of the 152 Suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya
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"MAJJHIMA NIKAYA: THE MIDDLE LENGTH SAYINGS", edited by
Bhiikhu Bodhi. This new translation of the entire Majjhima Nikaya
-- one of the most important collections of suttas in the Pali
Canon -- is based on the posthumous manuscripts of Bhikkhu
Nanamoli, and will be published jointly by Wisdom Publications
and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Fall, 1994.
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Part One: The Root Fifty
1. Mulapariyaya Sutta: The Root of
All Things. The Buddha analyses the cognitive processes of four
types of individuals -- the untaught ordinary person, the
discipline in higher training, the arahant, and the Tathagata.
This is one of the deepest and most difficult suttas in the Pali
Canon, and it is therefore suggested that the earnest student
read it only in a cursory manner on a first reading of the
Majjhima Nikaya, returning to it for an in-depth study after
completing the entire collection.
2. Sabbasava Sutta: All the
Taints. The Buddha teaches the bhikkhus seven methods for
restraining and abandoning the taints, the fundamental
defilements that maintain bondage to the round of birth and
3. Dhammadayada Sutta: Heirs in
the Dhamma. The Buddha enjoins the bhikkhus to be heirs in
Dhamma, not heirs in material things. The venerable Sariputta
then continues on the same theme by explaining how disciples
should train themselves to become the Buddha's heirs in Dhamma.
4. Bhayabherava Sutta: Fear and
Dread. The Buddha describes to a brahmin the qualities required
of a monk who wishes to live alone in the forest. He then relates
an account of his own attempts to conquer fear when striving for
5. Anangana Sutta: Without
Blemishes. The venerable Sariputta gives a discourse to the
bhikkhus on the meaning of blemishes, explaining that a bhikkhu
becomes blemished when he falls under the sway of evil wishes.
6. Akankheyya Sutta: If a Bhikkhu
Should Wish. The Buddha begins by stressing the importance of
virtue as the foundation for a bhikkhu's training, and he then
goes on to enumerate the benefits which a bhikkhu can reap by
properly fulfilling the training.
7. Vatthupama Sutta: The Simile of
the Cloth. With a simple simile the Buddha illustrates the
difference between a defiled mind and a pure mind.
8. Sallekha Sutta: Effacement. The
Buddha rejects the view that the mere attainment of the
meditative absorptions is effacement and explains how effacement
is properly practised in his teaching.
9. Sammaditthi Sutta: Right View.
A long and important discourse by the venerable Sariputta, with
separate sections on the wholesome and the unwholesome,
nutriment, the Four Noble Truths, the twelve factors of dependent
origination, and the taints.
10. Satipatthana Sutta: The
Foundations of Mindfulness. This is one of the fullest and most
important suttas by the Buddha dealing with meditation, with
particular emphasis on the development of insight. The Buddha
begins by declaring the four foundations of mindfulness to be the
direct path for the realisation of Nibbana, then gives detailed
instructions on the four foundations: the contemplation of the
body, feelings, mind and mind-objects.
11. Culasihanada Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar. The Buddha declares that
only in his Dispensation can the four grades of noble individuals
be found, explaining how his teaching can be distinguished from
other creeds through its unique rejection of all doctrines of
12. Mahasihanada Sutta: The Great
Discourse on the Lion's Roar. The Buddha expounds the ten powers
of a Tathagata, his four kinds of intrepidity, and other superior
qualities which entitle him to "roar his lion's roar in the
13. Mahadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering. The Buddha explains
the full understanding of sensual pleasures, material form and
feelings; there is a long section on the dangers in sensual
14. Culadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Mass of Suffering. A variation on the
preceding, ending in a discussion with Jain ascetics on the
nature of pleasure and pain.
15. Anumana Sutta: Inference. The
venerable Maha Moggallana enumerates the qualities which make a
bhikkhu difficult to correct and teaches how one should examine
oneself to remove the defects in one's character.
