The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha)

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha)

Bhikkhu Bodhi, Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Language: English

Pages: 1814

ISBN: 2:00094370

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This is a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, containing all of the important suttas (Discourses of the Buddha) on such key Buddhist concepts as the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, the seven factors of enlightenment, and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon. Bhikkhu Bodhi's distinguished and precise translation, his insightful introductory materials, and his extensive notes guide the reader through this vast collection of the Buddha's ancient teachings. This is the third title in Wisdom Publications' award-winning Teachings of the Buddha Series, following The Long Discourses of the Buddha and The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. Like its two predecessors, and 2005's anthology of Discourses of the Buddha, this volume belongs in the library of every student of Buddhism.

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these verses. 360 Spk provides no personal identification, and no verses in her name have come down in Thı̄. 361 The simile of the chariot is elaborated at Mil 27-28, which quotes the previous verse. Vism 593,18-19 (Ppn 18:28) also quotes these two verses to confirm that “there is no being apart from name-and-form.” Vv. 553-54 are quoted at Abhidh-k-bh pp. 465-66, ascribed to the arahant nun Śailā (= Selā); see Enomoto, CSCS, p. 42.In v. 555 suffering signifies the inherent

law in a body of spiritual and ethical teachings leading to the highest goal, Nibbāna, which is likewise comprised by the Dhamma. The word “Dhamma,” however, can also signify teachings that deviate from the truth, including the erroneous doctrines of the “outside” teachers. Thus the Jain teacher Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta is said to “teach the Dhamma to his disciples” (IV 317,25)—certainly not the Buddha’s teaching. In one passage I render Dhamma as “righteousness” (at the Se counterpart of IV

Devadatta’s gain, honour, and praise arose to his own downfall and destruction. Just as a mule becomes pregnant to its own downfall and destruction, so Devadatta’s gain, honour, and praise arose to his own downfall and destruction. So dreadful, bhikkhus, are gain, honour, and praise…. Thus should you train yourselves.” This is what the Blessed One said. Having said this, the Fortunate One, the Teacher, further said this:“As its own fruit brings destruction To the plantain, bamboo, and reed, As

“Bhikkhus, I will teach you things that should be fully understood and also full understanding. Listen to that…. “And what, bhikkhus, are the things that should be fully understood? Form, bhikkhus, is something that should be fully understood; feeling … perception … volitional formations … consciousness is something that should be fully understood. These are called the things that should be fully understood. “And what, bhikkhus, is full understanding? The destruction of lust, the destruction of

coincide and agree with each other and do not diverge, that is, in regard to the chief matter.” [398] 9 The Debating Hall Then the wanderer Vacchagotta approached the Blessed One and exchanged greetings with him. When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to the Blessed One: “In recent days, Master Gotama, a number of ascetics, brahmins, and wanderers of various sects had assembled in the debating hall and were sitting together when this

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