Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya (The Teachings of the Buddha) (): Bhikkhu Bodhi: Books. Anguttaranikaya. English. The numerical discourses of the Buddha: a translation of the Anguttara Nikaya / translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. pages cm. The Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya V Upajjhatthana Sutta – and these selected discourses have been revised and given an introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in and full ordination inboth under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya From to he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived antuttara ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Theraat the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor.
Intogether with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, angtutara nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and anguttaar in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Discover with the original teachings of the Buddha in this thorough translation of some of the oldest Buddhist texts in the world.
Like the River Ganges flowing down from the Himalayas, the entire Buddhist tradition flows down to us from the teachings and deeds of the historical Buddha, who lived and taught in India during the fifth century B. To ensure that his legacy would survive the ravages of time, his direct disciples compiled records of the Buddha’s teachings soon after his passing. In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, which prevails in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, these records are regarded as the definitive “word of the Buddha.
If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us.
The suttas were compiled into collections called “Nikayas,” of which there are four, each organized according to a different principle. The Digha Nikaya consists of longer discourses; the Majjhima Nikaya of middle-length discourses; the Samyutta Nikaya of thematically connected discourses; and the Anguttara Nikaya of numerically patterned discourses.
The Anguttara arranges the Buddha’s discourses in accordance with a numerical scheme intended to promote retention and easy comprehension. In an age when writing was still in its infancy, this proved to be the most effective way to ensure that the disciples could grasp and replicate the structure of a teaching. Insightful commentary from eminent scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi Its comprehensive translation of the Anguttara Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon Teachings specifically for lay people and families Themes including family life, right livelihood, friendship, and meditation techniques laid out in a carefully organized thematic guide InVenerable Bhikkhu Bodhi was awarded the Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation.
Find the teachings to further your practice and bring clarity to your life today by diving into this rich treasure of the Buddhist literary tradition. With this volume, readers can learn about the life of the Buddha, instructions for maintaining a harmonious household, monastic practice and lifestyle, meditation practice, and the Sangha Buddhist community. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.
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Which nikaya should you start with? Four of the five nikayas are now available in English in their entirety from Wisdom Publications: Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, and Anguttara.
Of these four, I own the last three. For the first goal, the Majjhima was the obvious choice. It’s not as focused on proselytization as the Digha; it’s arguably more accessible than the Samyutta; and it includes the principle nikayq on Right View, restraining defilements asavasand meditation instruction.
Anguttsra, the Majjhima has a heavy emphasis on the supramundane renunciant path, and doesn’t include as much general life advice for a lay follower. This is where the Anguttara comes nikzya. Through his research, scholar and translator John L.
It covers a wide range of topics including cultivating a harmonious household, interpersonal relationships, and even business management.
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya by Bhikkhu Bodhi
As with the other nikayas, the Anguttara is ripe with repetition as these texts were originally chanted before they were transcribed.
I’ve found that reading them with a still mind, qnguttara allowing myself to get hung up on the phrasing, and calmly watching the text as it evolves over the course of a sutta can itself act as a meditation.
So, which nikaya should you start with? Majjhima, Anguttara, Samyutta, and Digha. I also recommend using John L. The PDF can be found online. Good luck attaining stream-entry! Thank you Bhikkhu Bodhi!
I also commute about 3 hours bhikihu day where this would be ideal to listen too.
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya
My 91 YO mom also is interested in Buddhist literature – if you could get an audible version of this created I would be even more grateful. Thanks so much for the dedication for all the amazing books you have translated. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. These discourses – almost all of which were spoken by the Buddha – have been carefully transmitted from generation to generation primarily by Buddhist monks.
Buddhism is an oral bodyi – like Hinduism – and one of the most important functions of the Buddhist monastic community was nikya memorization and transmission of the canonical literature. Indeed Buddhism – again like Hinduism – has a very systematic boxhi of orchestrating the memorization of texts, somewhat akin to the way opera choruses learn their parts. Fortunately for us it is no longer necessary to enter an Asian monastery, learn the Pali language, and memorize the many thousands of pages of the Pali canon.
We are blessed to have these translations – which were done mainly by Bhante Bhikkhu Bodhi – a remarkable Buddhist monk. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American who at a relatively young age went to Sri Lanka. He has a most remarkable mind, one that has an affinity for languages, but also a deep understanding of the teachings of the Buddha. It takes someone with both of these abilities to do justice to English translations.
Having said that, of the Nikayas, if you are only going to read one of them I recommend the Majjhima Nikaya – the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. The Anguttara Nikaya should probably be read last. I would call it supplementary material to the main teachings as provided in the Middle Length Discourses. Still, Nodhi was somewhat surprised to find new material here, material that I had not read to the best of my recollection in the Long Discourses, the Middle Length Discourses, or the Connected Discourses.
This gave me in some cases a rather different understanding of the Buddha’s teaching, which – of course – is quite vast and extremely subtle. One thing that I particularly enjoy about this collection, however, is that we see the completely mature ability of Bikkhu Bodhi as a translator and scholar at work here. He includes, for examples, comments on differences between the Pali versions and the Chinese versions of some of the discourses.
Imagine for a moment what it takes to do this. Step 1, learn Pali. Step 2, learn Chinese. Step 3, read both canons. It’s like trying to understand what Mozart did.
Bhikkhu Bodhi is also incredibly adept at pointing out obvious discrepancies, possible mis-translations and understandings, and so on. This is not like the Bible where it is often considered blasphemous to question literal translations. The aim in Buddhism – indeed the first bodi in the 8-fold path of Buddhism – is “right understanding”, and Bhikkhu Bodhi is meticulous in his attempt to make our understanding as correct as possible. Also note that he is not afraid in the least to say he doesn’t know, or to point out something that he thinks is false.
He is never telling us what to think, only what the texts say and occasionally anguttarx his opinion of something might be. While admittedly reading the Pali canon is not for the faint of heart, I think it is a necessity for anyone who is a serious student of Buddhism, either as a scholar or a practitioner. My personal experience was that upon reading the Majjhima Nikaya, my entire view of what I had been taught as a meditator changed. In fact I would say that a great deal of what is taught as Buddhism is a misrepresentation of what the Buddha taught.
That doesn’t mean that you have to agree with it, only that you are doing yourself a disservice by not reading the original teachings.