By Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Amassed posthumous papers of the English monk-scholar Ñaṇamoli, who counts as one of many leading translators of Pali Buddhist texts into English. along with being a talented translator Ñaṇamoli used to be additionally a proficient philosopher, thinker, and poet. in addition to a few longer essays, lots of the notes are just one paragraph lengthy and have been written within the Nineteen Fifties as a Buddhist monk. The notes and essays take care of profound subject matters akin to ontology, metaphysics, nuclear physics, common sense, yet there's additionally humour, irony, sarcasm and light-weight poetry. 4 essays have been prior released in a Wheel ebook referred to as Pathways of Buddhist suggestion. The notes have been amassed, edited and brought through Nyanaponika Thera.
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