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Befriending the Suttas: Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses
"Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.' That's how you should train yourselves."
— SN 20.7
The Pali canon contains many thousands of suttas (discourses), of which more than one thousand are now available in English translation here at Access to Insight. When faced with such a vast store of riches, three questions naturally spring to mind: Why should I read the suttas? Which ones should I read? How should I read them?
There are no simple cookie-cutter answers to these questions; the best answers will be the ones you discover on your own. Nevertheless, I offer here a few ideas, suggestions, and tips that I've found to be helpful over the years in my own exploration of the suttas. Perhaps you'll find some of them helpful, too.
culaavuso wrote:In the Buddha's Words contains a number of discourses from the Pali Canon translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and organized helpfully in a format matching the general outline of the gradual training given in the suttas themselves.
greeneggsandsam wrote:Hi all,
I am interested in reading some of the original sutta's and wondering where a good place to look would be?
I am new to all this so forgive me if I make any silly mistakes...
As I understand the Pali Canon is split up into different books/sections?
I am looking for a translation also, I can't read Pali!!!
I found this, what do you think?
http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Transl ... pd_sim_b_7
Again I have never read any of the original (translated) texts, so where do beginners usually start?
On a side note - I know they have most of the sutta's online, but I am not a big fan of reading too much material online, it makes my eyes hurt
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