Early Buddhist Discourses

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  • Copyright: 3/30/2006
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc

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This anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon -- the only student edition of such works available -- provides an account of Buddhist teachings directly from the earliest primary sources. Seventeen discourses are provided, including those most essential to the study and teaching of early Buddhism. Substantial introductions to each discourse highlight the main themes and set the ideas presented in the context of wider philosophical and religious issues. The general Introduction discusses the structure and language of the Pali Canon -- its importance within the Buddhist tradition, and the historical context in which it developed -- and gives an overview of the basic doctrines of early Buddhism. Additional support materials include helpful footnotes, a select bibliography, and a glossary of key terms.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
General Introduction vii
List of Primary Texts xxiii
1. Discourse on the Noble Quest
Ariyapariyesana Sutta
2. Discourse to the Kälatnas
Kalama Sutta
3. The Greater Discourse on Cause
Mahanidana Sutta
4. The Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness
Mahasatipatthana Sutta
5. The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving
Mahtitanhasankhaya Sutta
6. Discourse of the Honeyball
Madhupindika Sutta
7. Short Discourses from the Samyutta Nikaya
8. The Shorter Discourse to Malunkyaputta
Cula-malunkya Sutta
9. Discourse on the Parable of the Water Snake
Alagaddupama Sutta
10. Discourse to Vacchagotta on Fire
Aggivacchagotta Sutta
11. Discourse to Prince Abhaya
Abhayarajakumara Sutta
12. Discourse to Potthapada
Potthapada Sutta
13. Discourse on the Threefold Knowledge
Tevijja Sutta
14. Discourse to Assalayana
Assalayana Sutta
15. The Lion's Roar on the Wheel-Turning Monarch
Cakkavattisihanada Sutta
16. Discourse to the Layman Sigala
Sigilovada Sutta
General Glossary 202(10)
Selected Bibliography 212(3)
Index 215

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