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<p>"This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings in his own words. The American scholar monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow." "In the Buddha's Words allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable."--BOOK JACKET.</p>

<p>About this book: The Sutta-Nipata is one of the oldest collections of Buddhist discourses in the Pali Canon, and by far one of the msot popular as well as being the most important. Written in a mixture of prose and verse, it presents a code of conduct and provides the basis for a system of moral philosophy. A prime source work, it constitutes a rational, straghtforward understanding of the ethics and psychology of Buddhism. The translator has here produced a prose version of the Sutta-Nipata which conveys the spirit of this imporant text in contemporary language, and it is therefore presented for the consideration of imaginative readers not inhibited by traditional interpretations. Thus it is hoped to stand the test of time more effectively than its predecessors.</p>
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