|The golden Buddha, a forest-tradition itinerant teacher and wandering ascetic from India and Afghanistan shown here in modern Theravada Thailand (Nippon_Newfie/flickr.com)|
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The first, "The Book with Verses," is a compilation of sutras composed largely in verse. This book ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon, showing the Buddha as the peerless "teacher of devas and humans."
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- Dependent Origination (how all things other than nirvana arise only in dependence on causes and conditions),
- the Five Aggregates of Clinging (the four groups of physical phenomena lumped as one, "form," and the four psychological groups of phenomena -- "feeling, perception, mental formations, consciousness" -- that give rise to the illusory ego, repeated rebirth, and all forms of disappointment/suffering),
- the Six Sense Bases (the five ordinary physical senses in addition to the mind),
- the Seven Factors of Enlightenment (the constituents developed immediately preceding awakening),
- the Noble Eightfold Path (a summary list of the limbs of the Middle Way pointed out by the Buddha), and
- the Four Noble Truths (the shortest possible summary of all Buddhist teachings as a path to liberation and complete freedom from all suffering).
|Buddha, Sukhothai, Thailand|
|Bhikkhu Bodhi (bodhimonastery.org)|
The present translation begins with an insightful general introduction to the collection a whole. Each of the five parts is provided with an introduction intended to guide readers through this vast collection of short Buddhist sutras.
To further assist readers the translator -- the eminent American scholar-monk, Bhikkhu Bodhi, the principal teacher of Wisdom Quarterly writers and translators -- has provided an extensive body of notes clarifying various problems concerning both the language and the meaning of these sacred texts.
|Wheel of the Dharma above (NN)|