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Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

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Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby BlueLotus » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:32 am

I thought of buying Majjhima Nikaya hard copy book. But I don't know whose translation is best and most accurate. What do you recommend?

I am quite an old man who is adicted to hard copy books like in the good old day. It is hard for me to read internet long paragraphs. I also use a borrowed machine from a friend. So hard copy book is best for me.

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby daverupa » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:35 am

http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Length-Dis ... 086171072X

There are a few different editions, which differ in the translations chosen for a few terms, but any of them will probably be quite suitable.

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby BlueLotus » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:39 am

thank you.

My question is the translator. Who is the best according to you please? There is bhikku bodi, another guy called horner, Buddha Gotama etc.

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby daverupa » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:46 am

The translations from Bhikkhu Bodhi are quite serviceable in my opinion, but I don't think that literalism is very important in understanding the Dhamma - I tend to re-read phrases with Pali terms put in places where English translations vary widely, as a precaution.

So, for specific phrases and whatnot, a personal understanding of Pali becomes important, but as a preliminary caution with respect to Bhikkhu Bodhi's efforts you might enjoy reading .

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:56 am

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:22 am

Dear BlueLotus,

Here are also a lot of translations even from different Translator:
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:19 am

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby DAWN » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:10 am

Hard Copy Book is the best.
I'am young but reading on internet is not the same, so i bought DN MN an SN in hard copy :reading:

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi seems to me the best translator. But is an subjective opinion, so i cant give advice.

With Regards :namaste:
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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby Mal » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:26 am

When starting to read the Pali suttas translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi is it best to start with "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" or to plunge straight into the Majjhima Nikaya?

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:24 pm

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby piotr » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:34 pm

Bhagavaṃmūlakā no, bhante, dhammā...

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:24 am

I agree with Dave. The MN has all the key points of doctrine, in nice sized chunks suitable for discussion, which is why you'll find lots of on-line talks about them.
http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html
http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/component/ ... study.html
http://www.dhammasukha.org/Study/recent.htm
and many others....

In the Buddha's Words has a nice set of talks too. See: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392
It's worth listening to Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks, since (like most people) he is a little freer with his opinions than he probably wants to be in books.

:anjali:
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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby BlueLotus » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:10 pm

Thank you friends.

I don't think i can read a lot of things. I just need basic guide like MN to get to know a bit more. Then I will practice and understand the rest. Reading the whole 3 pitaka is not my intentions. I feel it is too much.
Maybe I am mistaken.
:anjali:

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya Guide for an Old Man

Postby BlueLotus » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:18 pm

Thank you. I have a very basic understanding I think. 4 noble truths etc.


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