Is Bodhi's "Buddha's Words" A Good Overview?

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Is Bodhi's "Buddha's Words" A Good Overview?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:28 am

I'm interested in opinions form people who have read both the anthology by Bhikkhu Bodhi "In The Buddha's Words and the entire Tripitaka.

If you have, would say Bodhi's anthology is a good overview of the Tripitaka. By that, I mean,

- does Bodhi give you all of the essential messages of Buddhism?
- does Bodhi give you a fair representation of what you will find in the full body of work; the good, the bad and the ugly?
- do you think there are pivotal suttas Bodhi left out, the messages of which are not covered in the suttas he included?

Thanks in advance.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Is Bodhi's "Buddha's Words" A Good Overview?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:38 am

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Re: Is Bodhi's "Buddha's Words" A Good Overview?

Postby santa100 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:30 am

Totally agree. I'd definitely recommend it too..

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Re: Is Bodhi's "Buddha's Words" A Good Overview?

Postby Nyana » Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:23 pm

I agree with Mike and Santa. It's a good, well translated anthology.

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