From: Steven Collins
Date: April 1, 2010 3:20:59 AM CDT
I write to announce the recent publication (or re-publication) of two
books by myself which might be of interest to students. They are:
(i) A Pali Grammar for Students (Silkworm Books; distributed in the
US by U. Washington Press), 2nd printing. The ISBN number is the
same: 978-974-9511-13-8. There are a few minor changes to the text -
but importantly this 2nd printing corrects the unfortunately many
typos and other type-setting errors in the 1st printing. Anyone
buying or using the book should make sure it is the 2nd printing.
(ii) Nirvana: concept, imagery, narrative (Cambridge University
Press). ISBN hardback: 13-978-052-1881-19-82; paperback:
13-978-052-1708-34-0. This is a rewritten version of Part One of my
Nirvana and other Buddhist Felicities, there called ‘Nirvana in and
out of time’. This is a shortened and, I hope, clarified version of
the argument, with minimal textual references and footnotes, intended
for student (and general reader) use. The chapter headings of the
new version are:
Chapter One: systematic and narrative thought: eternity and closure
in structure and story
Chapter Two: Nirvana as a Concept
Chapter Three: Nirvana as an Image
Chapter Four: Nirvana, Time and Narrative
Chapter Five: Past and Future Buddhas
University of Chicago
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.