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The Sutta-Nipata: A New Translation from the Pali Canon 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0700701810
ISBN-10: 0700701818
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700701818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700701810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent rendering of the SUTTA NIPATA, one of the most profound texts from the Theravada Tipitika, and more specifically, the Sutta Pitaka.

Along with Dhammapadda, Satthipattana Sutta,Metta Sutta and The Udana, many consider Sutta Nipata to represent THE peak teachings within early Buddhism.

For the most literal of renderings, most would reccommend the Pali Text Society version -- but some now consider it a little dry, couched in early 20th Century British idiom, though none would say this detracts from the PTS's deep accuracy and authenticity and faithfulness to the original Pali script.

A second favourite -- I believe -- is the late Maurice Walshe's version. Walsh, an English ( gentle )man and long term supporter of the UK Sangha, was a highly respected German scholar, and had a natural sympathy with Indo European terminology: he was also a highly regarded expert on the medieval German mystic, Meister Eckhart,and an ex Bhikkhu himself, so some would say he was ideally suited to a translation of Pali texts.

Saddhatissa's version proved slightly, briefly, controversial with the "experts" and key scholars, because it was claimed Saddhatissa had rendered the Pali verse in a somewhat poetic, perhaps contemporary style, and that he had been slightly liberal with key psychological core terms from the original Pali.

This of course, is a significant charge -- who on earth amongst the serious meditators wants a "new age" and crystals version of this classic text?
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The translation in this book is indeed smoothly readable, but what are you reading? In Bhikkhu Bhodi's lectures on the Sutta Nipata, he assigned this text, but was forced to retranslate words in *just about every single line* because the translator had failed to accurately render the intent of the Pali text. These are minor errors; however, they are also not superficial, but rather fundamental misconstruals. Bhikkhu Bhodi even theorized that this translation was not the work of Ven. Saddhatisa himself, but an English editor, due to the fact that a learned monk such as Ven. Saddhatisa would not have been expected to make such errors. Certainly, it is valuable to have the text in English, but perhaps the only way to learn what the Buddha meant to convey is through more extensive study of the etymologies and contexts surrounding the Pali text.
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