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    The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima-Nikaya (Teachings of the Buddha) (Hardback) Volume editor Bhikkhu Bodhi, By (author) Bodhi Bhikkhu, Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli

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    DescriptionThis book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or "Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha," one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings--consists of 152 "suttas" or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter "suttas" of the other collections. The Majjhima Nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings. These teachings, which range from basic ethics to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from many different strata of ancient Indian society: with kings and princes, priests and ascetics, simple villagers and erudite philosophers. Replete with drama, reasoned argument, and illuminating parable and simile, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full glory of his resplendent wisdom, majestic sublimity, and compassionate humanity. The translation is based on an original draft translation left by the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which has been edited and revised by the American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who provides a long introduction and helpful explanatory notes. Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, this translation enables the Buddha to speak across twenty-five centuries in language that addresses the most pressing concerns of the contemporary reader seeking clarification of the timeless issues of truth, value, and the proper conduct of life. Winner of the 1995 "Choice" Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award, and the "Tricycle Prize" for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.


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    Title
    The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
    Subtitle
    A Translation of the Majjhima-Nikaya
    Authors and contributors
    Volume editor Bhikkhu Bodhi, By (author) Bodhi Bhikkhu, Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1424
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 55 mm
    Weight: 1,261 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780861710720
    ISBN 10: 086171072X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: HRLC1, HRE
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15470
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRORLBUD
    BISAC V2.8: REL092000
    B&T Approval Code: A13322400
    DC22: 294.3823
    DC20: 294.382
    DC22: 294.4/823
    LC classification: BQ1312.E5 N36 1995, Q1312.E5N3
    Thema V1.0: QD, QRF
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Wisdom Publications,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Wisdom Publications,U.S.
    Publication date
    09 November 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Somerville
    Author Information
    Venerable Nanamoli (1905-60) was born in England and became a monk in Sri Lanka in 1949. During the eleven years he spent as a monk, he translated from Pali into lucid English some of the most difficult texts of Theravada Buddhism, including Buddhaghosa's "Path of Purification." 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.
    Review quote
    "It can be difficult for Westerners to penetrate the 'official' Buddhist canon, but one English-language translation stands above the rest: "The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha", published by Wisdom Publications."--Mark Schneider, religion reporter, Canadian Television News
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    This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.