16. Cetokhila Sutta: The
Wilderness in the Heart. The Buddha explains to the bhikkhus the
five "wildernesses in the heart" and the five
"shackles in the heart."
17. Vanapattha Sutta: Jungle
Thickets. A discourse on the conditions under which a meditative
monk should remain living in a jungle thicket and the conditions
under which he should go elsewhere.
18. Madhupindika Sutta: The Honey
Ball. The Buddha utters a deep but enigmatic statement about
"the source through which perceptions and notions tinged by
mental proliferation beset a man." This statement is
elucidated by the venerable Maha Kaccana, whose explanation is
praised by the Buddha.
19. Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Kinds
of Thought. With reference to his own struggle for enlightenment,
the Buddha explains the way to overcome unwholesome thoughts and
replace them by wholesome thoughts.
20. Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The
Removal of Distracting Thoughts. The Buddha teaches five methods
for dealing with the unwholesome thoughts that may arise in the
course of meditation.
21. Kakacupama Sutta: The Simile
of the Saw. A discourse on the need to maintain patience when
addressed with disagreeable words.
22. Alagaddupama Sutta: The Simile
of the Snake. A bhikkhu named Arittha gives rise to a pernicious
view that conduct prohibited by the Buddha is not really an
obstruction. The Buddha reprimands him and with a series of
memorable similes stresses the dangers in misapplying and
misrepresenting the Dhamma. The sutta culminates in one of the
most impressive disquisitions on non-self found in the Canon.
23. Vammika Sutta: The Ant-hill. A
deity presents a monk with an obscure riddle, which is unravelled
for him by the Buddha.
24. Rathavinita Sutta: The Relay
Chariots. The venerable Punna Mantaniputta explains to Sariputta
that the goal of the holy life, final Nibbana, is to be reached
by way of the seven stages of purification.
25. Nivapa Sutta: The Bait. The
Buddha uses the analogy of deer trappers to make known to the
bhikkhus the obstacles that confront them in their effort to
escape from Mara's control.
26. Ariyapariyesana Sutta: The
Noble Search. The Buddha gives the bhikkhus a long account of his
own quest for enlightenment from the time of his life in the
palace up to his transmission of the Dhamma to his first five
27. Culahatthipadopama Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint.
Using the analogy of a woodsman tracking down a big bull
elephant, the Buddha explains how a disciple arrives at complete
certainty of the truth of his teaching. The sutta presents a full
account of the step-by-step training of the Buddhist monk.
28. Mahahatthipadopama Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint. The
venerable Sariputta begins with a statement of the Four Noble
Truths, which he then expounds by way of the contemplation of the
four elements and the dependent origination of the five
29. Mahasaropama Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood.
30. Culasaropama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of
These two discourses emphasise that the proper goal of the holy
life is the unshakeable deliverance of the mind, to which all
other benefits are subsidiary.
31. Culagosinga Sutta: The Shorter
Discourse in Gosinga The Buddha meets three bhikkhus who are
living in concord, "blending like milk and water," and
inquires how they succeed in living together so harmoniously.
32. Mahagosinga Sutta: The Greater
Discourse in Gosinga. On a beautiful moonlit night a number of
senior disciples meet together in a sala-tree wood and discuss
what kind of bhikkhu could illuminate the wood. After each has
answered according to his personal ideal, they go the Buddha, who
provides his own answer.
33. Mahagopalaka Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Cowherd. The Buddha teaches eleven
qualities that prevent a bhikkhu's growth in the Dhamma and
eleven qualities that contribute to his growth.
34. Culagopalaka Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Cowherd. The Buddha explains the types
of bhikkhus who "breast Mara's stream" and get safely
across to the further shore.
35. Culasaccaka Sutta: The Shorter
Discourse to Saccaka. The debater Saccaka boasts that in debate
he can shake the Buddha up and down and thump him about, but when
he finally meets the Buddha their discussion takes some
36. Mahasaccaka Sutta: The Greater
Discourse to Saccaka. The Buddha meets again with Saccaka and in
the course of a discussion on "development of body" and
"development of mind" he relates a detailed narrative
on his own spiritual quest.
