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The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya

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This volume offers a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, the third of the four great collections in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. The Samyutta Nikaya consists of fifty-six chapters, each governed by a unifying theme that binds together the Buddha's suttas or discourses. The chapters are organized into five major parts.
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Hardcover, 2080 pages
Published June 15th 2003 by Wisdom Publications (first published June 2000)
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Craig Shoemake
I think Bhikkhu Bodhi read and considered every criticism levelled at his previous offering, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and determined to make darn sure he didn't have to hear those criticisms again. The result of his enterprise is an extremely detailed and careful treatment of the second largest collection in the Sutta Pitaka, the Samyutta Nikaya. For this review I'll first discuss briefly the place of the SN in Pali literature, and then give an overview of how BB has treated i ...more
Robin Friedman
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The Samyutta Nikaya

The Samyutta Nikaya -- Connected Discourses of the Buddha -- is an integral work of the Pali Canon of Buddhism, the Scripture of Theravada Buddhism. This work is also considered canonical by later schools of Buddhism. The Connected Discourses is a lengthy, difficult work which focuses on philosophical teachings and on meditation practice. It was probably written for advanced students unlike its companion volumes, the Mid-Length Discourses, (Majhima Nikaya) and the
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Jayarava
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Extremely well translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi this collection of texts is a gold mine for any Buddhist. As usual Bodhi footnotes everything so that one can be very clear on what technical terms are being used, get insights into the commetarial tradition regarding most texts, and be aware of difficult and alternate readings of passages.

For a taste of some of the wonderfully varied material in the Saṃyutta you could read my write up of the "Extremely well translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi this collection of texts is a gold mine for any Buddhist. As usual Bodhi footnotes everything so that one can be very clear on what technical terms are being used, get insights into the commetarial tradition regarding most texts, and be aware of difficult and alternate readings of passages.

For a taste of some of the wonderfully varied material in the Saṃyutta you could read my write up of the "
Anger Eating Yakkha".

This is not a collection to read cover to cover, it is far to repetitious for that, but if you are interested in a particular subject then is can be very useful. A few key dialogues are in here: for instance the Upanisa Sutta which is the locus classicus for Transcendental Dependent Arising (see also Bikkhu Bodhi's essay on this sutta.)
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Michael
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the four best books ever.
The other three books are: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, and the Long Discourses of the Buddha. The Connected Discourses, Middle Length, and Numerical were all translated by Bhante Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Long Discourses was translated by Maurice Walshe. There are other translations of some or all of the contents of these books. Notable are the translations of Bhante Thanissaro Bhikkhu which are availa
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Steve Kemp
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding , Bhikkhu Bodhi does a superb job at translating these Discourses .
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Basic reference, refer to it on a regular basis.
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Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination
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