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Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

ISBN : 9780192839251

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Author: 
Rupert Gethin
Pages
368 Pages
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Paperback
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129 x 195 mm
Pub date
Oct 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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As if someone were to hold up a lamp in the dark so that those with eyes could see - in exactly the same way Gotama has made the truth clear in various ways.'

Gotama the Buddha, who lived the life of a wandering ascetic in northern India during the fifth century BCE, is looked to as the founder of one of the world's major religions. One of the main sources for knowledge of his teachings is the four Pali Nikayas or 'collections' of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texs and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha's teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse).

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Gotama the Buddha, who lived the life of a wandering ascetic in northern India during the fifth century B.C.E., is looked to as the founder of one of the world窶冱 major religions. One of the main sources for knowledge of his teachings is the four Nikayas or collections of his sayings.
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Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words.
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This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha窶冱 most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha窶冱 teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse).
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Click on the links below to hear Rupert Gethin of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, who edited and translated this new collection, introduce and read from The Sayings of the Buddha.
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Introducing The Sayings of the Buddha
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Unlike the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, there窶冱 no single cannon of Buddhist scriptures, so where and when did the ancient Pali texts which make up The Sayings of the Buddha originate?
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Rupert Gethin discusses their origins [4:07]
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What is the relationship between these ancient Pali texts and the Indian ascetic who lived in the fifth century BCE and who came to be known as the Buddha?
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Learn more about the historical Buddha [3:05]
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The texts present the Buddhist understanding of what it means to follow the spiritual path.
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The teachings of the Buddha [1:31]
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Reading the Sayings
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King Mahasudassana and the gem-treasure: in this text the Buddha describes a previous life of his in which he was a perfect mythic king.
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Listen to Rupert Gethin read from this sutta [3:56]
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And hear him discuss its meaning[2:14]
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窶廬t occurred to me that I might take very little food窶ヲ窶・/i> This extract comes from one of the suttas that describes the Buddha窶冱 own quest for awakening.


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And hear why the Buddha renounced the practice of severe austerities[1:03]
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The Monkey:
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Listen to the parable of the foolish and impulsive monkey trapped by monkey lime [4:03]
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And listen to the lesson which Buddhist monks drew from the tale [1:41]
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Going Further
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What exactly is a sutta?
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Rupert Gethin discusses how the suttas function[3:30]
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Early Buddhism had an oral rather than a written culture. The texts make much use of repetition, both as an aid to memory for the monks and also as a way to induce a meditative state in the listener.
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How to approach these texts [7:11]
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Listen to the effect of repetition in this extract from a description of the mythic city of Kusavati [2:27]
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About the author: 

Translated by Rupert Gethin, Reader in Buddhist Studies, University of Bristol

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