37. Culatanhasankhaya Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Destruction of Craving. The venerable
Maha Moggallana overhears the Buddha give a brief explanation to
Sakka, ruler of gods, as to how a bhikkhu is liberated through
the destruction of craving. Wishing to know if Sakka understood
the meaning, he makes a trip to the heaven of the Thirty-three to
38. Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving. A bhikkhu named
Sati promulgates the pernicious view that the same consciousness
transmigrates from life to life. The Buddha reprimands him with a
lengthy discourse on dependent origination, showing how all
phenomena of existence arise and cease through conditions.
39. Maha-Assapura Sutta: The
Greater Discourse at Assapura. The Buddha elucidates "the
things that make one a recluse" with a discourse covering
many aspects of the bhikkhu's training.
40. Cula-Assapura Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse at Assapura. The Buddha explains "the way
proper to the recluse" to be not the mere outward practice
of austerities but the inward purification from defilements.
41. Saleyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins
42. Veranjaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Veranja.
In these two nearly identical suttas the Buddha explains to
groups of brahmin householders the courses of conduct leading to
rebirth in lower realms and the courses leading to higher rebirth
43. Mahavedalla Sutta: The Greater
Series of Questions and Answers.
44. Culavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Series of Questions and
These two discourses take the form of discussions on various
subtle points of Dhamma, the former between the venerable Maha
Kotthita and the venerable Sariputta, the latter between the
bhikkhuni Dhammadinna and the lay follower Visakha.
45. Culadhammasamadana Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things.
46. Mahadhammasamadana Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Ways of
The Buddha explains, differently in each of the two suttas, four
ways of undertaking things, distinguished according to whether
they are painful or pleasant now and whether they ripen in pain
or pleasure in the future.
47. Vimamsaka Sutta: The Inquirer.
The Buddha invites the bhikkhus to make a thorough investigation
of himself in order to find out whether or not he can be accepted
as fully enlightened.
48. Kosambiya Sutta: The
Kosambians. During the period when the bhikkhus at Kosambi were
divided by a dispute, the Buddha teaches them the six qualities
that create love and respect and conduce to unity. He then
explains seven extraordinary knowledges possessed by a noble
disciple who has realised the fruit of stream-entry.
49. Brahmanimantanika Sutta: The
Invitation of a Brahma. Baka the Brahma, a high divinity, adopts
the pernicious view that the heavenly world over which he
presides is eternal and that there is no higher state beyond. The
Buddha visits him to dissuade him from that wrong view and
engages him in a contest of Olympian dimensions.
50. Maratajjaniya Sutta: The
Rebuke to Mara. Mara attempts to harass the venerable Maha
Moggallana, but the latter relates a story of the distant past to
warn Mara of the dangers in creating trouble for a disciple of
Part Two: The Middle Fifty
51. Kandaraka Sutta: To Kandaraka.
The Buddha discusses four kinds of persons found in the world --
the one who torments himself, the one who torments others, the
one who torments both himself and others, and the one who
torments neither but lives a truly holy life.
52. Atthakanagara Sutta: At
Atthakanagara. The venerable Ananda teaches eleven "doors to
the Deathless" by which a bhikkhu can attain the supreme
security from bondage.
53. Sekha Sutta: The Disciple in
Higher Training. At the Buddha's request the venerable Ananda
gives a discourse on the practices undertaken by a disciple in
54. Potaliya Sutta: To Potaliya.
The Buddha teaches a presumptuous interlocutor the meaning of
"the cutting off of affairs" in his discipline. The
sutta offers a striking series of similes on the dangers in
55. Jivaka Sutta: To Jivaka. The
Buddha explains the regulations he has laid down concerning
meat-eating and defends his disciples against unjust accusations.
