This book contains the integral Dutch translation of the first volume of the Samyutta-Nikaya, ‘The Connected Discourses of the Buddha’.
The Samyutta-Nikaya is traditionally seen as the third set (nikaya) in the Sutta-Pitaka, after the Digha-Nikaya and the Majjhima-Nikaya. The Sutta-Pitaka is the ‘basket’ of discourses (sutta’s) attributed to the historical Buddha and his main disciples
The Sutta-Pitaka is part of the Pali-Canon together with the Vinaya-Pitaka (the ‘basket’ of the monastic rules) and the Abhidhamma-Pitaka (the ‘basket’ with detailed scholastic presentations of doctrinal material). Together they form the body of sacred texts of Theravada Buddhism. The Pali-Canon or Tipitaka (‘three baskets’) contain the oldest extant scriptures of the Buddhist tradition.
The Samyutta-Nikaya contains 2904 suttas, divided into 56 books (samyuttas), each of which deals with a particular theme. In the many, often very short, suttas of the Samyutta-Nikaya, the Buddha’s radical insights into human nature are presented and his unique path to spiritual liberation from suffering in this world is shown.
This book contains a translation of the second volume of the five-volume Samyutta-Nikaya, (‘The Connected Discourses ofthe Buddha’), the Book of Causes (Nidana-Vagga). The entire collection consists of 56 books (samyuttas), each dealing with a particular theme. This second volume contains 10 of them.
NB The cover image on this page and on the order page shows an incorrect subtitle “The Book of the Links”. The current version, which will be sent to you with your order, has the correct subtitle: “The Book of Causes”.