It was also Comprehensive, but a bit dry. Suitable for complete beginners and still useful as a quick-lookup resource for experienced practitioners. The long chapter on concentration provides sutta sources for all the forty classical subjects of meditation, while the chapter on wisdom cites texts relating to the development of insight. Easy to read, but heavy stuff and challenging concepts. This book is excellent for providing an orientation, and if read two or three times so that one really becomes familiar with the passages contained therein, when the passages are finally encountered in their full form it should prove very rewarding. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times. One of the best Buddhist books I have read.
The other thing that really bothers me about the book is the dogmatic view on cosmology. Very glad that I took the time to read this — it was, among other qualities, eye-opening — and I know that I will count it as a valuable reference in future. For those of you who find the suttas tough going on account of their lack of thematic organization, this book will be a godsend. A great collection of suttas arranged by topic, with introductions by Bhikkhu Bodhi for each section. For those of you who find the suttas tough going on account of their lack of thematic organization, this book will be a godsend. The Dhamma on why renunciation is the safest course to take the perils of samsara 7. At the heart of the Buddha's teaching were the suttas Sanskrit sutras , his discourses and dialogues.
This book is what Buddhism is. This thoughtful compilation is a valuable resource for both teachers and those who want to read the Buddha on their own. The book is organized around various topics, from the human condition and how to approach the dharma to mastering the mind and planes of realization. However, I felt the book to be more secular than spiritual. The latter is especially good. All of his translations sparkle with clarity and wisdom, but none so more than this amazing book.
This book covers everything you could ever want to know about Buddhism. If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us. Its extremely repetitious and so takes a months to get through. This book gives you an insight to early Buddhism and the Theravada school of Buddhism. Contents are well organised and it helps the reader navigate through an otherwise massive number of suttas found in the Tipitaka, in a logical and easy to assimilate manner. As stated previously, a big problem for those seeking to understand Buddhism directly from the original texts is that these texts haven't been translated very well into English. I know, So far, I'm having a really really hard time with this book.
But hey, all living things have to eat and reproduce; religion is no different. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. This book gives you an insight to early Buddhism and the Theravada school of Buddhism. The writing style was clear and easy to follow, definitions concise, and concepts well contextualized. Contents are well organised and it helps the reader navigate through an otherwise massive number of suttas found in the Tipitaka, in a logical and easy to assimilate manner. Bodhi subjects us to a series of offensively traditionalist suttas about social organization, including a lengthy section of misogynistic ideas about the appropriate role of women, before ever treating us to suttas about meditation, mindfulness or even psychological concepts like the aggregates.
Connecting scientists with Buddhist scholars, he helps unite contemplative and modern modes of investigation, bringing ancient tools and insights to bear on the acute problems facing the contemporary world. If anything, I wish the explanations of each sutta and the suttas were more mixed. As an expert who has devoted his life to Buddhism I wouldn't be surprised to learn Bhikkhu Bodhi is correct in his translation choices. This is due partly to the Bhikkhu's massive vocabulary bring a dictionary, or open one on your phone before you get started. His teachings were passed down for several centuries after his death via an oral tradition until they were written down on collections of palm leaves. The nature of the Buddha and his attainment 3. How to approach the Dhamma 4.
His efforts to foster dialogue among leaders of the world's faiths envision a future where people of different beliefs can share the planet in harmony. This book covers everything you could ever want to know about Buddhism. He gave such a great alms offering as this: eighty-four thousand bowls of gold filled with silver; eighty-four thousand bowls of silver filled with gold; eighty-four thousand bronze bowls filled with bullion; eighty-four thousand elephants, chariots, milch cows, maidens, and couches, many millions of fine cloths, and indescribable amounts of food, drink, ointment, and bedding. The modern world is also very different from the ancient world from where the texts came. Aside from being an introduction, the book has also few important changes.
It also gives data on the authors, time of composition, country of origin and includes references to secondary literature that provide more information on the works listed. To this end, he has chosen what he thinks are the most essential of the Buddha's discourses. The first of eternalism which asserts that the core human identity is indestructible and eternal self. It lists all the works of the Tipitaka, the commentaries and subcommentaries, historical chronicles, works on medicine, cosmology, grammar, law, astrology, Bible translations, etc. It's a must in every Buddhist library.