56. Upali Sutta. To Upali. The
wealthy and influential householder Upali, a prominent supporter
of the Jains, proposes to go to the Buddha and refute his
doctrine. Instead, he finds himself converted by the Buddha's
57. Kukkuravatika Sutta: The
Dog-Duty Ascetic. The Buddha meets two ascetics, one who imitates
the behaviour of a dog, the other who imitates the behaviour of
an ox. He reveals to them the futility of their practices and
gives them a discourse on kamma and its fruit.
58. Abhayarajakumara Sutta. To
Prince Abhaya. The Jain leader, Nigantha Nataputta, teaches
Prince Abhaya a "two-horned question" with which he can
refute the Buddha's doctrine. The Buddha escapes the dilemma and
explains what kind of speech he would and would not utter.
59. Bahuvedaniya Sutta: The Many
Kinds of Feeling. After resolving a disagreement about the
classification of feelings, the Buddha enumerates the different
kinds of pleasure and joy that beings can experience.
60. Apannaka Sutta: The
Incontrovertible Teaching. The Buddha gives a group of brahmin
householders an "incontrovertible teaching" which will
help them steer clear of the tangle in contentious views.
61. Ambalatthikarahulovada Sutta:
Advice to Rahula at Ambalatthika. The Buddha admonishes his son,
the novice Rahula, on the dangers in lying and stresses the
importance of constant reflection on one's motives.
62. Maharahulovada Sutta: The
Greater Discourse of Advice to Rahula. The Buddha teaches Rahula
the meditation on the elements, on mindfulness of breathing, and
63. Culamalunkya Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse to Malunkyaputta. A bhikkhu threatens to leave
the Order unless the Buddha answers his metaphysical questions.
With the simile of the man struck by a poisoned arrow, the Buddha
makes plain exactly what he does and does not teach.
64. Mahamalunkya Sutta: The
Greater Discourse to Malunkyaputta. The Buddha teaches the path
to the abandoning of the five lower fetters.
65. Bhaddali Sutta: To Bhaddali.
The Buddha admonishes a recalcitrant monk and explains the
disadvantages of refusing to submit to the training.
66. Latukikopama Sutta: The Simile
of the Quail. The Buddha drives home the importance of abandoning
all fetters, no matter how harmless and trifling they may seem.
67. Catuma Sutta: At Catuma. The
Buddha teaches a group of newly ordained monks four dangers to be
overcome by those who have gone forth into homelessness.
68. Nalakapana Sutta: At
Nalakapana. The Buddha explains why, when his disciples die, he
declares their level of attainment and plane of rebirth.
69. Gulissani Sutta: Gulissani.
The venerable Sariputta gives a discourse on the proper training
of a forest-dwelling bhikkhu.
70. Kitagiri Sutta: At Kitagiri.
The Buddha admonishes a group of disobedient monks, in the course
of which he presents an important sevenfold classification of
71. Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta: To
Vacchagotta on the Threefold True Knowledge. The Buddha denies
possessing complete knowledge of everything at all times and
defines the threefold knowledge he does possess.
72. Aggivacchagotta Sutta: To
Vacchagotta on Fire. The Buddha explains to a wanderer why he
does not hold any speculative views. With the simile of an
extinguished fire he tries to indicate the destiny of the
73. Mahavacchagotta Sutta: The
Greater Discourse to Vacchagotta. The story of the wanderer
Vacchagotta's full conversion to the Dhamma, his going forth and
his attainment of arahantship.
74. Dighanakha Sutta: To
Dighanakha. The Buddha counters the disclaimers of a sceptic and
teaches him the way to liberation through the contemplation of
75. Magandiya Sutta: To Magandiya.
The Buddha meets the hedonist philosopher Magandiya and points
out to him the dangers in sensual pleasures, the benefits in
renunciation, and the meaning of Nibbana.
