Toronto (April 26, 2016). Chroniker Press has released the paperback version of the first full commentary on the Digha Nikaya, regarded by scholars such as A.K. Warder as the oldest Buddhist text, in sixteen centuries. Conversations with the Buddha, written by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan, consists of a series of meticulous commentaries on the 34 suttas of the Digha Nikaya, together with the nine longest suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya. The book was originally offered to the Buddha Center as a series of talks. It is written from a non-sectarian, universalist perspective. Thokmey’s blog, Pali Meditations, is currently read in 138 countries. Thokmey is also the author of Buddhist Self-Ordination: A Dharma Strategy for the West, Khatas, Fundamental View: Ten Talks on the Pali Canon, and Dharma Notes, soon to be re-released in a fourth edition. Conversations with the Buddha is 454 pages, costs US$28.20, and also appears in Google Books. It is also available from Chroniker Press in hardcover.
August 26, 2015 (Toronto). Chroniker Press has published the first comprehensive commentary on the Digha Nikaya since Buddhaghosa’s Sumangala-vilasini, entitled Conversations with the Buddha: A Reader’s Guide to the Digha Nikaya, by Tseten Thokmey, the Buddhist name of Alexander Duncan. Conversations is written from a modern, non-sectarian, universalist point of view. Unlike many sectarian exegetes, Conversations does not try to “second guess” the Pali Canon, but takes the Pali Canon itself “at its word,” disregarding nothing, to establish a basis for the Dharma Transmission to the West. The hermeneutic is non-historicist and phenomenological. This is Duncan’s seventh book.
The entire series of Dharma Talks on the Digha Nikaya by Tseten Thokmey is now available on Sutta Central. Thanks to Bhikku Sujato for making these talks available to a broader audience. We are also currently reediting these blog posts online; a book will be forthcoming, entitled Conversations with the Buddha: A Reader’s Guide to the Digha Nikaya.
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