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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.

The first, The Book with Verses, is a compilation of suttas composed largely in verse. This book ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon, showing the Buddha in his full grandeur as the peerless "teacher of gods and humans." The other four books deal in depth with the philosophical principles and meditative structures of early Buddhism. They combine into orderly chapters all the important short discourses of the Buddha on such major topics as dependent origination, the five aggregates, the six sense bases, the seven factors of enlightenment, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Four Noble Truths.

Among the four large Nikayas belonging to the Pali Canon, the Samyutta Nikaya serves as the repository for the many shorter suttas of the Buddha where he discloses his radical insights into the nature of reality and his unique path to spiritual emancipation. This collection, it seems, was directed mainly at those disciples who were capable of grasping the deepest dimensions of wisdom and of clarifying them for others, and also provided guidance to meditators intent on consummating their efforts with the direct realization of the ultimate truth.

The present work begins with an insightful general introduction to the Samyutta Nikaya as a whole. Each of the five parts is also provided with its own introduction, intended to guide the reader through this vast, ocean-like collection of suttas.

To further assist the reader, the translator has provided an extensive body of notes clarifying various problems concerning both the language and the meaning of the texts.

Distinguished by its lucidity and technical precision, this new translation makes this ancient collection of the Buddha''s discourses accessible and comprehensible to the thoughtful reader of today. Like its two predecessors in this series,

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha is sure to merit a place of honour in the library of every serious student of Buddhism.

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"To hold a copy of The Connected Discourses of the Buddha is like holding treasure in your hands. Bhikkhu Bodhi has, once again, given English readers all over the world another reason to rejoice by making the ancient words of the Buddha come alive in our contemporary lives. Timely and significant, highly readable, and invaluable." ― Eastern Horizon

"This new translation of The Connected Discourses of the Buddha has been well worth the wait. With painstaking care, the eminent Buddhist scholar monk, Bhikkhu Bodhi, has translated the 2889 discourses of the Buddha. No one is better qualified. Collected into their different themes, The Connected Discourses point the way to enlightenment. This book serves as one of the finest resources available for insight into the human condition. The Buddha addresses issues such as body/mind, daily life realities, suffering and joy, awareness and meditation. This book is rich in spiritual teachings, suitable for daily reflection, study, a manual for psychologists, a teaching guide at universities, and offering a wealth of benefits to anyone interested in the true heart of the Buddha''s teachings. I regard it as an indispensable guide to an awakened life. With 2080 pages, it is an extraordinary publishing initiative. This book is worth every penny. Buy it. It is money well spent." -- Christopher Titmuss, author of Light on Enlightenment and An Awakened Life

"I am eagerly awaiting Bhikkhu Bodhi''s new translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha. His brilliant, scholarly, and eminently readable version of The Middle Length Discourses set a benchmark for translations of the Buddha''s words into English. This new work will make accessible even more of the original teachings, offering guidance, instruction and inspiration on the path of awakening. It is a priceless gift." -- Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom

"It is extremely good news to have Bhikkhu Bodhi--a brilliant translator--bring out a new edition of the Sayutta Nikya, one of the richest and most important of all Buddhist texts." -- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

About the Author

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City, born in 1944. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (1896-1998). From 1984 to 2002 he was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, where he lived for ten years with the senior German monk, Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (1901-1994), at the Forest Hermitage. He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor. These include The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha ( Majjhima Nikaya, 1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha ( Samyutta Nikaya, 2000), and The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha ( Anguttara Nikaya, 2012). In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition.

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For the serious student
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
If you want to dive deep into studying ancient buddhist scripture, this and the other collections of Nikaya''s in this series are what you are looking for. They are big books, full of commentary, indexes and other useful tools. If you are looking for a more general... See more
If you want to dive deep into studying ancient buddhist scripture, this and the other collections of Nikaya''s in this series are what you are looking for. They are big books, full of commentary, indexes and other useful tools. If you are looking for a more general overview or a more explanatory overview, then go for the Anthology of Discourses (I loved it). The Nikaya''s are definitely for the serious student. The quality of the book is top knotch, pages are thin like a bible but are high quality. You can write notes on the pages in pen but you''ll see the writing through from the other side (just like a regular bible page).
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The Pre-Calculus of Buddhism
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2014
The Tipitaka, known as the Buddhist "bible", is a massive collection of texts that were first compiled by the Fourth Buddhist Council in 29 BCE. It was divided into 5 volumes (nikayas). At over 2,000 pages for just the Samyutta Nikaya alone, the Buddha clearly had a lot... See more
The Tipitaka, known as the Buddhist "bible", is a massive collection of texts that were first compiled by the Fourth Buddhist Council in 29 BCE. It was divided into 5 volumes (nikayas). At over 2,000 pages for just the Samyutta Nikaya alone, the Buddha clearly had a lot more to say than the handful of inspirational quotes floating around on social media sites.

If you''re new to Buddhism, and don''t know which nikaya to start with, I''d recommend starting with The Dhammapada—of which there are many options. Gil Fronsdal rendered a modern translation of this text. It can also be read freely online at sites like dhammatalks or SuttaCentral. I''d also recommend purchasing the Majjhima Nikaya before the Samutta Nikaya. If the Majjhima Nikaya is the algebra of Buddhism, the Samutta Nikaya is the pre-calculus, and is arguably more challenging to parse.