76. Sandaka Sutta: To Sandaka. The
venerable Ananda teaches a group of wanderers four ways that
negate the living of the holy life and four kinds of holy life
without consolation. Then he explains the holy life that is truly
77. Mahasakuludayi Sutta: The
Greater Discourse to Sakuludayin. The Buddha teaches a group of
wanderers the reasons why his disciples venerate him and look to
him for guidance.
78. Samanamandika Sutta:
Samanamandikaputta. The Buddha explains how a man is "one
who has attained to the supreme attainment."
79. Culasakuludayi Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse to Sakuludayin. The Buddha examines the
doctrine of a wandering ascetic, using the simile of "the
most beautiful girl in the country" to expose the folly of
80. Vekhanassa Sutta: To
Vekhanassa. A discourse partly similar to the preceding one, with
an additional section on sensual pleasure.
81. Ghatikara Sutta: Ghatikara the
Potter. The Buddha recounts the story of the chief lay supporter
of the past Buddha Kassapa.
82. Ratthapala Sutta: On
Ratthapala. The story of a young man who goes forth into
homelessness against the wishes of his parents and later returns
to visit them.
83. Makhadeva Sutta: King
Makhadeva. The story of an ancient lineage of kings and how their
virtuous tradition was broken due to negligence.
84. Madhura Sutta: At Madhura. The
venerable Maha Kaccana examines the brahmin claim that brahmins
are the highest caste.
85. Bodhirajakumara Sutta: To
Prince Bodhi. The Buddha counters the claim that pleasure is to
be gained through pain with an account of his own quest for
86. Angulimala Sutta: On
Angulimala. The story of how the Buddha subdued the notorious
criminal Angulimala and led him to the attainment of arahantship.
87. Piyajatika Sutta: Born from
Those Who Are Dear. Why the Buddha teaches that sorrow and grief
arise from those who are dear.
88. Bahitika Sutta: The Cloak. The
venerable Ananda answers King Pasenadi's questions on the
89. Dhammacetiya Sutta: Monuments
to the Dhamma. King Pasenadi offers ten reasons why he shows such
deep veneration to the Buddha.
90. Kannakatthala Sutta. At
Kannakatthala. King Pasenadi questions the Buddha on omniscience,
on caste distinctions, and on the gods.
91. Brahmayu Sutta: Brahmayu. An
old and erudite brahmin learns about the Buddha, goes to meet
him, and becomes his disciple.
92. Sela Sutta: To Sela. The
brahmin Sela questions the Buddha, gains faith in him, and
becomes a monk along with his company of pupils.
93. Assalayana Sutta: To
Assalayana. A young brahmin approaches the Buddha to argue the
thesis that the brahmins are the highest caste.
94. Ghotamukha Sutta: To
Ghotamukha. A discussion between a brahmin and a bhikkhu on
whether the renunciate life accords with the Dhamma.
95. Canki Sutta: With Canki. The
Buddha instructs a young brahmin on the preservation of truth,
the discovery of truth, and the final arrival at truth.
96. Esukari Sutta: To Esukari. The
Buddha and a brahmin discuss the brahmins' claim to superiority
over the other castes.
97. Dhananjani Sutta: To
Dhananjani. The venerable Sariputta admonishes a brahmin who
tries to excuse his negligence by appeal to his many duties.
Later, when he is close to death, Sariputta guides him to rebirth
in the Brahma-world but is reprimanded by the Buddha for having
98. Vasettha Sutta: To Vasettha.
The Buddha resolves a dispute between two young brahmins on the
qualities of a true brahmin.
99. Subha Sutta: To Subha. The
Buddha answers a young brahmin's questions and teaches him the
way to rebirth in the Brahma-world.
100. Sangarava Sutta: To
Sangarava. A brahmin student questions the Buddha about the basis
on which he teaches the fundamentals of the holy life.
Part Three: The Final
101. Devadaha Sutta: At Devadaha.
The Buddha examines the Jain thesis that liberation is to be
attained by self-mortification, proposing a different account of
how striving becomes fruitful.
