This is one of a series of talks on the Therigatha, the songs or poems of the nuns at the time of the Buddha.
Gunasiddhi begins by saying that the songs are trying to communicate a level of spiritual experience to the hearer. The talk contains three themes: Going Forth, Friendship and Impermanence.
In this Dharmabyte we hear about the topic of Going forth which happened in a variety of ways for different reasons for these nuns. For us, we don’t go...
This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘We Are a Flow of Phenomena’ by Dassini from the talk The Therigatha and the Problem of Self. We hear a verse about no-self from the nun Uttara. This leads on to reflections about how we subtly reinforce a sense of self through feeling embarrassed or irritable.
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We present below a review by Sarah Clelland of a new translation by Charles Hallisey of the Therīgāthā – verses by female followers of the Buddha, preserved in the Pāli language.
Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women (Murty Classical Library of India vol.3), translated by Charles Hallisey
Harvard University Press, 2015, 336pp., hardback £22.95
Review by Sarah Clelland
The Murty Classical Library of India is a new multi-volume series of translations of the great literary works of India. This third volume – and the only Buddhist text out...