In the Buddha’s Words - Praise

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon

This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha’s teachings—in his own words.



512 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861714919

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“I am sure that many people will benefit from In the Buddhas Words.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

Excerpted from a three-page review in Buddhadharma:

“A remarkable book. In the Buddhas Words is an anthology drawing primarily of the first four [widely available translations of collections of the Buddha’s spoken teachings], and manages quite successfully to both summarize them and extract their essence. [ . . . ] Although this material has been available for some time now, one of the things that has remained a difficulty for many readers is its complexity and scope. In the Buddha’s Words provides a framework with which to see the teachings’ overall structure, and it does so in a skillful way. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s introductions alone, strung together, would themselves serve as a beautiful and accessible overview of the dhamma. [ . . . ] I think this anthology will rapidly become the sourcebook of choice for both neophyte and serious student alike. In the Buddhas Words reveals the mature understanding of someone who has not only a complete mastery of his material, but also of someone who has deeply understood the nature and intention of the dhamma and who shares it with us as an expression of his own caring. This publication will be very much welcomed by Western meditators and students of the dhamma. [ . . . ] Any amount of study or practice that helps to deepen wisdom and assist us to emerge from layers of delusion is precious. This book could contribute to this enterprise more than almost anything else in print. It gives us access to the very texture of the dhamma, the specific words and phrases, which guided and inspired the Buddha’s original students. Bhikkhu Bodhi has created a framework upon which he has placed the key elements of the dhamma for all to plainly see and investigate for themselves. With a map of such clarity in hand, one may tread the landscape with confidence. Those for whom the Buddha’s teaching is a living tradition will find this book to be a dear friend and spiritual companion. My overall response to the work is one of gratitude—to the author, the translator and editor, the publisher, and all the other helpers and benefactors who have contributed to making this gift to the world.”—Andrew Olendzki, Executive Director of the Barre Center of Buddhist Studies

“As close as we’ll get to the original teachings and account of the life of the Buddha.”—Tricycle

“Congratulations and gratitude to Wisdom for the new publication In the Buddhas Words—if someone relatively new to Buddhism were to buy only one book, this should be it!”—Jean Smith, author of NOW! and editor of 365 Zen

In the Buddha’s Words has ten chapters, each with an insightful introduction and a handful of sutras, many newly translated, edited and condensed to make them more manageable for the non-scholar. The book begins with a rich explanatory General Introduction that alone would be worth the purchase of the book.”—Right View magazine, from the Mid-America Buddhist Association