102. Pancattaya Sutta: The Five
and Three. A survey of various speculative views about the future
and the past and of misconceptions about Nibbana.
103. Kinti Sutta: What Do You
Think About Me? The Buddha explains how the monks can resolve
disagreements about the Dhamma.
104. Samagama Sutta: At Samagama.
The Buddha lays down disciplinary procedures for the guidance of
the Sangha to ensure its harmonious functioning after his demise.
105. Sunakkhatta Sutta: To
Sunakkhatta. The Buddha discusses the problem of an individual's
overestimation of his progress in meditation.
106. Anenjasappaya Sutta: The Way
to the Imperturbable. The Buddha explains the approaches to
various levels of higher meditative states culminating in Nibbana.
107. Ganakamoggallana Sutta: To
Ganaka Moggallana. The Buddha sets forth the gradual training of
the Buddhist monk and describes himself as the "shower of
108. Gopakamoggallana Sutta: With
Gopaka Moggallana. The venerable Ananda explains how the Sangha
maintains its unity and internal discipline after the passing
away of the Buddha.
109. Mahapunnama Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on the Full-moon Night. A bhikkhu questions the
Buddha on the five aggregates, clinging, personality view and the
realisation of non-self.
110. Culapunnama Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on the Full-moon Night. The Buddha explains the
differences between an "untrue man" and a "true
111. Anupada Sutta: One By One As
They Occurred. The Buddha describes the venerable Sariputta's
development of insight when he was training for the attainment of arahantship.
112. Chabbisodhana Sutta: The
Sixfold Purity. The Buddha explains how a bhikkhu should be
interrogated when he claims final knowledge and how he would
answer if his claim is genuine.
113. Sappurisa Sutta: The True
Man. The Buddha distinguishes the character of a true man from
that of an untrue man.
114. Sevitabbasevitabba Sutta: To
Be Cultivated and Not To Be Cultivated. The Buddha sets up three
brief outlines of things to be cultivated and not to be
cultivated, and the venerable Sariputta fills in the details.
115. Bahudhatuka Sutta: The Many
Kinds of Elements. The Buddha expounds in detail the elements,
the sense bases, dependent origination, and the possible and
impossible situations obtaining in the world.
116. Isigili Sutta: Isigili: The
Gullet of the Seers. An enumeration of the names and epithets of
paccekabuddhas who formerly dwelt on the mountain Isigili.
117. Mahacattarisaka Sutta: The
Great Forty. The Buddha defines the factors of the Noble
Eightfold Path and explains their inter-relationships.
118. Anapanasati Sutta:
Mindfulness of Breathing. An exposition of sixteen steps in
mindfulness of breathing and of the relation of this meditation
to the four foundations of mindfulness and the seven
119. Kayagatasati Sutta:
Mindfulness of the Body. The Buddha explains how mindfulness of
the body should be developed and cultivated and the benefits to
which it leads.
120. Sankharupapatti Sutta:
Reappearance by Aspiration. The Buddha teaches how one can be
reborn in accordance with one's wish.
121. Culasunnata Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse on Voidness. The Buddha instructs Ananda on the
"genuine, undistorted, pure descent into voidness."
122. Mahasunnata Sutta: The
Greater Discourse on Voidness. Upon finding that the bhikkhus
have grown fond of socialising, the Buddha stresses the need for
seclusion in order to abide in voidness.
123. Acchariya-abbhuta Sutta:
Wonderful and Marvellous. At a gathering of bhikkhus the
venerable Ananda recounts the wonderful and marvellous events
that preceded and attended the birth of the Buddha.
124. Bakkula Sutta: Bakkula. The
elder disciple Bakkula enumerates his austere practices during
his eighty years in the Sangha and exhibits a remarkable death.
125. Dantabhumi Sutta: The Grade
of the Tamed. By analogy with the taming of an elephant, the
Buddha explains how he tames his disciples.
126. Bhumija Sutta: Bhumija. The
Buddha brings forward a series of similes to illustrate the
natural fruitfulness of the Noble Eightfold Path.
