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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by DGDC » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:03 am

samseva wrote:
DGDC wrote:Thannissaro's work is yet another interpretation of the Tipitaka (Skt. Tripitaka). Tipitaka is the belief system of the Theravada tradition. There are many other interpretations of Tipitaka; for example, What the Buddha Taught by Walpola. A recent successor to the book is What the Buddha Thought by Richard Gombrich.

There is no way to judge which one accurately reflects the Teachings of Lord Buddha (Buddho Bhagava). The name for the Teaching in the Tipitaka is 'Dhamma of the Lord' (Bhagavata Dhammo).

The information given above may be useful, in understanding Thanissaro,
They aren't infallible, but there are ways.
The Dhamma of the Lord Buddha is based on the four Ariyasacca--Noblest-Truths. Truths are not meant to be interpreted. They are to be understood.

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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by samseva » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:41 pm

DGDC wrote:
samseva wrote:
DGDC wrote:Thannissaro's work is yet another interpretation of the Tipitaka (Skt. Tripitaka). Tipitaka is the belief system of the Theravada tradition. There are many other interpretations of Tipitaka; for example, What the Buddha Taught by Walpola. A recent successor to the book is What the Buddha Thought by Richard Gombrich.

There is no way to judge which one accurately reflects the Teachings of Lord Buddha (Buddho Bhagava). The name for the Teaching in the Tipitaka is 'Dhamma of the Lord' (Bhagavata Dhammo).

The information given above may be useful, in understanding Thanissaro,
They aren't infallible, but there are ways.
The Dhamma of the Lord Buddha is based on the four Ariyasacca--Noblest-Truths. Truths are not meant to be interpreted. They are to be understood.
Yes, but there are ways to determine how accurate different translations are.

Although completely avoiding any form of interpretation at all is difficult for any translation, Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu's work are still translations of the Tipiṭaka. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula and What the Buddha Thought by Richard Gombrich however, are much more closer to interpretations (not necessarily wrong, it is just that they are interpretations).

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