by BHIKKHU BODHI
Size: 5.5” x 8.25’
Pages: 58 pages
THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
The Buddha's Teachings centre around two basic principles. One is the Four Noble Truths, in which the Buddha diagnoses the problem of suffering and indicates the treatment necessary to remedy this problem. The other is the Noble Eightfold Path, the practical discipline he prescribes to uproot and eliminate the deep underlying causes of suffering. The present book offers, in simple and clear language, a concise yet thorough explanation of the Eightfold Path. Basing himself solidly upon the Buddha's own words, the author examines each factor of the path to determine exactly what it implies in the way of practical training. Finally, in the concluding chapter, he shows how all eight factors of the path function in unison to bring about the realization of the Buddhist goal: enlightenment and liberation.
TRANSCENDENTAL DEPENDENT ARISING
Tucked away in the Samyutta Nikaya among the "connected sayings on causality" (Nidanasamyutta) is a short formalized text entitled the Upanisa Sutta, the "Discourse on Supporting Conditions." The Upanisa Sutta reveals the entire course of man's faring in the world as well as his treading of the path to its transcendence. This exposition sets out to explore the, "transcendental" application of dependent arising, drawing freely from other parts of the Canon and the commentaries to fill out the meaning.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BHIKKHU BODHI (born 1944) is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College in 1966 and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in 1972.
Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, 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 late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk in recent times.
He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli, 1995) and The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000).