127. Anuruddha Sutta: Anuruddha.
The venerable Anuruddha clarifies the difference between the
immeasurable deliverance of mind and the exalted deliverance of
128. Upakkilesa Sutta:
Imperfections. The Buddha discusses the various impediments to
meditative progress he encountered during his quest for
enlightenment, with particular reference to the divine eye.
129. Balapandita Sutta: Fools and
Wise Men. The sufferings of hell and animal life into which a
fool is reborn through his evil deeds, and the pleasures of
heaven which a wise man reaps through his good deeds.
130. Devaduta Sutta: The Divine
Messengers. The Buddha describes the sufferings of hell which
await the evil-doer after death.
131. Bhaddekaratta Sutta: One
132. Anandabhaddekaratta Sutta: Ananda and One Fortunate
133. Mahakaccanabhaddekaratta Sutta: Maha Kaccana and One
134. Lomasakangiyabhaddekaratta Sutta: Lomasakangiya and One
The above four suttas all revolve around a stanza spoken by the
Buddha emphasising the need for present effort in developing
insight into things as they are.
135. Culakammavibhanga Sutta: The
Shorter Exposition of Action. The Buddha explains how kamma
accounts for the fortune and misfortune of beings.
136. Mahakammavibhanga Sutta: The
Greater Exposition of Action. The Buddha reveals subtle
complexities in the workings of kamma that overturn simplistic
dogmas and generalisations.
137. Salayatanavibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of the Sixfold Base. The Buddha expounds the six
internal and external sense bases and other related topics.
138. Uddesavibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of a Summary. The venerable Maha Kaccana elaborates
upon a brief saying of the Buddha on the training of
consciousness and the overcoming of agitation.
139. Aranavibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of Non-conflict. The Buddha gives a detailed discourse
on things which lead to conflict and things which lead away from
140. Dhatuvibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of Elements. Stopping at a potter's workshop for the
night, the Buddha meets a monk named Pukkusati and gives him a
profound discourse on the elements culminating in the four
foundations of arahantship.
141. Saccavibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of the Truths. The venerable Sariputta gives a
detailed analysis of the Four Noble Truths.
142. Dakkhinavibhanga Sutta: The
Exposition of Offerings. The Buddha enumerates fourteen kinds of
personal offerings and seven kinds of offerings made to the Sangha.
143. Anathapindikovada Sutta:
Advice to Anathapindika. The venerable Sariputta is called to
Anathapindika's deathbed and gives him a stirring sermon on
144. Channovada Sutta: Advice to
Channa. The venerable Channa, gravely ill, takes his own life
despite the attempts of two brother-monks to dissuade him.
145. Punnovada Sutta: Advice to
Punna. The bhikkhu Punna receives a short exhortation from the
Buddha and decides to go live among the fierce people of a remote
146. Nandakovada Sutta: Advice
from Nandaka. The venerable Nandaka gives the nuns a discourse on
147. Cularahulovada Sutta: The
Shorter Discourse of Advice to Rahula. The Buddha gives Rahula a
discourse which leads him to the attainment of arahantship.
148. Chachakka Sutta: The Six Sets
of Six. An especially profound and penetrating discourse on the
contemplation of all the factors of sense experience as not-self.
149. Mahasalayatanika Sutta: The
Great Sixfold Base. How wrong view about the six kinds of sense
experience leads to future bondage, while right view about them
leads to liberation.
150. Nagaravindeyya Sutta: To the
Nagaravindans. The Buddha explains to a group of brahmin
householders what kind of recluses and brahmins should be
151. Pindapataparisuddhi Sutta:
The Purification of Almsfood. The Buddha teaches Sariputta how a
bhikkhu should review himself to make himself worthy of almsfood.
152. Indriyabhavana Sutta: The
Development of the Faculties. The Buddha explains the supreme
development of control over the sense faculties and the arahant's
mastery over his perceptions.