9780861713318

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

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  • Copyright: 2003-06-15
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Summary

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 meaning of the texts.

Distinguished by its lucidity and technical precision, this new translation makes this ancient collection of the Buddha's discourses accessible and comprehensible to the thoughtful reader of today. Like its two predecessors in this series,

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha is sure to merit a place of honour in the library of every serious student of Buddhism.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface 11(8)
Key to the Pronunciation of Pali 19(2)
General Introduction 21(38)
Part I: The Book with Verses (Sagathavagga)
Contents
59(10)
Introduction
69(20)
Devatasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Devatas
89(50)
Devaputtasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Young Devas
139(25)
Kosalasamyutta: Connected Discourses with the Kosalan
164(31)
Marasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Mara
195(26)
Bhikkhunisamyutta: Connected Discourses with Bhikkhunis
221(10)
Brahmasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Brahmas
231(23)
Brahmanasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Brahmins
254(26)
Vangisasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Vangisa
280(14)
Vanasamyutta: Connected Discourses in the Woods
294(11)
Yakkhasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Yakkhas
305(12)
Sakkasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Sakka
317(216)
Notes
341(164)
Part II: The Book of Causation (Nidanavagga)
Contents
505(10)
Introduction
515(18)
Nidanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Causation
533(88)
Abhisamayasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Breakthrough
621(6)
Dhatusamyutta: Connected Discourses on Elements
627(24)
Anamataggasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Without Discoverable Beginning
651(11)
Kassapasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Kassapa
662(20)
Labhasakkarasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Gains and Honour
682(12)
Rahulasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Rahula
694(6)
Lakkhanasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Lakkhana
700(6)
Opammasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Similes
706(7)
Bhikkhusamyutta: Connected Discourses with Bhikkhus
713(140)
Notes
725(102)
Part III: The Book of the Aggregates (Khandhavagga)
Contents
827(12)
Introduction
839(14)
Khandhasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Aggregates
853(131)
Radhasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Radha
984(7)
Ditthisamyutta: Connected Discourses on Views
991(13)
Okkantisamyutta: Connected Discourses on Entering
1004(4)
Uppadasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Arising
1008(4)
Kilesasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Defilements
1012(3)
Sariputtasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Sariputta
1015(5)
Nagasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Nagas
1020(3)
Supannasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Supannas
1023(2)
Gandhabbasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Gandhabbas
1025(3)
Valahakasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Cloud Devas
1028(3)
Vacchagottasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Vacchagotta
1031(3)
Jhanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Meditation
1034(99)
Notes
1043(66)
Part IV: The Book of the Six Sense Bases (Salayatanavagga)
Contents
1109(12)
Introduction
1121(12)
Salayatanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
1133(127)
Vedanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Feeling
1260(26)
Matugamasamyutta Connected Discourses on Women
1286(8)
Jambukhadakasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Jambukhadaka
1294(7)
Samandakasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Samandaka
1301(1)
Moggallanasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Moggallana
1302(12)
Cittasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Citta
1314(18)
Gamanisamyutta: Connected Discourses with Headmen
1332(40)
Asankhatasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Unconditioned
1372(8)
Abyakatasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Undeclared
1380(143)
Notes
1397(64)
Part V: The Great Book (Mahavagga)
Contents
1461(24)
Introduction
1485(38)
Maggasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Path
1523(44)
Bojjhangasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Factors of Enlightenment
1567(60)
Satipatthanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Establishments of Mindfulness
1627(41)
Indriyasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Faculties
1668(41)
Sammappadhanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Right Strivings
1709(4)
Balasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Powers
1713(5)
Iddhipadasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Bases for Spiritual Power
1718(32)
Anuruddhasamyutta: Connected Discourses with Anuruddha
1750(12)
Jhanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Jhanas
1762(3)
Anapanasamyutta: Connected Discourses on Breathing
1765(23)
Sotapattisamyutta: Connected Discourses on Stream-Entry
1788(50)
Saccasamyutta: Connected Discourses on the Truths
1838(153)
Notes
1882(85)
Concordances
Verse Parallels
1967(16)
Exact Sutta Parallels
1983(3)
Template Parallels
1986(3)
Auditor-Setting Variants
1989(2)
Bibliography 1991(8)
Abbreviations 1999(6)
Pali-English Glossary 2005(22)
Indexes
Of Subjects
2027(22)
Of Proper Names
2049(14)
Of Similes
2063(4)
Of Pali Terms Discussed in the Introduction and Notes
2067

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