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The Debate of King Milinda

The Debate of King Milinda

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The Milinda Panha is a Pali book written in about the 1st century B.C. King Milinda, a Bactrian king who ruled the northeast of India, met a learned monk called Nàgasena and
the king put to him a number of questions on the philosophy, psychology, and ethics of Buddhism. I presume this debate was conducted in the Bactrian Greek language, but was later translated into Pali and Sanskrit.
This well-known Pali book, called Milinda Pa¤ha or Questions of King Milinda, has twice been translated into English: in 1890, and in 1969. Both translations are literary and, in many places, literal; therefore they were mainly confined to scholars. This present work is, however, not a literal but a free rendering, making an abridgement and
aimed at the reader who prefers to take a short cut rather than the long way, notwithstanding that the latter may be
very beautiful.
The Milinda Panha is a Pali book written in about the 1st century B.C. King Milinda, a Bactrian king who ruled the northeast of India, met a learned monk called Nàgasena and
the king put to him a number of questions on the philosophy, psychology, and ethics of Buddhism. I presume this debate was conducted in the Bactrian Greek language, but was later translated into Pali and Sanskrit.
This well-known Pali book, called Milinda Pa¤ha or Questions of King Milinda, has twice been translated into English: in 1890, and in 1969. Both translations are literary and, in many places, literal; therefore they were mainly confined to scholars. This present work is, however, not a literal but a free rendering, making an abridgement and
aimed at the reader who prefers to take a short cut rather than the long way, notwithstanding that the latter may be
very beautiful.

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E-mail: bdea@buddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net 
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
Bhikkhu Pesala
The Debate of
King Milinda
The Debate of
King Milinda
 
The Debate Of King Milinda
An Inward Journey Book
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Inward Path
• P.O. Box 1034, 10830 Penang, MalaysiaTel/Fax: 04-659 6696Email: sunanda@pc.jaring.my • InwardPath@hotmail.comWebsite:http://www.buddhanet.net/ipp.htm • Peace House356V Lengkok Pemancar, 11700 Gelugor, PenangFirst Hardback Edition 1991
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Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi. Revised 1998First Pocket Edition May, 2000
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Association for Insight Meditation, England.This New Revised Edition May, 2001
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Inward Path, Penang.Copyright © 2001 byBhikkhu PesalaAssociation for Insight MeditationNo. 3 Clifton WayAlperton, Middlesex HA0 4PQUnited Kingdom
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. No part of this book may be reproduced in any mannerwithout written permission from the publisher and author. For additionalinformation please contact the publisher.Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia – Cataloguing-in-Publication DataThe debate of King Milinda: an abridgement of the Milinda Pa¤ha / edited byBhikkhu Pesala. — Rev. ed.ISBN 983-9439-50-21. Milindapanha—Abridgements. 2. Buddhism—Sacred books. 3.Buddhistliterature. I. Pesala, Bhikkhu. II. Title. 294.382This book is printed for
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Overview
The
 Milinda
 
Pa¤ha
is, with good reason, a famous work of Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the first centuryB.C. It presents Buddhist doctrine in a very attractive andmemorable form as a dialogue between a Bactrian Greekking, Milinda, who plays the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ and aBuddhist sage, Nàgasena. The topics covered include mostof those questions commonly asked by Westerners such as“If there is no soul, what is it that is reborn?” and “If thereis no soul, who is talking to you now?”This abridgement provides a concise presentation of this masterpiece of Buddhist literature. The introductionoutlines the historical background against which the dia-logues took place, indicating the meeting of two great cul-tures, that of ancient Greece and the Buddhism of the Indusvalley, which was a legacy of the great Emperor Asoka. It ishoped that the adequate references, glossary, and list of Pali quotations will provide readers with an incentive toread further from the translations of the Pali texts.

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