bookcover In the Buddha's words: an anthology, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology, by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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This volume makes an excellent introduction into reading the suttas. More compact than the four volumes so far published of the Nikāyas, this anthology also features a helpful introductory essay and a thematic organization:

I. The Human Condition
II. The Bringer of Light
III. Approaching the Dhamma
IV. The Happiness Visible in this Present Life
V. The Way to Fortunate Rebirth
VI. Deepening One’s Perspective on the World
VII. Mastering the Mind
IX. Shining the Light of Wisdom
X. The Planes of Realization

Bodhi’s translations, as usual, are clear and readable, doing much to make a literature from a far-away time alive and compelling. Contains classic passages of the Buddha’s advice on both daily life and meditation.

In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha). Translated and arranged by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2005. 512 pages.