A remarkable book. A gift to the world. -- Andrew Olendzki, Executive Director of the Barre Center of Buddhist Studies, in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
From the Back Cover
This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddhas teachingsin 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 Pli Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, In the Buddhas Words reveals the full scope of the Buddhas discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.
In the Buddhas Words allows even readers unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddhas contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddhas teachings, and point the way to an ancient yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.