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Two new books

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:26 pm

From: Steven Collins
Date: April 1, 2010 3:20:59 AM CDT



Dear Colleagues,


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:


Introduction
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
Conclusion



Steven Collins
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SN I, 38.

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People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Two new books

Postby BlackBird » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:16 pm

I know this is going to be partially off topic, so please feel free to move/delete this.

I've just ordered a copy of Collins' "Selfless Persons: Imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism" and I was wondering what the consensus is on this book.

metta
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Re: Two new books

Postby bodom » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:21 pm

BlackBird wrote:I know this is going to be partially off topic, so please feel free to move/delete this.

I've just ordered a copy of Collins' "Selfless Persons: Imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism" and I was wondering what the consensus is on this book.

metta
Jack


Haven't read it but highly recommend his work in general. :thumbsup:

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Two new books

Postby Kare » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:48 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
From: Steven Collins
Date: April 1, 2010 3:20:59 AM CDT



Dear Colleagues,


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.

Steven Collins
University of Chicago


This Pali Grammar is "a work of reference rather than a 'teach yourself' textbook", as it is said on the cover. I have the first printing, but with an inserted errata sheet. As a reference book it is excellent, very clear and systematic, and I can recommend it highly.
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Re: Two new books

Postby Paññāsikhara » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:13 am

BlackBird wrote:I know this is going to be partially off topic, so please feel free to move/delete this.

I've just ordered a copy of Collins' "Selfless Persons: Imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism" and I was wondering what the consensus is on this book.

metta
Jack


Very good book.
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Re: Two new books

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:59 am

Thanks Tilt!
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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