Division on Bhikkhus (Bhikkhuvagga)
61 Ambalatthikarahulovada Sutta: Advice to Rahula at Ambalatthika 523
62 Maharahulovada Sutta: The Greater Discourse of Advice to Rahula 527
63 Culamalunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Malunkyaputta 533
64 Mahamalunkya Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Malunkyaputta
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