Regarding book quality—yes, the pages are thin, but they don''t feel fragile or cheap, and they''re glued firmly to the hard back cover. I can''t imagine this book showing much wear anytime soon. I''ve had mine for 5 years now, and it still looks new. Admittedly, I''m pretty light handed with my books. If I had one complaint is that ellipses are used perhaps a little too heavily to minimize repetition, sometimes at the expense of the text flow. Regardless, the teachings themselves are still solidly preserved.
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Highest Quality
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
I purchased the entire English and Pali NIkayas. I could not have been more pleased with these purchases. The print and binding quality are excellent. The teachings are wonderful. The annotations, which are plentiful, are beyond helpful. I recommend the Nikayas to anyone... See more
I purchased the entire English and Pali NIkayas. I could not have been more pleased with these purchases. The print and binding quality are excellent. The teachings are wonderful. The annotations, which are plentiful, are beyond helpful. I recommend the Nikayas to anyone who is interested in the Dhamma.
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A gift to the west
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Amazing to read the discourse that sets turning the wheel of truth, aka 4 noble truths in their home in ypthe scripture. The problem with learning about Buddhism in the west is that there are 1 million books written by Westerners about what Buddhism is about. It''s very... See more
Amazing to read the discourse that sets turning the wheel of truth, aka 4 noble truths in their home in ypthe scripture. The problem with learning about Buddhism in the west is that there are 1 million books written by Westerners about what Buddhism is about. It''s very hard to access the original Scriptures. This book remedies this by making the Scriptures accessible, beautiful, a true gift to read.
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highly recommended, full of startling insights
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2016
This large chunk of the Pali canon, in its recent translation, is full of startling revelations and details and wisdom. Right up there with the Christian Bible for must-reads in a modern world. Better IMO to read this near-to-the-source translation than a lot of the stuff... See more
This large chunk of the Pali canon, in its recent translation, is full of startling revelations and details and wisdom. Right up there with the Christian Bible for must-reads in a modern world. Better IMO to read this near-to-the-source translation than a lot of the stuff online about Buddhism, which has morphed itself in strange ways from this original material. The Buddha was an awesome being with superior insights, compassion, and clarity of thought, and it all still rings through in these discourses. Highly recommended.
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Great contents but the actual hardcover book is a disappointment
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
The contents of the book are 5/5 stars but the actual hardcover book it is printed on, at least the one I got, is a disappointment. The paper is too thin, it clings too much to other pages when turning, and it wrinkles too easily. For such an important Buddhist book, it... See more
The contents of the book are 5/5 stars but the actual hardcover book it is printed on, at least the one I got, is a disappointment. The paper is too thin, it clings too much to other pages when turning, and it wrinkles too easily. For such an important Buddhist book, it gets printed on cheap, low-quality paper.
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This is the first time I read discourses of the Buddha
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2015
This is the first collection of the Buddha''s discourse I have read, and I enjoyed reaching the primary source of my favorite books about mindfulness and being at ease. Some parts are crystal clear and fascinating, and helped me to I see things as they really are.... See more
This is the first collection of the Buddha''s discourse I have read, and I enjoyed reaching the primary source of my favorite books about mindfulness and being at ease.
Some parts are crystal clear and fascinating, and helped me to I see things as they really are.
Some parts are hard to read because of the many repetitions, even repetition series. But I imagined how they were delivered verbally, and the repetitions helped the audience understand and memorize the contents - they were surely beneficial for me too.
I loved Bhikkhu Bodhi''s translation. Of course I have no idea about the original Pali text, but the translation is logical, clear, easy to understand and enjoyable. The introduction and footnotes were helpful too.
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One of the most profound Books ever!
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
The pages are made of super thin paper and that''s how the printers brought the price down on this edition. But now that I know how fabulous this book is I would have paid more for the better quality pages. Spiritually this book is way above the top shelf.
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A reference for dense, focused dabs of insight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2018
My advice is to use this nikaya when you understand concepts of Theravada, then you can pick this up and say, "I want to get a deeper understanding of X" and then find the chapter concerning X and read a boatload of suttas on that subject, some of which will be more useful...See more
My advice is to use this nikaya when you understand concepts of Theravada, then you can pick this up and say, "I want to get a deeper understanding of X" and then find the chapter concerning X and read a boatload of suttas on that subject, some of which will be more useful than others. The main thing to take away from this review is that the samyutta nikaya is like a reference book for people who are already learned in Theravada: the format is quick and dense, dropping many loaded words which will seem either aimless or towering unless you understand the concepts and contexts occuring. Don''t expect many verses, those only make up about 30% of this book, be prepared for mostly "Thus I heard: the blessed one was dwelling" discourses. If verses are your thing the Suttanipata in this series is for you.
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One more gift from a generous heart and mind, Bikkhu Bodhi
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2016
Must to have for serious Buddhist scholars and practioners! Good introductions and if you are ready to use some time and effort with the extensive notes section you will find it very useful. Not easy reading though, but this is not meant for quick-fix of things but slow and...See more
Must to have for serious Buddhist scholars and practioners! Good introductions and if you are ready to use some time and effort with the extensive notes section you will find it very useful. Not easy reading though, but this is not meant for quick-fix of things but slow and lifelong reflections.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2017
The Buddha''s word. No more, no less. May all being live without fear.
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Enriching
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