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

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 10, 2005 - Religion - 2080 pages
This volume offers a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, the third of the four great collections in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. The Samyutta Nikaya consists of fifty-six chapters, each governed by a unifying theme that binds together the Buddha's suttas or discourses. The chapters are organized into five major parts.

The first, The Book with Verses, is a compilation of suttas composed largely in verse. This book ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon, showing the Buddha in his full grandeur as the peerless "teacher of gods and humans." The other four books deal in depth with the philosophical principles and meditative structures of early Buddhism. They combine into orderly chapters all the important short discourses of the Buddha on such major topics as dependent origination, the five aggregates, the six sense bases, the seven factors of enlightenment, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Four Noble Truths.

Among the four large Nikayas belonging to the Pali Canon, the Samyutta Nikaya serves as the repository for the many shorter suttas of the Buddha where he discloses his radical insights into the nature of reality and his unique path to spiritual emancipation. This collection, it seems, was directed mainly at those disciples who were capable of grasping the deepest dimensions of wisdom and of clarifying them for others, and also provided guidance to meditators intent on consummating their efforts with the direct realization of the ultimate truth.

The present work begins with an insightful general introduction to the Samyutta Nikaya as a whole. Each of the five parts is also provided with its own introduction, intended to guide the reader through this vast, ocean-like collection of suttas.

To further assist the reader, the translator has provided an extensive body of notes clarifying various problems concerning both the language and the mean
 

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Contents

Mahakappina
721
Companions
722
Notes
725
Contents
827
Introduction
839
25
849
Sariputta
1015
Connected Discourses
1028

Anathapindika
146
Various Sectarians
152
Connected Discourses with
164
The Second Subchapter Childless
173
The Third Subchapter The Kosalan Pentad
185
Chapter IV
195
The Second Subchapter Rulership
202
The Third Subchapter The Mara Pentad
210
Bhikkhunis
221
6Cala
228
Connected Discourses with
231
The Second Subchapter Brahma Pentad
247
Connected Discourses with
254
Connected Discourses with
280
Pavarana
286
Gaggara
292
Connected Discourses in
294
Connected Discourses with
305
Sudatta
311
Connected Discourses with Sakka
317
The Second Subchapter The Seven Vows
329
Worship
335
Notes
341
Contents
507
Introduction
515
Chapter I
533
Nutriment
540
Breakthrough
621
Discoverable Beginning
651
Honour
682
Lakkhana
700
Connected Discourses with Similes
706
The Drum Peg
708
Blocks of Wood
709
The Bull Elephant
710
The Cat
711
The ackal 1
712
Connected Discourses with
713
Upatissa
714
The Newly Ordained Bhikkhu
716
Sujata
717
Lakuntaka Bhaddiya
718
Nanda
719
Tissa
720
Chapter XII
1031
Connected Discourses on Meditation
1034
Pliancy in relation to Attainment
1037
Notes
1043
Contents
1113
Introduction
1121
Connected Discourses on
1133
Sick
1157
Channa
1163
The Sixes
1173
Connected Discourses on Feeling
1260
Matngamasamyntta Connected Discourses on Women
1286
Powers
1289
Connected Discourses with
1294
Arahantship
1295
Connected Discourses with
1301
Connected Discourses with Citta
1314
Connected Discourses with
1332
Connected Discourses on
1372
Connected Discourses on
1380
Notes
1397
Contents
1461
ii Removal of Lust Version
1467
Introduction
1485
Fourth Ganges Repetition Series
1550
Enlightenment
1567
Connected Discourses on
1627
Connected Discourses on
1668
Diligence
1707
Connected Discourses on
1709
Connected Discourses on the Bases
1718
Connected Discourses with
1750
Connected Discourses on the Ihanas
1762
Connected Discourses
1788
Connected Discourses on the Truths
1838
Notes
1889
Concordances
1967
Bibliography
1991
Abbreviations
1999
PaliEnglish Glossary
2005
Indexes
2027
and Notes
2065
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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City, born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition.

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