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The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya

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This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years ago--consists of thirty-four longer-len ...more
Hardcover, 648 pages
Published June 15th 1995 by Wisdom Publications
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Jon Ciliberto
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this for a reading group, regardless it is useful to read in full some things I have previously only read referenced.

The introduction is excellent, a clear, brief overview of the times and the main ideas of Buddhism.

Now, also it is true, the full texts came to be what they are as a result of an oral (repeated and memorized) tradition, not a reading one. This is the reason for the many repetitions that occur (which are usefully elided in this text). What I am pulling from this reading
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Jeff
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Apr 14, 2012: it has been more than 2 weeks since i could stomach the idea of opening this book and reading another calcified recitation of the same stock phrases, so i decided that i officially give up.

50% seems like a safe (i.e., under-)estimate for the amount of text in this book that is repeated. The most egregious examples (in the ~25% of the pages i've read) are the entirety of Sutta 7 and the vast majority of Sutta 9. If it weren't for the translator's myriad merciful ellipses, i would've
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Craig Shoemake
Originally published as Thus Have I Heard, this careful and very readable translation of the first of the four major nikayas was a much needed replacement for the outdated, three volume, overpriced and generally inaccessible Pali Text Society version by the husband and wife team of Rhys-Davids. In its reissue, it became the first of what presumably will be retranslations of the first four nikayas coming out of Wisdom Publications in Boston. Thank the devas for Wisdom! It was about time. Now all ...more
Ben Johnson
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Pali Canon is like life itself: it is the same stuff over and over; it is mostly boring, but can be amazing if you pay attention; it goes on and on and seems like it is never going to end (until it does).

The Pali Canon and the commentaries constitute an immense work. I have been reading a few Suttas a day for years, and am only now nearing the end of my final Nikaya. Let’s be honest: the work as a whole is really long, very repetitive, and mostly boring. Having been passed down by a verbal t
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Jacques
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A reference document for the seekers.
Includes some of the main sutras like Mahâparanibbhâna Sutta and Mahâsatipatthâna Sutta
Michelle Pasanna
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are new to reading the Buddha's teachings; do NOT start here. Start with majhima nikaya. This is unless you want to understand Buddhist cosmology, time and myth. More practical teachings will be found in MN.

This said, DN does contain a few of my favourite suttas and is an essential read for anyone with some experience reading the suttas.

DN15 illustrates the causality which leads to rebirth.
DN16 the final days of the Buddha's life
DN22 the 4 foundations of mindfulness
DN31 is excellent and
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Robin Friedman
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a modern translation of the Long Length Discourses of the Buddha, a seminal collection of early Buddhist texts. The Digha is part of the scripture of the Theravada school of Buddhism. The Theravada school is is the oldest surviving form of Buddhism and is still practiced in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, and elsewhere. Together with other forms of Buddhism, Theravada has attracted a great deal of interest in the West, and this book will be invaluable in making its teachings accessible. ...more
Aaron
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
An excellent translation. This book is, to my knowledge an unabridged translation of the Digha Nikaya. There are some minor omissions in that sections that are repeated verbatim (traditionally done to help memorization when Buddhist texts passed along as an entirely verbal tradition) are indicated by an ellipsis instead of recapitulating the entire passage twice or more; but that is for most reader a blessing and a minor technical issue.

Walshe does an excellent job to give background informatio
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Sabio
Jul 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
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This is one of the many books of original Buddhist scriptures.
There is tons of it.

Fortunately, unlike Christianity, Buddhism does not depend on belief. It does not depend on knowing the story. It is a practice, not a religion. (OK, lots of Buddhist sects and popular versions are VERY religious -- OK, most)

So, no need to read the original. Or at least it helps to have guidance.
Heck, try reading the Old Testament without a little help.

Old writing styles and logic when mixed with dead cultures make
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Randal Samstag
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I have down-rated this from five to four stars only because I enjoyed the translations, notes, and (especially) the introductions by Thomas Rhys Davids so much more. This is a crucial collection of the long suttas of the Pali Canon including the Brahmajala, the Samaññaphala, the Potthapada, the Kevaddha Sutta, and the marvelous Mahaparinibbana Sutta. For reviews of several of these see my blog: http://notesfrommylibrary.wordpress.c....
Thomas
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read this cover to cover (just selections) but of all the translations from the Pali Canon that I've looked at, this one is the best. The English is very very clear, and in spots where the Pali is tricky Walshe explains his rationale, usually backed up by auxiliary sources. The introduction is straightforward and focuses on key concepts for the reader new to Buddhist thought and early Buddhist (Theravada)practice.
Brian
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good start towards hearing what the buddha was trying to say. A lot of repetition that Mr. Walsh seems either annoyed by or reservedly leaves out due to the already massive length of this volume. Not sure what to do with this, but the Buddha apparently has perfect taste...
John
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This is filled with stories designed to indoctrinate. It is good for those that are new to Buddhism but too verbose for those looking for the heart of the teachings.
Sol A.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind-blowing. Once you get past the idiom the reader uncovers an unmatched world of cosmic size and timeless wisdom. And a must read for all Buddhists.
Douglas
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential for any library.
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