Bodhi has translated the Commentary on the work attributed, but not conclusively so, to the early commentator and scholar Buddhaghosa. He has also translated, with minor abridgment, the earlier commentary on the final two parts of the work known as the Niddesa. When I had earlier studied the book, in common with most readers, I did not study the commentaries. As Bhikkhu Bodhi acknowledges, the commentaries are long, dense, demanding, and sometimes dull and unhelpful. Still, they are critical for the interpretation they cast on the primary text and for showing how the text was received and related to the rest of the Pali Canon.
Readers should be aware of the difficulty and length of the Commentaries, but there is much to be learned from them in reading the Suttanipata. In approaching this book, Bhikkhu Bodhi again writes in the Preface that the "serious non-academic student of Early Buddhism might feel daunted by the amount of material presented in this volume and not know where or how to proceed.
As a practical approach, I suggest initially reading the introduction and the Guide to the Suttas, and then the translation of the Suttanipata itself. Read it slowly and reflectively, without being anxious to understand every verse and line on a first reading. May seekers of liberation discard erroneous views and deviant practices, as advised by the Atthakavagga, and set their feet on the path to the goal pointed to by the Chapter on the Way to the Beyond.
The Preface, discussed above, provides a brief overview. It is followed by a lengthy Introduction to the book itself and to the Suttanipata and the Commentaries. It is essential to read the Introduction in which Bhikkhu Bodhi explains the choices and interpretations he has made in the translation and his understanding of the relationship between the text and the commentaries.. Then, there is a "Guide to the Suttas" which is effectively Bhikkhu Bodhi's own commentary on the work.
The translation of the Suttanipata follows followed by the nearly page translation of the two Commentaries. There is an extensive scholarly apparatus to the book including appendices of parallels between the Suttanipata and other discourses and a compilation of numerical sets mentioned in the commentaries. There are extensive endnotes, an index of subjects, a Pali-English glossary and a bibliography. The Suttanipata is beautifully translated. Bhikkhu Bodhi's own commentaries and materials are deeply learned and useful.
The Commentaries, as noted, are difficult, but it is a gift to have them rendered in full in English. The book is a spiritual and scholarly treasure. Of many things, I was most fascinated by the discussion of views in the fourth part of the Suttanipata and with Bhikkhu Bodhi's understanding of this discussion in the Introduction and Guide to the Suttas.
This book is a gift of wisdom and of the Buddha's Dhamma. The book requires patience and time. Readers with a serious interest in Buddhism are in Bhikkhu Bodhi's debt for this book. Robin Friedman Sep 02, Nicholas rated it it was amazing. Several translations of this seminal text exist, but Bhikkhu Bodhi is the first to include the traditional commentary on these 70 suttas in five chapters. If you only study one book on Buddha's teachings in your lifetime this is the one.
And at over pages it will inspire you for every day. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Bhikkhu Bodhi. Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in and full ordination in , bot Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in and full ordination in , both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.
He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka in and its president in Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya co-translated with Ven. He returned to the U. He is currently the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation. Books by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Trivia About The Suttanipata No trivia or quizzes yet.
The Group of Discourses Volume II was reprinted unclianged in. , but by Rhinoceros Horn and other early Buddhist poems (Sutta-nipāta) is still available . A complete translation of the Sutta Nipāta, Sutta Nipāta: The Discourse Group, , by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, is distributed free of charge by Metta Forest.
Listen to this sutta read by Thanissaro Bhikkhu 04'18" 1. What is your best response when someone is angry with you?
We ask you another thing. The Buddha counted himself as an ascetic, too, in view of the many similarities between his own movement and theirs. Read a closely related sutta SN Linguistic theory and usage were areas in which brahmanical knowledge appears to have been in flux throughout the ancient period in India. Listen to this sutta read by Thanissaro Bhikkhu 01'56" 1. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Hint: if you offer some food to a guest, but the guest declines the offer, to whom does the food belong? Listen to this sutta read by Ayya Medhanandi 05'05" 1. SN The Buddha explains how dependent co-arising functions in the development of right view. Listen to this sutta read by Leigh Brasington 03'47" 1. Recorded by jtb 30 April in Barre, Massachusetts. The Buddha explains how seeing deeply into dependent co-arising leads to Awakening. The causal chain here includes an additional set of factors not present in the "standard" chain of dependent co-arising. Listen to this sutta read by Leigh Brasington 05'44" 2.
