The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:09 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
bodom wrote:
Well my copy of Foundations of Buddhism arrived today containing the pen and highlighting I knew it would. The ad said it was in "great shape!" with no mention of markings. No more used books for me!

:anjali:
If you ordered via ABE can complain, but do make sure you give the bookseller a very poor rating, but at least you did not pay $50.00 for it..


I sent the seller an email but haven't heard anything back yet. Doubt I will. You are right though, I got an excellent book for ten bucks so im grateful.

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:16 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Cheer up Bodom,

On a radio programme I was listening to yesterday, it was pointed out that marginal notes, etc, used to raise the value of books. Especially marginal translations of Greek and Latin passages... :tongue:


Haha thanks for the laugh Mike! Too bad my copies in english because with the amount of notes my copy contains it would be worth a fortune!

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby ancientbuddhism » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:58 am

“…we hope precisely because we do not know something. This is a doctrine that elevates permanent ignorance to a virtue.” From Sujato’s rant (blog) about Paul Williams

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby cooran » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:31 am

Many thanks ancientbuddhism ! :group:

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby Nicolas » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:33 am

I'm thinking of getting a book of Gethin's -- either Foundations of Buddhism, or The Buddhist Path to Awakening. Can someone describe the differences between the two? Thanks!

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby Dhammanando » Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:38 am

Nicolas wrote:I'm thinking of getting a book of Gethin's -- either Foundations of Buddhism, or The Buddhist Path to Awakening. Can someone describe the differences between the two? Thanks!


The first is a general introduction to Buddhism, thoughtful, well-written, and pitched at about the level of university undergrads in comparative religious studies.

The second is a much more specialised and technical work: a scholarly study of the thirty-seven bodhipakkhiya-dhammas as they are expounded in Pali sources, canonical and commentarial. Of the three principal English-language works on this topic (i.e. those of Gethin, Ajahn Thanissaro, and Ledi Sayadaw), I would rate Gethin's as the most demanding, but also the most rewarding.
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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby Nicolas » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:44 pm

Thank you, Bhante. The second it is!

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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:17 pm

Nicolas wrote:Thank you, Bhante. The second it is!
Do get the first, as well. It does not hurt to get a well done overview of the history of Buddhist thought in India.
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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:18 am

The Foundations of Buddhism is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. Great overview.

He also has another book: an anthology of translations of important suttas called Sayings of the Buddha. I haven't read it yet but I think it's always good to read different translations, especially from someone as exceedingly competent as Gethin.
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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:11 am

Mkoll wrote:The Foundations of Buddhism is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. Great overview.

He also has another book: an anthology of translations of important suttas called Sayings of the Buddha. I haven't read it yet but I think it's always good to read different translations, especially from someone as exceedingly competent as Gethin.
The anthology is very good.
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Re: The Buddhist Path to Awakening by Rupert Gethin

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:33 am

Mkoll wrote:He also has another book: an anthology of translations of important suttas called Sayings of the Buddha. I haven't read it yet but I think it's always good to read different translations, especially from someone as exceedingly competent as Gethin.


An interesting anthology and well-translated. And with Gethin's inclusion of the Dīgha's Aggañña and Mahāsudassana Suttas in the very opening section, it's an anthology that certainly cocks a snook at western protestant Buddhism.
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