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Offline santamonicacj

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Need reading recommendations.
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:23:49 pm »
I'd like to read some Pali Canon suttas. I hear that the entire Canon is 9,000 pages. I'm not up for that right now. I'm not so interested in Vinaya or Abhidharma. Is there something in English with the major suttas as an anthology?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 07:27:42 am »
Here are two very good online resources:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

http://what-buddha-said.net/

Recommend this for researching specific meanings:

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/pali/
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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 07:54:42 am »
Here are two very good online resources:
Any hardcopy books? I'm kinda old fashioned. I'll tend to actually read a book.
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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2010, 08:29:37 am »
I know you just said, "books in print", but I suggest starting here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bullitt/befriending.html

I also like audio readings: http://www.suttareadings.net/index.html

Dhamma Dana publications: http://www.dharma.org/bcbs/Pages/publications.html

Also, these folks have a dedicated and supportive sutta study: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewforum.php?f=25

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010, 03:16:11 pm »
Here is another:

http://www.wisdompubs.org/

I'm thinking of buying their "discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon". As you say, good to curl up with an actual book instead of listening to that cooling fan!

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2010, 05:09:30 pm »
Greetings santamonicacj,

By way of anthologies, "In The Buddha's Words" (published by Wisdom Books) has an excellent reputation.

I don't have it personally, but I've read Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of the Samyutta Nikaya and the Majjhima Nikaya and they're very good. I look forward to his Anguttara Nikaya translation being published in the next year or two.

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2010, 06:03:14 pm »
Greetings santamonicacj,

By way of anthologies, "In The Buddha's Words" (published by Wisdom Books) has an excellent reputation.

I don't have it personally, but I've read Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of the Samyutta Nikaya and the Majjhima Nikaya and they're very good. I look forward to his Anguttara Nikaya translation being published in the next year or two.

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Please forgive my pathologically Tibetan background, but what is 'Nikaya'? I know (kaya=body.) Also what are the differences between the Samyutta, Majjhima, and Anguttara? I am clueless about all this.
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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010, 06:16:29 pm »
By way of anthologies, "In The Buddha's Words" (published by Wisdom Books) has an excellent reputation.
Dear R.F.

I do not regard it as excellent. Due to the inappropriate weighting given to certain topics & subjective selection of suttas, this book will provide an unbalanced view of what the Buddha actually taught.

Be careful here.

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010, 06:24:22 pm »
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...what are the differences between the Samyutta, Majjhima, and Anguttara? I am clueless about all this.
Hi S.M.C

These are simply different ways to compile the teachings. Within these three collections, one will often read the same teaching repeated many times.

Samyutta is teachings complied by subject.

Anguttara is teachings compiled by numbers. For example, the Buddha often  taught "there are one of these, two of these, three of these, four of these, eight of these, etc..."

Majjjhima means "middle length". Generally, the teachings found in the Samyutta and Anguttara are short whereas the suttas found in the Majjhima are longer. There are 152 suttas in the Majjhima but possibly thousands in the Samyutta and Anguttara.

Majjhima suttas are longer but provide an excellent insight into how the Buddha taught and interacted with people & his culture.


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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 06:30:46 pm »
I'd like to read some Pali Canon suttas. I'm not so interested in Vinaya or Abhidharma.

Dear S.M.C

I highly recommend the Anguttara Nikaya. The reading is much lighter than the other collections and topics much more varied.

Of course, there is the well known Dhammapada.

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2010, 12:52:45 am »
Greetings ABC,

I do not regard it as excellent. Due to the inappropriate weighting given to certain topics & subjective selection of suttas, this book will provide an unbalanced view of what the Buddha actually taught.


Could you recommend an alternative compendium then,  as I'm only familiar with the likes of Thanissaro's Wings Of Awakening and Walpola Rahula's What The Buddha Taught.

Or would you recommend solely the Anguttara Nikaya (which one could also claim is not representative)? How would this compendium fare?

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=N7zCNaBvQQYC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2010, 01:30:33 am »
Greetings santamonicacj,

By way of anthologies, "In The Buddha's Words" (published by Wisdom Books) has an excellent reputation.

I don't have it personally, but I've read Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of the Samyutta Nikaya and the Majjhima Nikaya and they're very good. I look forward to his Anguttara Nikaya translation being published in the next year or two.

Metta,
Retro. :)

I have the book and endorse Retro's recommendation.  I found the selections and the structure of the book suited me very well.  It is very accessible and lends itself to being read through and also dipped into.  :)

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Re: Need reading recommendations.
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2010, 07:48:39 am »
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I'd like to read some Pali Canon suttas. I hear that the entire Canon is 9,000 pages. I'm not up for that right now. I'm not so interested in Vinaya or Abhidharma. Is there something in English with the major suttas as an antholog

Lol yeah .It took me 3 years to read entire pali tipitak .By the time I finished with the end I had almost forgotten the things I have read before.Though I am not sure how much it helped I can at least boast of saying that i have read entire pali canon at least once! .It seems Impossible for a mortal to know everything about pali canon at once.

I think structured study of Buddhism starting from problem specific approach is more useful than reading for readings sake.


 


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