Dialogues of the Buddha – E.W.Rhys Davids

Dialogues of the Buddha
by E.W.Rhys Davids

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The Dialogues of the Buddha is a three volume collection of the Digha Nikaya (the long dialogues of the Buddha), which belongs to the Suttapitaka (basket of teachings of the Buddha). Consisting of thirty four sutras (or suttas), the Suttapitaka, along with the Vinayapitaka and Abhidhammapitaka is one of the most important collections of the Pali Buddhist texts.

This set consists of texts that were translated over a period of years (from 1899 through 1921) by T.W.Rhys Davids, Professor of Pali at the University College of London. He was the founder of the Pali Text Society which has published nearly all of the basic texts and commentaries in the Pali canon.

Each of the thirty four suttas in The Dialogues of the Buddha presents an in-depth examination of a specific topic or subject of Buddhist doctrine. The Buddha of the Pali texts, like Plato, offers profoundly subtle teachings through the medium of dialogue.

The Dialogues of the Buddha present an extensive overview the earliest teachings of the Buddha providing the fundamental foundation of Buddhism that is essential to all serious students, practitioners, and followers of all the Buddhist schools–including the Zen and Pure Land schools of the Mahayana.

Contents

First Volume
PREFACE vii
Note on the probable age of the Dialogues vii
Note on this Version xviii
Abbreviations xxii
1 BRAHMA-GALA SUTTANTA.
Introduction xxiii
Text 1
(The Silas, 3-26)
2 SAMANNA-PHALA SUTTANTA.
Introduction 56
(Index to the paragraphs repeated in the other Suttantas, 57-59.)
Text 65
3 AMBATTHA SUTTANTA.
Introduction (Caste) 96
Text 108
4 SONADANDA SUTTANTA.
Introduction 137
(The Arahat the true Brahman.)
Text 144
5 KUTADANTA SUTTANTA.
Introduction 160
(The irony in this text, 160; Doctrine of sacrifice, 164; Lokayata, 166.)
Text 173
6 MAHALI SUTTANTA.
Introduction 186
(The Indeterminates; Buddhist Agnosticism, 186; The Sambodhi, 190; Names in the texts, 193.)
Text 197
7 GALIYA SUTTANTA
8 KASSAPA-SIHANDA SUTTANTA.
Introduction 206
(Method of the Dialogues, 206; Tapasa and Bhikshu, ascetic and wandering mendicant, 208; Indian religieux in the Buddha’s time, 220)
Text 223
9 POTTHAPADA SUTTANTA
Introduction (The Soul) 241
Text 244
10 SUBHA SUTTANTA
Introduction 265
Text 267
11 KEVADDHA SUTTANTA.
Introduction 272
(Iddhi, 272; Buddhist Idealism, 274.)
Text 276
12 LOHIKKA SUTTANTA.
Introduction. (Ethics of Teaching) 285
Text 288
13 TEVIGGA SUTTANTA.
Introduction (Union with God) 298
Text 300
Index of Subjects and Proper Names 321
Index of Pali Words 328
Transliteration of Oriental Alphabets adopted for the Translation of the Sacred Books of the Buddhists. 331
Second Volume

14 MAHAPADANA SUTTANTA
Introduction (Buddhas, Bodhisats, and Arahants) 1
Text 4
15 MAHA NIDANA SUTTANTA
Introduction (The doctrine of natural causation) 42
Text 50
16 MAHA PARINIBBANA SUTTANTA
Introduction (Passages in this Suttanta compared with others) 71
Text 78
17 MAHA SUDASSANA SUTTANTA
Introduction (Comparison with other versions) 192
Text 199
18 JANA-VASABHA SUTTANTA
Introduction (Buddhist irony. Two expressions discussed) 233
Text 237
19 MAHA-GOVINDA SUTTANTA
Introduction (More irony. Other versions compared) 253
Text 259
20 MAHA-SAMAYA SUTTANTA
Introduction (A glimpse of the evolution of gods) 282
Text 284
21 SAKKA-PANHA SUTTANTA
Introduction (The conversion of a god. The Sakka myth) 294
Text 299
22 MAHA SATIPATTHANA SUTTANTA
Introduction (Discussion of the title) 322
Text 327
23 PAYASI SUTTANTA
Introduction (Teaching of the Community after the Buddha’s death. Doctrine of Dana) 347
Text 349
Index of Principal Subjects and Proper Names 375
Index of Pali Words 381

Volume Third
24 PATIKA SUTTANTA
Introduction: Iddhi, Arahants 1
Suttanta (Mystic Wonders and the Origin of Things) 7
25 UDUMBARIKA-SIHANADA SUTTANTA
(On Asceticism) 33
26 CAKKAVATTI-SIHANADA SUTTANTA
Introduction: Normalism 53
Suttanta (war, Wickedness, and Wealth) 59
27 AGGANNA SUTTANTA
(A Book of Genesis) 77
28 SAMPASADANIYA SUTTANTA
(The Faith that Satisfied) 95
29 PASADIKA SUTTANTA
(The Delectable Discourse) 111
30 LAKKHANA SUTTANTA
Introduction: Myths of the World-Man 132
Suttanta (The Marks of the Superman) 137
31 SIGALOVADA SUTTANTA
Introduction: Quarter-worship; The Layman’s Social Ethics 168
Suttanta (The Sigala Homily) 173
32 ATANATIYA SUTTANTA
Introduction: Adjuration and Prayer 185
Suttanta (The Ward Rune of Atanata) 188
33 SANGITI SUTTANTA
Introduction: Sariputta; Sutta and Abhidhamma 198
34 DASUTTARA SUTTANTA
(The Tenfold Series) 250
APPENDIX
Name in Atanatiya Suttanta 266
INDEXES
I. Names and Subjects 268
II. Pali Words Discuss 273

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