John D. Ireland

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John D. Ireland (1932-1998) was born in North London, England. He became a Buddhist at age eighteen and soon began studying Pali. From the 1960's onward he was a frequent contributor to the Buddhist Publication Society's Wheel and Bodhi Leaves series of booklets. But he is perhaps best known for his combined translation, The Udana & the Itivuttaka (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1997), in reference to which he wrote to a friend shortly before his death: "I feel I could die contented in the knowledge that I have done something to repay the great happiness the Buddha-Dhamma has brought me in this life."

Buddhist publications

  • The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipata, by John D. Ireland, trans. (Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No. 82; 1983; 71k/23pp.)
  • Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part I) by John D. Ireland (Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No. 107/109; 1981; 179k/62pp.)
  • Vangisa: An Early Buddhist Poet by John D. Ireland (Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No. 417/418; 1997; 96k/29pp.)