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The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha

Bodhi, Bhikkhu [Übers.]:
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha : a Translation of the Aṅguttara Nikāya / translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. - Boston : Wisdom Publications, 2012. - ca. 1936 S. - (Teachings of the Buddha)
Einheitssachtitel: Aṅguttaranikāya <engl.>
ISBN 978-1-61429-040-7
US$ 75,00
DDC: 294.3823

Like the River Ganges flowing down from the Himalayas, the entire Buddhist tradition flows down to us from the teachings and deeds of the historical Buddha, who lived and taught in India during the fifth century B.C. To ensure that his legacy would survive the ravages of time, his direct disciples compiled records of the Buddha’s teachings soon after his passing. In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, which prevails in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, these records are regarded as the definitive “word of the Buddha.” Preserved in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to the language that the Buddha spoke, this full compilation of texts is known as the Pali Canon.
   At the heart of the Buddha’s teaching were the suttas (Sanskrit sutras), his discourses and dialogues. If we want to find out what the Buddha himself actually said, these are the most ancient sources available to us. The suttas were compiled into collections called “Nikayas,” of which there are four, each organized according to a different principle. The Digha Nikaya consists of longer discourses; the Majjhima Nikaya of middle-length discourses; the Samyutta Nikaya of thematically connected discourses; and the Anguttara Nikaya of numerically patterned discourses.
   The present volume, which continues Wisdom’s famous “Teachings of the Buddha” series, contains a full translation of the Anguttara Nikaya. The Anguttara arranges the Buddha’s discourses in accordance with a numerical scheme intended to promote retention and easy comprehension. In an age when writing was still in its infancy, this proved to be the most effective way to ensure that the disciples could grasp and replicate the structure of a teaching. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. 7
Key to the Pronunciation of Pāli. 11
Abbreviations. 13
Introduction. 17
A Thematic Guide To The Aṅguttara Nikāya
1. The Book of the Ones. 85
2. The Book of the Twos. 135
3. The Book of the Threes. 195
4. The Book of the Fours. 379
5. The Book of the Fives. 621
6. The Book of the Sixes. 851
7. The Book of the Sevens. 993
8. The Book of the Eights. 1107
9. The Book of the Nines. 1241
10. The Book of the Tens. 1333
11. The Book of the Elevens. 1549
Notes. 1589
   1. Expanded Parallels in the Aṅguttara Nikāya. 1861
   2. Composite Numerical Suttas in the Aṅguttara Nikāya. 1863
Pāli-English Glossary. 1865
Bibliography. 1867
Indexes. 1871


Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received ordination in 1973. He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, New York, and is in demand worldwide as a speaker and Buddhist teacher. Renowned for his systematic and elegant translations of Buddhist scriptures, Venerable Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, including A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, and In the Buddha’s Words. Wikipedia [en].

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