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Long Discourses of the Buddha

Long Discourses of the Buddha - coverThe Long Discourses of the Buddha
- A Translation of the Digha Nikaya
— by Maurice Walshe

This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya  - the Long Discourses of the Buddha - one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.

This collection - among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings, given in India two and a half thousand years ago - consists of thirty-four longer-length suttas (or discourses) distinguished as such from the middle-length and shorter suttas of the other collections.

Introduced with a vivid account of the Buddha's life and times and a short survey of his teachings, The Long Discourses of the Buddha  brings us closer in every way to the wise and compassionate presence of Gotama Buddha and his path of truth.

ShakyamuniIncluded are teachings:

  • on mindfulness (Mahasatipatthana Sutta) 
  • on morality, concentration, and wisdom (Subha Sutta) 
  • on dependent origination (Mahanidrana Sutta) 
  • on the roots and causes of wrong views (Brahmajala Sutta) 
  • and a long description of the Buddha's last days and passing away (Mahaparinibbana Sutta) along with a wealth of practical advice and insight for all those travelling along the spiritual path.

The Long Discourses of the Buddha  is an invaluable collection of the teachings of the Buddha, revealing his gentleness, compassion, and penetrating wisdom. These thirty-four discourses are among the oldest records of the Buddha's original teachings.

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This book is a companion to The Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha,  and The Connected Discourses of the Buddha.