Buddhism’s Key Texts

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Philosophies and religions the world over have key texts outlining their founders’ beliefs and aims. What are Buddhism’s key texts?

Some mentioned here:

Majjhima Nikāya trans. by Ñāṇamoli and Bodhi
Dīgha Nikāya trans. by Walshe
Aṅguttara Nikāya trans. by Bodhi
Saṃyutta Nikāya trans. by Bodhi
Dhammapada trans. by Fronsdal
Sutta-Nipāta trans. by Saddhatissa
Questions of King Milinda trans. by Max Muller and Rhys Davids
Udāna and Itivuttaka trans. by Ireland
Therigatha trans. by Hallisey
Paṭisambhidāmagga trans. by Ñāṇamoli
Buddhavaṃsa and Cariyāpiṭaka trans. by Horner

A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma trans. by Bodhi

Short Bibliography:

Theravāda Buddhism, 2nd Ed., by Richard Gombrich
Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin
Handbook of Pāli Literature by Oskar von Hinuber

 

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at academia.edu.

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