Sutta study: where to start

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Sutta study: where to start

Postby jungblood » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:21 am

Hello all,

I'm a Zen student, but very interested in studying the Pali canon more in-depth... I'm figuring I'll get started on Bhikku Bodhi's translations, starting with 'In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses'... Obviously the Pali canon is pretty huge, and it's unlikely I'll manage to cover it all in this lifetime(!) , but I'm wondering is there a logical/sequential approach... Any input on where to go next after 'In Buddha's Words' would be much appreciated... Many thanks my Theravadan friends! - I'm deeply grateful for your practice...

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'Trading candy for gold': http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... candy.html

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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby Kare » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:32 am

You might try Ñanamoli: "The Life of the Buddha", http://allfreebooks.weebly.com/uploads/ ... 612629.pdf

This book consists of excerpts from the Suttas and also the Commentaries, presented in the chronological frame of the life of the Buddha. And it presents central aspects of the teaching.
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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby Mkoll » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:37 am

Dear jungblood,

I'm glad to hear you're delving into the Pali Canon! I'd say you're off to a good start; Ven. Bodhi's anthology was the first serious one that I read. After that, I'd recommend for deeper reading going into the Digha Nikaya and Majjhima Nikaya which have English translations by Maurice Walshe and Ven. Bodhi, respectively. For less dense work (shorter passages), check out the Dhammapada, Sutta Nipata, Theragatha, Therigatha, Udana, and Itivuttaka from the Khuddaka Nikaya. Also, check out Access to Insight's page, Befriending the Suttas. Finally, this forum has some great lists of resources; check out the stickies in each of the forums.

Really, the whole Sutta Pitaka is a fount of wisdom and you can't really go wrong no matter what you read!

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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby fivebells » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:49 am

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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:36 am

And note that Bhikkhu Bodhi has a series of lectures on his book, In the Buddha's Words. See: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392

He also has a thematic series on the MN: http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html

And there are quite a few lectures out there on suttas, particularly the MN, e.g.:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2392

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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby jungblood » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:16 am

Thanks everyone for your input here... this is really helpful, and the materials you've highlighted are a real treasure trove... I'm glad I found this 'online sangha' - Though I'm a zen student heart, I'm learning so much by engaging more with the Theravada canon... you¡re input is much appreciated - I hope I can contribute to others' journey as much in time... :anjali:
'Renunciation' http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl036.html
'Trading candy for gold': http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... candy.html

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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby Kare » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:35 am

jungblood wrote:Thanks everyone for your input here... this is really helpful, and the materials you've highlighted are a real treasure trove... I'm glad I found this 'online sangha' - Though I'm a zen student heart, I'm learning so much by engaging more with the Theravada canon... you¡re input is much appreciated - I hope I can contribute to others' journey as much in time... :anjali:


In my view, studying theravada with a zen student's heart, is one of the best ways of approaching Buddhism. :anjali:
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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby fivebells » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:19 pm

I come from a Mahayana background, too. Studying Theravada has been very beneficial for me because it has a much stronger focus on getting the fundamentals right than any Mahayana practitioners I've ever met.
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Re: Sutta study: where to start

Postby Ananda26 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:38 pm

jungblood wrote:Hello all,

I'm a Zen student, but very interested in studying the Pali canon more in-depth... I'm figuring I'll get started on Bhikku Bodhi's translations, starting with 'In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses'... Obviously the Pali canon is pretty huge, and it's unlikely I'll manage to cover it all in this lifetime(!) , but I'm wondering is there a logical/sequential approach... Any input on where to go next after 'In Buddha's Words' would be much appreciated... Many thanks my Theravadan friends! - I'm deeply grateful for your practice...

Deep bows,
Lucas
:anjali:


Long Discourses of the Buddha, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Connected Discourses of the Buddha. These 3 have been published by Wisdom Publication.

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha published Pali Text Society and distributed in America by Pavaratti Bookstore in Washington State.

Sutta Nipata, Udana, Ittukvitaka, Theragathas, Therigathas.
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