Pain and Its Ending: The Four Noble Truths in the Theravada Buddhist Canon, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Pain and Its Ending

The Four Noble Truths in the Theravada Buddhist Canon, 1st Edition

By Carol Anderson


255 pages

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Demonstrates how the four noble truths are used thorughout the Pali canon as a symbol of Buddha's enlightenment and as a doctrine within a larger network of Buddha's teachings. Their unique nature rests in their function as a proposition and as a symbol in the Theravada canon.


'The book's contribution to our knowledge about the four truths may lie in the author's bringig together some new propositions of recent researches which claim to revise views about certain topics such as the language of the canon, the dating of the Buddha's life, the construction of his biographies, the shaping of the Tipitaka and its formulations, or the disparity between the doctrine ant the practice in Buddhist countries. useful to read as a stimulant' - Karel Werner, Journal of Royal Asiatic Society

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James A. Benn, McMaster University, Canada

Jinhua Chen, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, UK

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland, UK

Sallie King, James Madison University, USA

Anne Klein, Rice University, USA

Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, USA;

Ulrich Pagel, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

John Powers, Australian National University, Australia;

Juliane Schober, Arizona State University, USA

Vesna A. Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

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