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Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Some of the SN14.X Suttas are in Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddhas Words" in Chapter IX, "Shining the light of wisdom". He also has MN140 there. Strange that there are none listed in the SN section of Access to Insight and none in either Ven Nanananda's http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el183.html or Maurice Walshes's http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el318.html collections of Suttas from the SN.

You can read them on-line here: http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/tipitaka/2S ... index.html
13. Dhātu Saṃyutta
However, translations on that sites are sometimes a little hard to follow...

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby BlackBird » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:34 pm

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby alan » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:07 am

Didn't mean to give the impression that I don't dig BB--his footnotes are valuable. If money is no object, go ahead and get it.

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:27 pm

Greetings Mettafuture,

Ah, but if A2I rely on donations (either from users, or self-supported by the owner), it's really not much different to other mechanisms for distributing the Dhamma, is it?

In other words, there is always a cost involved... whether it be borne by the recipient or the giver.

Wisdom Publications, who print Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations are a not for profit entity... what you are paying for when you buy the book, is the cost of printing, research, typesetting, editing, distribution etc. and providing a humble income to those involved in the production of the book so they can put food on the table and pay their bills.

In this instance, no one is skimming profit out of the Dhamma, so what is there to complain about?

By all means, donate to Access To Insight, it would certainly be a meritorious deed, but do not over-simplify the economics involved to the point where you're dismissing those who are doing good service to the Dhamma via other media.

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby bodom » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:06 pm

I would rather Wisdoms Teachings of the Buddha series as I prefer Bodhi's translations over Thanissaro's. Also not every sutta is available on A2i and if im ever cross referencing it is real convenient to pick up one the Nikayas and find what I need. Plus having the complete Nikayas just looks oh so sweet sitting on my bookshelf! Cant wait for the Anguttara to complete the set!

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:32 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby mettafuture » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:49 pm

UPDATE: I noticed that all of these suttas are missing from Access To Insight's Majjhima Nikaya. That's a LOT more than I thought.

I also came to the realization that having an electronic version of a book as big as the Majjhima Nikaya might not be very practical because of the long time it takes to do an index search on most ereaders. When it comes to dhamma books, I usually refer to the index regularly.

So right now I'm trying to decide on 2 things: Is there anything in these 71 suttas that I could use to improve my understanding of the dhamma, and to enhance the quality of my meditation? Or do these suttas just go over familiar topics in ways I've likely read before?

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

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The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

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Re: Should I buy a copy of the Majjhima Nikaya?

Postby BlackBird » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:06 pm

Not all the suttas in KN are later additions Individual.

You've got the:
- Dhammapada
- Udana
- Itivuttaka
- Suttanipata
- Theragatha
- Therigatha

All of which show all the hallmarks of being contemporaneous with the first four Nikayas.
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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