By Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Amassed posthumous papers of the English monk-scholar Ñaṇamoli, who counts as one of many most well known translators of Pali Buddhist texts into English. in addition to being a proficient translator Ñaṇamoli was once additionally a talented philosopher, thinker, and poet. along with a few longer essays, many of the notes are just one paragraph lengthy and have been written within the Fifties as a Buddhist monk. The notes and essays care for profound issues similar to ontology, metaphysics, nuclear physics, common sense, yet there's additionally humour, irony, sarcasm and lightweight poetry. 4 essays have been previous released in a Wheel booklet known as Pathways of Buddhist idea. The notes have been gathered, edited and brought through Nyanaponika Thera.
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