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In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S. (4 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861714911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861714919
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by a celebrated scholar and translator. For easy reference, the book is arrayed in ten thematic sections ranging from 'The Human Condition' to 'Mastering the Mind' to The Planes of Realisation' .

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended anthology 15 May 2006
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This book is a collection of teachings from the Pali Canon assembled by a leading translator and Buddhist scholar. Bhikku Bodhi has placed the teachings under various themed headings to make it easier for the reader to access the works. This is an excellent alternative to spending a lot of money on buying the hardback volumes of the various Nikayas. Strongly commended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Anthology 15 Jan 2012
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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 and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: Anguttara Nikaya which are also translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and the Long Discourses of the Buddha: Digha-Nikaya translated by Maurice Walshe.
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By John
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I have been a practicing Buddhist for about four years now but have only recently been interested in studying the Pali Cannon. This book In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) has been an excellent introduction to the teachings of the Buddha. So much so that as soon as I finished reading it I purchased The Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikaya), also translated by the Venerable Bikkhu Bodhi. Needless to say, I will be purchasing further publications by this very renown monk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Buddha's Words 20 Dec 2010
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A wonderful selection of texts from the Pali Canon - all nicely arranged by themes with a thoughtful introduction and summary of each chapter. Plus comprehensive footnotes. Ideal to read straight through or dip into. Great to get back to the early sources which are so often and so sadly overlooked by those who should know better. The nearest we can get to the actual words of the Buddha - what he said rather than what we imagine he said! This ought to be in the world best seller list. A classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine book for the Buddist Reader 9 Aug 2013
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This is a first class book for the discerning reader produced for the Triratna Buddhist Order. A must red for all Dharma studies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the source 11 Feb 2014
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I have come across so many wildly different interpretations of Buddhism, that I thought it was time I found out - as nearly as possible - what the Buddha actually said. This book is exactly what I wanted. It picks out from the Pali canon all the passages that are most relevant to Buddhist belief as it stands today; it has a good method of cutting down on the constant repetitions which were a feature of the original; and each section has an introduction which makes what follows so much easier to understand and appreciate.

Best of all, from my point of view, it steers a perfectly-judged middle course between being scholarly, being accessible and being devotional; it makes allowance for the fact that in the 21st century we are disinclined to believe in some of the ideas that were current in the time of the Buddha - yet it never actually says so, thus preserving the faith of those who would not be able to believe the Buddha might have been wrong in any respect!

I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone else who wants to go back to the source of Buddhist belief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Well Presented 25 Oct 2013
By DRD77
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Bhikku Bodhi gives clear introductions to the discourses of Gotama Buddha and the historical and cultural settings within which they appeared. The discourses themselves are simply presented for you to study and appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well laid out anthology of the pali canon. ...
A well laid out anthology of the pali canon. Worth the buy if you are a student of buddhadharma.
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