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Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Aṅguttara Nikāya), The

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This book offers a complete translation of the Aṅguttara Nikāya, or The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, the fourth of the four great collections in the Sutta Piṭaka of the Pāli Canon.

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Publisher's Synopsis
The Aṅguttara arranges the Buddha’s discourses in accordance with a numerical scheme intended to promote retention and easy comprehension. In an age when writing was still in its infancy, this proved to be the most effective way to ensure that the disciples could grasp and replicate the structure of a teaching.

At the heart of the Buddha’s teaching were the suttas (Sanskrit sūtras), his discourses and dialogues. If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us. The suttas were compiled into collections called “Nikāyas,” of which there are four, each organized according to a different principle. The Dīgha Nikāya consists of longer discourses; the Majjhima Nikāya of middle-length discourses; the Saṃyutta Nikāya of thematically connected discourses; and the Aṅguttara Nikāya of numerically patterned discourses.

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"Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi...has produced an authoritative and lucid rendition that will quickly become the standard English version and is likely to remain so for many generations. Into one massive volume he has packed not simply a splendidly readable translation of the suttas of the Aṅguttara Nikāya, but a fine introduction, over 270 pages of erudite notes, and a number of useful appendices, making his work an indispensable resource for the study of the Buddha’s word for scholars and practitioners alike. This is a major contribution to Buddhist scholarship."        ~Paul Harrison, professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University and a member of the Khyentse Foundation Prize Selection Committee

Excerpt
"Life is swept along, short is the life span,
no shelters exist for one who has grown old.
Seeing clearly this peril in death,
one should do deeds of merit that bring happiness. 

When one departs [this life],
self-control over body, speech, and mind,
and the deeds of merit one did while living,
lead to one’s happiness."
~I. Brahmins

Author Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama
Commentary Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Translator Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 1944 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 2012
Series Teachings of the Buddha
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