The Suttanipata: An Ancient Collection of the Buddha's Discourses Together with Its Commentaries

Category: Book
By (author): Bodhi
Series: The Teachings Of The Buddha
Subject:  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Sacred Writings
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Theravada
  RELIGION / General
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 1616
Size: 8.50in x 5.37in x 2.40in
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From The Publisher*This landmark volume in the Teachings of the Buddha series translates the Suttanipata, a text that matches the Dhammapada in its concise power and its centrality to the Buddhist tradition. Celebrated translator Bhikkhu Bodhi illuminates this text and its classical commentaries with elegant renderings and authoritative annotations.

The Suttanipata, or "Group of Discourses" is a collection of discourses ascribed to the Buddha that includes some of the most popular suttas of the Pali Canon, among them the Discourse on Loving-Kindness Sutta. The suttas are primarily in verse, though several are in mixed prose and verse. The Suttanipata contains discourses that extol the figure of the muni, the illumined sage, who wanders homeless completely detached from the world. Other suttas, such as the Discourse on Downfall and the Discourse on Blessings, establish the foundations of Buddhist lay ethics. The last two chapters-the Atthakavagga (Chapter of Octads) and the Parayanavagga (The Way to the Beyond)-are considered to be among the most ancient parts of the Pali Canon. The Atthakavagga advocates a critical attitude toward views and doctrines. The Parayanavagga is a beautiful poem in which sixteen spiritual seekers travel across India to meet the Buddha and ask him profound questions pertaining to the highest goal.

The commentary, the Paramatthajotika, relates the background story to each sutta and explains each verse in detail. The volume includes numerous excerpts from the Niddesa, an ancient commentary already included in the Pali Canon, which offers detailed expositions of each verse in the Atthakavagga, the Parayanavagga, and the Rhinoceros Horn Sutta.

Translator Bhikkhu Bodhi provides an insightful, in-depth introduction, a guide to the individual suttas, extensive notes, a list of parallels to the discourses of the Suttanipata, and a list of the numerical sets mentioned in the commentaries.
Biographical NoteBhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk originally from New York City. Ordained in 1972 in Sri Lanka, where he lived for over twenty years, he was the long-time president and chief editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy. He currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery in upstate New York. Renowned for his systematic and elegant translations of Buddhist texts, Venerable Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, including The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, and In the Buddha's Words.