The works of the Buddha can feel vast, and it is sometimes difficult for even longtime students to know where to look, especially since the Buddha never explicitly defined the framework behind his teachings. Designed to provide just such a framework, In the Buddha's Words is an anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by a celebrated scholar and translator. For easy reference, the book is arrayed in ten thematic sections ranging from "The Human Condition" to "Mastering the Mind" to "The Planes of Realization." Each section comes with introductions, notes, and essays to help beginners and experts alike draw greater meaning from the Buddha's words. The book also features a general introduction by the author that fully lays out how and why he has arranged the Buddha's teachings in this volume. This thoughtful compilation is a valuable resource for both teachers and those who want to read the Buddha on their own.
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This landmark volume in the Teachings of the Buddha series translates the Suttanipata, a text that matches the Dhammapada in its concise power and its centrality to the Buddhist tradition. Celebrated translator Bhikkhu Bodhi illuminates this text and its classical commentaries with elegant renderings and authoritative annotations. The Suttanipata, or “Group of Discourses” is a collection of discourses ascribed to the Buddha that includes some of the most popular suttas of the Pali Canon, among them the Discourse on Loving-Kindness Sutta. The suttas are primarily in verse, though several are in mixed prose and verse. The Suttanipata contains discourses that extol the figure of the muni, the illumined sage, who wanders homeless completely detached from the world. Other suttas, such as the Discourse on Downfall and the Discourse on Blessings, establish the foundations of Buddhist lay ethics. The last two chapters—the Atthakavagga (Chapter of Octads) and the Parayanavagga (The Way to the Beyond)—are considered to be among the most ancient parts of the Pali Canon. The Atthakavagga advocates a critical attitude toward views and doctrines. The Parayanavagga is a beautiful poem in which sixteen spiritual seekers travel across India to meet the Buddha and ask him profound questions pertaining to the highest goal. The commentary, the Paramatthajotika, relates the background story to each sutta and explains each verse in detail. The volume includes numerous excerpts from the Niddesa, an ancient commentary already included in the Pali Canon, which offers detailed expositions of each verse in the Atthakavagga, the Parayanavagga, and the Rhinoceros Horn Sutta. Translator Bhikkhu Bodhi provides an insightful, in-depth introduction, a guide to the individual suttas, extensive notes, a list of parallels to the discourses of the Suttanipata, and a list of the numerical sets mentioned in the commentaries.
A lavishly produced book featuring carefully chosen selections from the Buddha’s teachings for use in recitation and reflection. Buddhist Suttas for Recitation provides everything you need to begin and maintain a practice of contemplative recitation and reflection. These practices will deepen your connection to the Buddha, strengthen your faith in the Path, and nurture your intellectual understanding of the Dhamma. This unique volume includes carefully chosen discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon—presented in inspiring and accessible English with accompanying Pali—that convey the essence of the Dhamma. The introductory material explains the relationship between meditation and devotional practice, offers instructions on setting up a home altar, and gives advice on how to use these texts to enhance your spiritual development.
Anapanasati by the Tathagata should have been one among the top rankings. Words of the Buddha in regard to mindfulness of breathing, The Tathagata in his teaching addressed that Anapanasati shall fulfil the four establishments of mindfulness, which then fulfil the seven enlightenment factors, leading to true knowledge and liberation. These could have been achieved in one single in-breathing-and-out-breathing, providing one practices in accordance with the teaching of the Tathagata, the enlightened one For all being who possesses the ability to attain true knowledge, this would be one book worth studying because the book contains details of the suttas of the Buddha's own words in all aspects with regard to Anapanasati. This book would probably be the guide to liberation from sufferings by developing Anapanasati based on teachings from the Buddha's own words and not from those of his disciples It has been quite an effort in compiling the suttas in order to publish this book on Anapanasati. However, it has been apparent in his teachings that the Tathagata established Anapanasati as a "pleasant dwelling" and said of the many fruits and benefits of Anapanasati.
A balanced selection from Buddhist writings, including scriptures used by the Zen School, with chapters on the Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism, Concentration and Meditation, the Buddhist Order, and Nirvana. With sources, glossary and index.
Quotes from the Buddha are everywhere: on Facebook, Instagram, coffee mugs, posters. There's only one problem: the Buddha didn't actually say most of them. This humorous and informative book takes these fake Buddha quotes as a launching point for a discussion on what the Buddha really did say, and is a great entry point for those interested in learning more about Buddhism--what it is, and what it isn't. Bodhipaksa, a well-known Buddhist teacher and the founder of fakebuddhaquotes.com, takes a look at some of the quotes that are erroneously attributed to the Buddha, explains the ways in which these disagree (or sometimes agree) with Buddhist teachings, and offers some genuine examples of the Buddha's words. The perfect gift for the Buddhist in your life and an essential addition to any Buddhist library, I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha! is at once humorous and scholarly, and a timely antidote to the "fake news" that can surround some of the Buddha's teachings.
