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can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby dhammastudier » Sat May 29, 2010 5:13 pm

i'm beginning reading the samyutta nikaya from the sutta pitaka soon and was curious as to which book (if any) out of the translated ones by bhikku bodhi and one by maurice walsh have the stories of the buddha's birth, youth, quest for enlightenment, and death? also where are the stories of the taming of the elephant, miracle of pairs, etc. or are these from mahayana suttas?

the books are as follows:

the middle length discourses of the buddha: majjhima nikaya (sutta pitaka)

the long discourses of the buddha: digha nikaya (sutta pitaka)

the connected discourses of the buddha: samyutta nikaya (sutta pitaka).

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 6:10 pm

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 6:23 pm

Thats right, MN = Majjhima Nikaya, DN = Digha Nikaya.

After doing some searching I found that the Miracle of Pairs is contained in text called Mahavastu which is a text of the Lokottaravāda school of Early Buddhism. Im not at all familiar with this school or its texts. I dont believe this sutta is found in the Pali Tipitaka.

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 6:27 pm

Im sorry MN 23 should be MN 123. Heres a link though its not the best translation.

http://www.vipassana.info/123-acchariyabbhutta-e.htm


:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 6:41 pm

If you want all these stories but dont have money to put out for the full translations then I recommend the classic book, Life of the Buddha, According to the Pali Canon Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which contains them all and more:

http://www.pariyatti.org/bookstore/prod ... sku=771410

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby mikenz66 » Sat May 29, 2010 7:45 pm

HI Zac,

If you are interested in studying the Suttas I strongly recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's collection "In the Buddha's Words".
See this thread: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392

It's an excellent selection of (mostly his) translations, organized in a logical progression (with many of the stories you are asking about early on) with very clear notes and background explanations. If I had to pick a single book, this would be it. Though I have the full translations that are available for the DN/MN/SN I keep coming back to this one because of the way it is organised. In fact, if someone asks "where did the Buddha say X?" I reach for this contents page of this book. Don't imagine that it's a waste of money if you are eventually going to buy all of the Nikayas. It's cheap ($15), and it gives an extremely efficient way of seeing the whole structure of the teachings.

There is now a set of lectures by Bhikkhu Bodhi that work through the book (very slowly) that he gave over a period of two years or so. I've been listening to these over the last couple of months.

You can download a detailed review, and the front matter and first chapter at the Wisdom site link given in the above thread.

Best Wishes,
Mike

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Re: can someone tell me where to find some stories in the canon?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 7:52 pm

Doh! How could I forget Bodhi's anthology?! Thanks Mike great recommendation!

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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