In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

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.

Title:In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780861714919
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  • Steve

    Researchers believe that "The Buddha" ( a term meaning "The Awakened One" ) was an actual man named Siddhartha Gautama that lived in India over 2,600 years ago.His teachings were passed down for sever...

  • Rossdavidh

    So, reviewing and assigning stars to the words of the Buddha, is kind of like pronouncing judgement on the prophecies of Christ, Moses, or Muhammad. It's a bit presumptuous. However, I'm not really ev...

  • Johanna

    So far, I'm having a really really hard time with this book. Each chapter is set up with the author/editor telling you HIS interpretation of the sutras and then finally giving you the sutras at the en...

  • Craig Shoemake

    This is the most recent of several Pali-only anthologies of Buddhist texts I've read, the other two being Word of the Buddha and Path To Deliverance, both by the famous German monk Nyanatiloka. (The l...

  • Stephen Rennolds

    As a Tantric practitioner for years it was wonderful to discover so many of my personal realizations in this book. If you aren't Buddhist and/or have no interest in Buddhism, obviously this book won't...

  • Marla

    I pick this book up again and again. It's just the end all book on Buddhism for me (if there could be an end all book). There's so much in here, you could spend a lifetime studying this one book. I he...

  • Peter Crofts

    The title says it all. This is as close as you will get to what the Buddha actually said. That may seem like an odd comment, but there is a lot of material out there that offers little to no reference...

  • van Bilderass

    The dedication to clarity and careful inquiry into the Pali terms are distinct qualities of every work of Bhikkhu Bodhi. Reading the book in two courses with a big pause in between showed me how far f...

  • Mohammad Ali Abedi

    I did not want to read a Buddhist book as envisioned by a self-help guru written primary for housewives, so I decided to read the original material. The book, "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of D...

  • retroj

    A very approachable, very readable survey of early Buddhism through a selection of suttas from the Pāli Canon and accompanying commentary and explication by Bhikkhu Bodhi. The writing style was clear...