Udana and the Itivuttaka: Two Classics from the Pali Canon

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Buddhist Publication Society, Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 258 pages

Two small classics of the Pali Canon in one volume. The Udana is a compilation of eighty short but deeply impressive suttas, each expressing the Buddha's joyful insight into the profound significance of apparently simple events. The Itivuttaka is a collection of 112 inspiring texts in mixed prose and verse. Both will prove to be constant friends and wellsprings of inspiration. With introductions and notes.


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Essential reading for any serious Buddhist regardless of school or tradition. Stop reading the latest crackpot pseudo-Buddhist book by the latest self-proclaimed-guru-of-the-month and read the actual suttas (sutras) from the Buddha himself.

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Page 77 - Go ye now, O Bhikkhus, and wander, for the gain of the many, for the welfare of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, for the gain, and for the welfare of gods and men.
Page 65 - ... suffered in hell for many years, for many hundreds of years, for many thousands of years...
Page 32 - And how does a monk live contemplating the body in the body? Herein, monks, a monk having gone to the forest, to the foot of a tree or to an empty place, sits down, with his legs crossed, keeps his body erect and his mindfulness alert.3 Ever mindful he breathes in, and mindful he breathes out. Breathing in a long breath...
Page 183 - This is the origin of suffering". .."This is the cessation of suffering".
Page 16 - Thus have I heard: At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's monastery.
Page 165 - After these words the Bhagavat spoke thus to the blessed Ananda: 'Well said! well said! Ananda; excellent indeed is your question *, good your philosophy, and beautiful your understanding! You, O Ananda, have arrived for the benefit and happiness of many people, out of compassion for the world, for the sake of the great body of men, for the benefit and happiness of gods and men...
Page 106 - Then, bhikkhus, the Brahma Sahampati knew with his mind the thought in my mind and he considered: 'The world will be lost, the world will perish, since the mind of the Tathagata, accomplished and fully enlightened, inclines to inaction rather than to teaching the Dhamma.' Then, just as quickly as a strong man might extend his flexed arm or flex his extended arm, the Brahma Sahampati vanished in the Brahma-world and appeared before me. He arranged his upper robe on one shoulder, and extending his...
Page 91 - Ones have only pointed the way. Give ear, then, for the Immortal is found. I reveal, I set forth the Truth. As I reveal it to you, so act. And that Supreme Goal of the holy life, for the sake of which sons of good families rightly go forth from home to the homeless state: this you will in no long time, in this very life, make known to yourself, realize, and make your own.
Page 198 - Sariputta, one of the two chief disciples of the Buddha, the other being Moggallana.
Page 6 - But he who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Law and the Order, he perceives, in his clear wisdom, the Four Noble Truths. "Suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering...

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