Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi awarded Khyentse Foundation translation prize

Bhikkhu Bodhi receives the prize from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Khyentse Foundation has awarded its 2013 Prize for Outstanding Translation to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, the American abbot of Chuang Yen Monastery, in Carmel, New York, for his English rendering of the 1,924-page Anguttara Nikaya, published as The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications, 2012). The $8,000 prize was presented personally by Khyentse Foundation’s creator, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, in a May 27 ceremony in New York.

The Foundation reported Paul Harrison, professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University and a member of the Khyentse Foundation Prize Selection Committee, as remarking, “Into one massive volume [Bhikkhu Bodhi] has packed not simply a splendidly readable translation of the suttas of the Anguttara Nikaya, but a fine introduction, over 270 pages of erudite notes, and a number of useful appendices, making his work an indispensable resource for the study of the Buddha’s word for scholars and practitioners alike. This is a major contribution to Buddhist scholarship.”

The Anguttara Nikaya is one of four major collections within the Pali Canon. This was the first written record of the Buddha’s teachings, which had been preserved for 450 years prior as an oral tradition.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi intends to donate his prize money to two nonprofit organizations.

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