'An original, insightful, and provocative evaluation of our economic situation today. If you wonder about the social implications of Buddhist teachings, this is an essential book.' David Loy, author Money, Sex, War, Karma. 'Lays bare the pernicious consequences of corporate capitalism and draws forth from Buddhism suggestions for creating benign alternatives conducive to true human flourishing.' Bhikkhu Bodhi, editor In the Buddha's Words. After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer everyone decent food, shelter, work and leisure, to allow us to fulfil our potential as human beings. What is it in modern capitalism which prevents that? Can Buddhism build something better than our current economic system? Vaddhaka Linn explores these questions by examining our economic world from the moral standpoint of the Buddha.
Lord Buddha’s teachings have been preserved for centuries through oral transmission by means of recitation. Since the Dhamma were not recorded in writing, disciples assembled regularly to recite together in concord. Variations in individual memories were not allowed to obscure the Buddha’s words. While chanting, devotees contemplate the Dhamma with peaceful minds, free from other tasks. Chanting also requires deep concentration. It is part of daily Dhamma practice. Thus, monks in every monastery routinely assemble to chant the words of the Buddha together in group recitation. I am extremely delighted to have this ‘Traditional Pali Chants in English’ Book. It will permit international Dhamma devotees to take part in the recitation and to contemplate and help preserve the teachings of the Buddha. Because of the English translations, the book conveys the meaning as well as the sound of Lord Buddha’s teachings. I would like to profoundly thank everyone who participated in the gargantuan mission to publish this book for their many varied contributions. I enthusiastically congratulate them all on this extremely successful achievement. They include Phra Yossaphat Khantidhammo, Watcharapol Daengsubha and Saranviphat Svetanan, to mention only a few. May Lord Buddha bless them all for their highly meritorious efforts http://dhammacenter.org/ https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5reTWVk2cAZRFpHZGlmbzdRdm8
Foreword Lord Buddha’s teachings have been preserved for centuries through oral transmission by means of recitation. Since the Dhamma were not recorded in writing, disciples assembled regularly to recite together in concord. Variations in individual memories were not allowed to obscure the Buddha’s words. While chanting, devotees contemplate the Dhamma with peaceful minds, free from other tasks. Chanting also requires deep concentration. It is part of daily Dhamma practice. Thus, monks in every monastery routinely assemble to chant the words of the Buddha together in group recitation. I am extremely delighted to have this ‘Traditional Pali Chants in English’ Book. It will permit international Dhamma devotees to take part in the recitation and to contemplate and help preserve the teachings of the Buddha. Because of the English translations, the book conveys the meaning as well as the sound of Lord Buddha’s teachings. I would like to profoundly thank everyone who participated in the gargantuan mission to publish this book for their many varied contributions. I enthusiastically congratulate them all on this extremely successful achievement. They include Phra Yossaphat Khantidhammo, Watcharapol Daengsubha and Saranviphat Svetanan, to mention only a few. May Lord Buddha bless them all for their highly meritorious efforts. Dr. Phra Rajyanvisith (Hon. D.) Coordinator, Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand, Abbot, Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakāyārām
Written over 25 centuries ago, "The Diamond Sutra", like many sutras, begins with the famous phrase 'Thus have I heard'. In this sutra the Buddha has finished his daily walk with the monks to gather offerings of food, and sits down to rest. One of the more senior monks, Subhuti, comes forth and asks the Buddha a question. What follows is a dialogue regarding the nature of perception. In this book Osho offers his unique and highly accessible interpretation of the Buddha's words. When you read Osho, it is as if you are in the audience while he speaks. The words are recordings of his teachings - the easy, humorous conversational style makes for effortless reading and brings the most complex ideas into a form that anyone can understand and learn from. His irreverent wit and thought-provoking inspiration continue to attract growing numbers of readers and devotees. 'This sutra - "The Diamond Sutra" - was born in Sravasti. The Sanskrit name of this sutra is "Vajrachchhedika Prajnaparamita Sutra". It means perfection of wisdom which cuts like a thunderbolt. If you allow, Buddha can cut you like a thunderbolt. He can behead you. He can kill you and help you to be reborn. The new being is possible only when the old has been destroyed. A buddha has to be both - a murderer and a mother. On the one hand he has to kill, on the other hand he has to give new being to you' - Osho.