This volume is a valuable collection of teachings, arranged by theme, taken from the Pali Suttas. This work serves as both a fine introduction to the wider and voluminous Pali Suttas for those who are new to them and as a fine single volume summary for those already familiar with the work. Bhikkhu Bodhi has also, through the thematic structure he uses for his anthology, provided a helpful template and structure to aid the understanding of those who have read, or go on to read, the complete Suttas. The volume includes a useful introduction and each of the ten themed chapters is preceded by a helpful introduction/overview. The volume also includes useful notes and indices.
"A remarkable book. A gift to the world."
- Andrew Olendzki, Executive Director of the Barre Center of Buddhist Studies, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
A number of the Suttas are also available in complete translations. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: Samyutta Nikaya
, The Middle Length Sayings: Majjhima-Nikaya
, both translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and the Long Discourses of the Buddha: Digha-Nikaya
, translated by Maurice Walshe. Bhikkhu Bodhi is also working on a translation of the Anguttara Nikaya or Numbered/Numerical Discourses due out in 2012.