mikenz66 wrote:I agree, I think it's the single most useful book that I have.
What I've noticed by doing this, and checking the links from Sutta Central, is that quite a large proportion of the suttas in the book have translations on Sutta Central, the vast majority of those by Bhikkhu Bodhi. I think it's great that we have a serious alternative to the Access to Insight and Metta Net translations (though Bhikkhu Bodhi's excellent footnotes are only available if you purchase the book, or the Nikaya volumes). Sutta Central doesn't have the thematic guides that Access to Insight has here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-subject.html and the In the Buddha's Words links are helpful in giving a thematic guide to at least some of the material.
I've fixed a few small things. All chapters now have links to Bhikkhu Bodhi's introductory material, which is well worth reading. Please let me know of any errors, or possible enhancements.
Mike, a quick question, if you don't mind. When you mention "I think it's great that we have a serious alternative to the Access to Insight" is there a suggestion that ATI translations are of any concern? I mention this not to "stir a pot" but am curious. I have Ven. Bodhi's books and value them immensely. I also utilize ATI (mainly Ven. Thanissaro) and value these translations immensely (along with the many books I've freely picked up at Wat Metta's library.) I also enjoy comparing translations and views of Ven. Bodhi vis a vis Ven. Thanissaro. Do experienced Pali students or practitioners see a qualitative difference between Ven. Bodhi's approach to the suttas vs. Ven. Thanissaro's? I spent some time on articles written by Ven. Bodhi recently on a certain subject , and compared these with the interpretations and opinions of Ajahn Geoff, and enjoyed the detailed and scholarly (albeit somewhat differing) opinions.