Sayings of the Buddha
New Translations from the Pali Nikayas
Translated by Rupert Gethin
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Sayings of the Buddha by Rupert Gethin
Book Description'As if someone were to hold up a lamp in the dark so that those with eyes could see - in exactly the same way Gotama has made the truth clear in various ways.' Gotama the Buddha, who lived the life of a wandering ascetic in northern India during the fifth century BCE, is looked to as the founder of one of the world's major religions. One of the main sources for knowledge of his teachings is the four Pali Nikayas or 'collections' of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texs and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha's teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse). ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192839251
(195mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rupert Gethin
Foundations of Buddhism, Paperback (July 1998)» View all books by Rupert Gethin
Concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism. From the narrative of the story of the Buddha, through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions, the framework of the Four Noble Truths, this work provides an introduction to Buddhism.
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Author Biography - Rupert Gethin
Rupert Gethin is the author of The Buddhist Path to Awakening and The Foundations of Buddhism.
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