Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

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Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

Postby doubledragon » Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:59 am

I can't remember where I read that Thich Nhat Nanh recommended as basic daily reading the Bhaddekaratta Sutta (from the Majjhima Nikaya) and the Sutta Nipata, so I downloaded the pdf version in Buddhanet of the latter, an Australian version by Lesley Fowler Lebkowicz and Tamara Ditrich.

About a couple of weeks ago, I received a 1924 edition of Max Müller's "Dhammapada" with V. Fausböll's "Sutta-Nipata," and to my dismay I could see that Buddhanet's "Sutta-Nipata" and Fausböll's are totally different. :crying:

While Fausböll's edition is divided in Suttas and runs well into the 200 pages, the Buddhanet version is divided into chapters by subject (e.g. "On desire," "The Cave") and is a brief 56 pages. The spirit of the word is there, but they are basically two different books.

Could any of the members who is well-versed in both versions help me figure out which chapter in the Buddhanet version matches which sutta in the original by Fausböll?
Or is this version to be completely dismissed as a Sutta-Nipata?

Thank you very much for your answers! :bow:
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Re: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Hi DoubleDragon,

Most of the Sutta Nipata is here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html
A different tranlation of the fifth chapter is here: http://suttacentral.net/sp

There are some other translation of the 4th and 5th chapters out there as well.
See also:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13542
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11562
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=12666

We discussed the Sutta Nipata over on Dhamma Wheel in various threads. This search will take you to some of them:
https://www.google.co.th/search?q=site: ... S:official

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Re: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:43 pm

And Bhikkhu Bodhi has some talks on a few of the Suttas here: http://bodhimonastery.org/sutta-nipata.html

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Re: Versions of the Sutta-Nipata

Postby doubledragon » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:50 pm

Thank you, Mike!
These links are most useful. So looks like the Buddhanet translation came out of nowhere... :namaste:
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