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Publisher's Summary

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 10 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 listener toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.
In the Buddha's Words allows even listeners 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.
©2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonny on 08-18-17

Engaging,thought provoking,great guide book.

I found this very easy to digest and put into my mind for contemplating the discourses.
It is an invaluable book which for myself I feel I have to listen too again and possibly again to keep digesting as my knowledge and practice grows.
Fantastic work by Bikkhu Bodhi.

I listened to this book after the 3 Joseph Goldstein Mindfulness volumes. Now I am leaning back towards purchasing a Stephen Batchelor book to further my studies. Or re listening too Rethinking the Dharma for a secular age. Complimented by a Bodhi college
4 noble truths course.



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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-27-17

Poor pronunciation

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The mispronunciation of common Pali words was very distracting. It sounded like the actor was reading some of the words for the first time. Often he sounded as if he was sounding out the word. Words such as Tathagata is barely recognizable. The same can be said of some of the names of Nikayas, especially Majjhima and Aṅguttara. I would expect a professionally narrated book to be ... professionally narrated.

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By Devin Ashwood on 03-05-17

Great!

A good selection of early buddhist texts beautifully read. Abridgements were also useful in keeping it brief.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By SJRod on 07-03-17

Excellent

Excellent rendition. I really enjoyed and followed along in the book on my Kindle. I hope you do the whole series.

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By Anonymous User on 07-30-18

amazing! for fans of the pali canon!

Amazing selection of suttas from the pali canon, phenomenal translations that bring the historical Buddha’s words to light in ways i’ve never experienced, Bikkhu Bodhi is the greatest living translator of the buddhist pali canon, being able to hear his work is a profound blessing to all of us on the path. Bikkhu Bodhi’s commentary on the suttas is profound and illuminating. Also amazing narration, paced well so one can truly take these profound words deep into their heart-mind. This is a relatively hardcore dhamma book so it’s understandable that others have found it difficult to understand but if you are already on the path and wish to deepen your knowledge and practice then this book will undoubtedly helps you tremendously as it has helped me. It is primarily translations of Suttas, so if you’re ready to approach Theravadan Buddhism from its earliest inceptions you are going to love this. Bikkhu Bodhi creates a structure for the dhamma that is novel and incredibly useful in seeing the entire dhamma.
I am just about to go on a month long silent meditation retreat and listening to this amazing selection of suttas will be an invaluable resource for me to draw upon as i deepen my practice.
Thankyou Bikkhu Bodhi, thankyou wisdom publications.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-18

Complete gobbledegook

Repetitive incoherent nonsense. Maybe it’s the translation but this book makes no sense at all. Maybe that’s Buddhism or maybe just this book.

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