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Title Reading the Buddha's discourses in Pāli : a practical guide to the language of the ancient Buddhist canon / texts collected, translated, and explained by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Imprint Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2020]
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 人文社會聯圖  BQ1332.B36 E5 2020    AVAILABLE    30630020150437
Descript xviii, 530 pages ; 24 cm
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Note "Bhikkhu Bodhi's sophisticated, nuanced, practical instructions on how to read the Pāli of the Buddha's discourses is meant for students of early Buddhism who are already familiar with the basics of Pāli grammar and, having become acquainted with the style and terminology of the suttas, wish to progress further in their reading, and for those who would like to gain as intimate an acquaintance with the language and idiom of the texts as possible and see how translations are constructed on the basis of the original Pāli without studying the language grammatically. Ven. Bodhi's meticulously selected anthology of suttas from the Saṃyutta Nikāya includes canonical, post-canonical, commentarial, subcommentarial, medieval, and different types of literature composed in Pāli, all prose texts. Students read and analyze suttas from the major chapters of the Saṃyutta Nikāya with Ven. Bodhi as he takes a sutta and gives a literal translation of each sentence followed by a more natural English rendering, after which he explains the meaning of each word and the grammatical forms involved. By comparing the literal translations with the Pāli, and following closely the grammatical explanations, the student can determine the meaning of each word and phrase and gain familiarity with the syntax of Pāli sentences and the distinctive idioms and style of expression in the Pāli suttas. The passages are taken exclusively from the Saṃyutta Nikāya not only for linguistic reasons (to preserve the fairly uniform terminology and highly structured presentation of the Saṃyutta and avoid the great variety of words and styles of all four major Nikāyas, making it ideal for students with limited time) but also for doctrinal reasons. The major chapters of the Saṃyutta Nikāya, if rearranged, provide a systematic overview of the Buddha's teachings that mirrors the four noble truths, generally regarded as the most concise formulation of the Buddha's program of liberation. The system emerges from the order of the chapters of this book: The first chapter contains selections from the Saccasaṃyutta (SN 56), the Connected Discourses on the Four Noble Truths, which are elsewhere described as the "special Dhamma teaching of the buddhas." The four truths serve as the most concise statement of the Buddha's core teaching, a "matrix" that generates all the other teachings and a framework into which most other teachings can fit. We then turn to the other chapters in this anthology for more detailed treatment on the content of the four noble truths, such as the Khandhasaṃyutta (SN 22) for the five aggregates, or the Nidānasaṃyutta (SN 12) for dependent origination, or the three groups of suttas on the path of practice-the Satipaṭṭhānasaṃyutta (SN 47) for the four establishments of mindfulness, the Bojjhaṅgasaṃyutta (SN 46) for the seven factors of enlightenment, and the Maggasaṃyutta (SN 45) for the noble liberating eightfold path. The Buddha's discourses are linked through a complex network of allusions and cross-references: a theme or topic treated briefly in one place may be elaborated elsewhere; a term used in one sutta may be analyzed in detail in another. This unique anthology provides not only exceptional instruction in language acquisition and translation theory and practice but also a systematically sophisticated and nuanced study of the substance, style, and method of the major early Buddhist discourses"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references
The Four Noble Truths: The Matrix of the Teaching -- The Five Aggregates: The Meaning of Suffering in Brief -- The Six Sense Bases: The Channels through Which Suffering Originates -- Dependent Origination: The Origination and Cessation of Suffering -- The Path and the Way: The Practices Leading to the End of Suffering -- The Unconditioned: The Goal
Subject Buddhist literature, Pali -- Translations into English
Buddhist literature, Pali
Pali language -- Readers -- Buddhism
Buddhist literature, Pali. fast (OCoLC)fst00840207
Translations. fast (OCoLC)fst01423791
Alt Author Bodhi, Bhikkhu, compiler, translator, author of commentary
Vari Title Tipiṭaka. Suttapiṭaka. Saṃyuttanikāya. Selections. English
Tipiṭaka. Suttapiṭaka. Saṃyuttanikāya. Selections
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