Original texts without discourses

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Original texts without discourses

Post by Dragonskin » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:05 pm

In trying to study Buddha's teachings, it feels like I am jumping back and forth through it. I would like to study his original teachings, without discourse, from beginning to end. Can you suggest a book/s ( I would prefer hard copy to e-books). Currently I am trying to fathom the Abhidhamma, but feel I must return to basics and study just Dhamma.
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Re: Original texts without discourses

Post by Ben » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:24 pm

I'm not sure I understand your question.
If you want to study the Buddha's original teachings then you will need to refer to the canonical literature. It may benefit you to use Bhikkhu Bodhi's series on the Majjhima Nikaya which is a thematic exploration of the MN. http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html

Bhikkhu Bodhi has also published an anthology of the Buddha's core discourses "In the Buddha's Words".
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Re: Original texts without discourses

Post by mikenz66 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:26 pm

Hi Dragonskin,

Do you mean you want to read all of the Suttas (discourses) of the Buddha?

English translations of the first four Nikayas are here:
and the books of the Khuddaka Nikaya are available in various places.
See: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/index.html

Personally, I found Bhikkhu Bodhi's collection of suttas (he is responsible for many of the translations listed above) In the Buddha's Words to be invaluable in making sense of the overall layout of the Nikayas.
http://www.wisdompubs.org/pages/display ... yValue=104

See also :
Befriending the Suttas
Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses


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Re: Original texts without discourses

Post by Kamran » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:49 pm

Sati Center distributes a wonderful 5 volume anthology by Thanissaro Bikhu for free. You just have to send a letter requesting the books from below.


"Handful of Leaves, Volume I, Ajaan Thanissaro’s translation of selections from the Digha and Majjhima Nikayas (Middle Length and Long Discourses), has been sent to people in over a dozen countries on six continents, and in many of the United States during the past few months. Volumes II, III, IV and V are now available for distribution. Volume II contains selections from the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses) and Volume III has suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (Numerical Collection of Discourses). Volume IV contains selections from the Khuddaka Nikaya (Short Collection) and Volume V contains an anthology from the Five Nikayas."
"Silence gives answers"

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