Buddha's Teachings: Being the Sutta-Nipata or Discourse Collection

by Lord Chalmers


  • ISBN: 9788120813557, 8120813553
  • Year of Publication: 1999
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 302
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 795.00

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    Buddha's Teachings contains a metrical English rendering of an important

    Buddhist work in Pali named 'Sutta-Nipata' with the original text in

    Romanized version on the opposite page. The Pali Canon, as it has come down

    to us, is divided into three Pitakas or 'baskets', viz. Vinaya-Pitaka

    Sutta-Pitaka and Abhidhamma-Pitaka. The Sutta-Nipata, translated here,

    contains an ancient, probably the most ancient, part of the Sutta-Pitaka.

    It belongs to that portion of the Sutta-Pitaka which is named Khuddaka

    Nikaya or 'Collection of Short Treatises' as distinct from the four long

    Nikayas called Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta and Anguttara. Of the five Vaggas

    (or 'books') of the present Sutta-Nipata the fifth stands out from its

    fellows by reason of its purposeful unity. Whle the Uraga, Maha, Cula and

    Atthaka Vaggas consist each of a collectioin of independent and unconnected

    poems (sometimes interspersed with prose) called Suttas, the Parayana aims

    at a dramatic synthesis. Its prologue and epilogue serve as a setting to

    the sixteen Questions which elicit Gotama's gradual exposition of the

    saving 'Way Across'.

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