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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?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:53 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)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:24 pm

That's interesting Retro,

I handn't paid too much attention to that collection, since the bits I did know about, such Angulimala's verses http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html are mostly in other Nikayas.

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

Postby BlackBird » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:16 am

"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 retrofuturist » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:50 am

"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)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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

Postby texastheravadin » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:11 pm

Dharma Punx Houston is having a one-day Soto Zen-style sesshin in November, so I'm going to check the Zen Center's library while I'm there to see if there's a copy of the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha at their library...I'm pretty sure I saw one of Ven. Bodhi's Nikaya translations there.

I'd suggest seeing if you can't check out a copy from a library or Buddhist temple/center in your area first before you buy, to make sure it's what you're looking for. Not that you wouldn't want to eventually own a copy, but who knows, maybe the money could be better spent on a different book that may resonate with you more. Personally, as a layman, I have found the AN much more interesting to study daily and reflect on. That's not to say you shouldn't check out all the other Nikayas...I fully intend on buying all of them as a set as soon as I can scrounge up the money. I have to really remember the Buddha's advice on "balanced living" and what not :tongue:

On an unrelated note, I was almost beside myself with joy to find out that the local Thai wat has a large collection of old BPS translations of the Suttas in their Tipitaka case. Is it just me, or does anyone else find some of these old-school translations to be endearing? I don't know...I'm really enjoying Bodhi's work, but there's just something about the old-timey language in the BPS volumes that makes me wish I had thousands of dollars to buy a set.

:anjali:

Josh
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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 Orlando » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:42 pm

I just noticed that MN 129 and 130 are among those left out on Access to Insight, and, as I saw when I found them on another site eventually, they contain extremely gruesome descriptions of hell and rather voluptuous ones of heaven. I wondered if Thanissaro Bhikku found them a bit embarrassing?... or maybe it's just a coincidence, as so many others are apparently missed out as well.

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

Postby icyteru » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:37 pm

The most complete english tipitaka on the internet world.

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

Postby mettafuture » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:59 am

Update: First, I want to apologize to everyone for being so rude and weird. Looking back on the posts I made 2 years ago, I can't help but cringe at my tone. I'm much calmer and more mature today. And second, I finally bought a copy of The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and I couldn't be happier about my purchase. Reading the Majjhima Nikaya in its entirety has been a very sublime, almost meditative experience.

Thank you all again for inspiring this decision


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