Recorded by jtb on 30 April in Barre, Massachusetts. The Buddha traces the cause of all our suffering: the mental quality of intention. Listen to this sutta read by Ajahn Sucitto 02'38" 0. Recorded by jtb on 4 July in Concord, Massachusetts.
Read a closely related sutta SN The Buddha retells the story of how, on the eve of his Awakening, he re-discovered the long-forgotten laws of dependent co-arising and the Four Noble Truths. Listen to this sutta read by Leigh Brasington 08'16" 2. The Buddha's second discourse, in which he discusses the principle of anatta not-self with the group of five ascetics. By means of a question-and-answer dialogue with his audience, the Buddha demonstrates that there can be no abiding self in any of the five aggregates that we tend to identify as "self.
Listen to this sutta read by Bhante H. Gunaratana 08'48" 3. Translated from the Pali by Bhante H. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Bhavana Society, Rt. Anuradha learns that if you can't even locate the Tathagata in space when he's sitting right in front of you, how can you ever hope to answer questions about his fate after death?
Listen to this sutta read by Joseph Goldstein 4'54" 1.
The Buddha invokes a series of vivid similes to illustrate the voidness of the five aggregates. Listen to this sutta read by Guy Armstrong 06'57" 2. You can wish for Awakening all you want; but the only way to bring it about is by making the necessary effort. Listen to this sutta read by Joseph Goldstein 5'24" 1.
Several months after his Awakening, the Buddha delivers this sermon to an audience of 1, fire-worshipping ascetics. In his characteristically brilliant teaching style, the Buddha uses a metaphor that quickly penetrates to the heart of the audience — in this case, the metaphor of fire. Upon hearing this sermon, the entire audience attains full Awakening arahatta.
Gunaratana 08'37" 2. Taken together, this series of parallel suttas offers one of the most evocative descriptions of Nibbana to be found in the entire Canon. Listen to this sutta read by Joseph Goldstein 03'05" 1.
In this famous sutta the Buddha corrects Ven. Ananda, pointing out that having "admirable" friends, companions, and comrades is not half but the whole of the spiritual life. Listen to this sutta read by Joseph Goldstein 02'25" 0. Which is correct: by protecting oneself, one protects others; or by protecting others, one protects oneself?
The Buddha's answer may surprise you. Listen to this sutta read by Ajahn Candasiri 03'18" 1.
This is the Buddha's first discourse, delivered shortly after his Awakening to the group of five monks with whom he had practiced the austerities in the forest for many years. Listen to this sutta read by Guy Armstrong 10'06" 3. The Buddha compares the knowledge he gained in his Awakening to all the leaves in the forest, and his teachings to a mere handful of leaves. He then explains why he didn't reveal the remainder. Listen to this sutta read by Sarah Doering 02'36" 0.
Listen to this sutta read by Kamala Masters 02'20" 0. Listen to this sutta read by Sharon Salzberg 01'44" 0. The Buddha explains to the wealthy lay-follower Anathapindika about four kinds of happiness that a householder may enjoy. Some require wealth, but the best is free of charge. Listen to this sutta read by Kamala Masters 03'36" 1. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Buddhist Publication Society, P. Box 61, No. The Buddha's instructions on five facts that everyone — man, woman, monk, or nun — should frequently reflect upon.
Listen to this sutta read by Kamala Masters 06'35" 2. Five simple practices to help overcome malicious habits of thought. Listen to this sutta read by Kamala Masters 01'16" 0. Good qualities in the heart naturally lead to the development of other good qualities.
And it all starts with sila virtue. Listen to this sutta read by Ajahn Sucitto 04'58" 1. The Buddha's words on cultivating a heart filled with good will metta towards all beings. Listen to this sutta read by Thanissaro Bhikkhu 01'56" 1. The ascetic Bahiya receives a brief teaching from the Buddha about dispassion towards the senses "In the seen will be merely what is seen Listen to this sutta read by Sarah Doering 08'39" 2.
Translated from the Pali by John D. How the practice of loving-kindness excels all other paths to a happy rebirth. Listen to this sutta read by Sharon Salzberg 01'51" 0.
The three kinds of people who are capable of bringing true happiness into the world. Listen to this sutta read by Sharon Salzberg 02'16" 0. King Bimbisara, struck by the young Buddha's radiant demeanor, follows him to the mountains to discover who he is and whence he comes.