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Buying some suttas

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:21 pm
by Keith
I've listened through Bhikkhu Bodhi's 'Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya' a couple of times. Would it be worthwhile buying his translation of the Majjhima Nikaya or should I spend my money on one of his translations of one of the other Nikayas? Or the anthology? I'd be keen to hear your thoughts.

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:07 pm
by Sam Vara
All are good, in my opinion. It depends on temperament. If you want to avoid being bogged down in repetition and continuing focus on one topic, the MN would be better than the SN, and the anthology best of all. Presumably he chose those suttas to give a broad and representative overview.

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:23 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
You might find his translation of the Numerical Discourses more useful.

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:30 pm
by befriend
I agree, anguttara nikaya is more like the dhammapada.

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:24 pm
by retrofuturist
Greetings,

In order of preference... SN, MN, AN, DN.

Intermingled in amongst there are the minor collections of the KN, of which the Sutta Nipata is the best, IMO.

Metta,
Paul. :)

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:57 pm
by BKh
If you don't own any of the nikayas, then the anthology is a great first/next book.

The MN is less expensive than the SN and AN. And if you have done Bhante Bodhi's MN class, then I think that actually reading the MN yourself would be a highly successful and enjoyable endeavour.

Here is a guide to having a daily practice with the MN, if you like.
https://www.readingfaithfully.org/majjh ... -practice/

You may find the other resources on that site helpful as well.

Good luck!

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:40 pm
by Volo
Imo AN has many more practical advices than any other Nikaya. I would recommend to read it. I bought a digital version from Wisdom publication. It's very useful, because you can easily find sutta if you remember some key words from it.

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:21 am
by mikenz66
BKh wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:57 pm
If you don't own any of the nikayas, then the anthology is a great first/next book.

The MN is less expensive than the SN and AN. And if you have done Bhante Bodhi's MN class, then I think that actually reading the MN yourself would be a highly successful and enjoyable endeavour.

Here is a guide to having a daily practice with the MN, if you like.
https://www.readingfaithfully.org/majjh ... -practice/

You may find the other resources on that site helpful as well.

Good luck!
I agree that the MN has a lot of really useful suttas, packaged in a manageable size, which I think is why Bhikkhu Bodhi, among a number of other teachers available online, such as at the BSWA, https://bswa.org/practices/sutta-study- ... ds-buddha/ use a lot of MN suttas.

There is also a nice (free) book by Sharda Rogell here: https://www.shardarogell.com/reading-an ... pure-honey

:heart:
Mike

Re: Buying some suttas

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:38 pm
by Will
Very fond of Suttanipata and Bhikkhu Bodhi has translated that, along with traditional commentary. That makes it a very rich (and large) book!