Learn more Download now Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now


on 15 January 2012
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

Also of interest may be Bhikkhu Bodhi's wonderful collection of the Buddha's teachings specifically focusing on conflict resolution, interpersonal and social problem-solving, and the forging of harmonious relationships. These teachings are again drawn from the Pali Canon, and organized into ten thematic chapters. The Buddha's Teaching on Social and Communal Harmony (Teachings of the Buddha)

A number of the Suttas are also available in complete translations by Bhikkhu Bodhi:
The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: Samyutta Nikaya
The Middle Length Sayings: Majjhima-Nikaya
An Ancient Collection of Buddha's Discourses: The Suttanipata
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: Anguttara Nikaya

The Long Discourses of the Buddha: Digha-Nikaya is also available in a translation by Maurice Walshe.
0Comment| 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 28 June 2016
Want a well laid out anthology summarising what The Buddha actually said rather than other peoples well meant reinterpretations of what they think he said? Then buy this book. If you want to get as close as you can to what the Buddha actually taught to his followers and how he taught it then this is it. It is by far the best available overview of the original core Buddhist teachings from which all other strains of Buddhism developed. Discover the Buddhas actual teachings presented in his own words and introduce yourself to one of the most sensible, logical and genuinely life changing religions in existence. The philosophy outlined in this book is extraordinary and reading it will make a positive change to your outlook on life. The Pali canon is one of the oldest written records of the Buddhas words. It is also written in a language similar to that which the Buddha would have spoken. Therefore it is the most accurate record available of the words of one of the most remarkable human beings who ever lived. This is an excellent anthology of passages from the Pali Canon which gives a sound overview of its teachings organised into sections on each key theme. Buy it.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 27 December 2016
An excellent collection of teachings, arranged by theme, taken from the Pali Canon. Great for people eager to learn more about Buddhism and its teachings, very accessible, a bit repetitive in places but more than worth continuing on to learn more about Buddhist philosophy.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 5 July 2012
This book provides an accessible introduction to the Pali Canon. The organisation into themes means that the connections between texts can be easily seen, and the introductions to each section are lucid and helpful. The selection seems wide-ranging, and does not only include texts which appeal to the rational, Western mind ('Protestant Buddhism'), but also texts of a mythological and speculative character.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 1 July 2017
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 14 October 2017
Amazing book and easy to read.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 21 April 2012
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.
0Comment| 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 11 February 2014
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.
0Comment| 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 3 August 2017
This is a great anthology of The Buddha's teachings from the Pāli canon. Clear and concise, Bhikku Bodhi's translation deals with a great range of the topics of life and death along with helpful end-notes and detailed introductions for every chapter. I had never read anything on The Buddha before I purchased this book. It served as a great introduction to the teachings for a reasonable price. I can't find anything to fault with this book.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 15 May 2006
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.
0Comment| 51 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse


Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)