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Index of the Suttas of the
Majjhima Nikāya
Book I

Mūla-Paṇṇāsa-Pāḷi — The Root 50

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Index of Sutta Indexes


 

SBB: Sacred Books of the Buddhists, Further Dialogues of the Buddha, Volume I, R. Chalmers, trans. (Suttas 1-76)
pdfFD I

PTS: Pali Text Society Majjhima Nikāya, Volume 1 Suttas 1-76. The Pali Text Society Pali text ed. by V. Trenckner.

BJT: The Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series Majjhima Nikāya, Volume 1 Suttas 1-76.

The Pali text for individual suttas listed below is adapted from the Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series [BJT]. Much, but not all of it is unabridged and has been checked against the Pali Text Society edition, and many of the suttas have been reformatted to include the original Pali (and/or organizational) phrase and sentence breaks.

PTS: Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha, Volume I, I.B. Horner, trans.
pdfMLS Volume I
ATI: Translations by Bhikkhu Thanissaro and others.
PP [Path Press]: Chalmers, Majjhima Nikaya, PDFMN 1 Ñāṇamoḷi PDF for on line viewing. Volume 1 of the Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoḷi 3-volume manuscript used as the basis for the Bhk. Bodhi edited edition. "Manuscript" here means hand written! and his script is no easy thing to read. Note that the PDF file is very large.
WP: Wisdom Publications, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Bhk. Ñāṇamoli translation, edited and revised by Bhk. Bodhi.
MNL: Sutta translations by Sister Upalavanna.
BD: Suttas translated by M. Olds.
PP: (Path Press):

 


1. Mūlapariyāya Vagga

1. Mūlapariyāya Suttaɱ, I.1

The first sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya. Here the Buddha reveals the root concepts of all things.

SBB: Mūla-Pariyāya-Suttaɱ, How States Of Consciousness Originate, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 1
PTS: Discourse on the Synopsis of Fundamentals, Horner, trans., I.3
WP: The Root of All Things, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., I.83
Pali Buddhist Review, Vol.5 #1-2 The first article is the Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli translation. Slightly different than the version edited by Bhk. Bodhi.
PP: The Root of All Ideas, Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli trans. (html formatted; transcribed from his handwritten manuscript by Path Press)
ATI: The Root Sequence Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
BD: The Root of All Evil, Olds, trans.
MNL: Origin and Behaviour of All Thoughts

BD: Mulapariyaya Resources Contents Page
Examining the Mulapariyaya
The Gotamaka Olds, trans.
Mulapariyaya Download Package (the Olds, trans. set up for printing)
PTS: The Gotamaka Woodward, trans.
The Jataka Story Rouse, trans.

2. Sabbāsava Suttaɱ, I.6

The Buddha describes how one who applies his mind studiously to the point is able to rid himself of disrupting influences in seven ways: by seeing them as problems; by self-control, by proper use; by patience; by avoidance; by elimination; and by awakening. Examples of each case are given.

SBB: Sabb-Āsava-Suttaɱ, Coping with Cankers, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 4
BS (Buddhist Suttas): All the Asavas, Rhys Davids, T., trans.
PTS: Discourse on All the Cankers, Horner, trans., I.8
WP: All the Taints, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 91
ATI: All the Fermentations, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: All Desires Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: All the Influences, outline, Olds, trans.

3. Dhamma-Dāyāda Suttaɱ, I.12

The Buddha urges the bhikkhus to become heirs of Dhamma, not of worldly things. By heirs of Dhamma he explains, he means putting the Dhamma into practice as he himself puts it into practice. Sariputta follows up on this exhortation with details. It is by not putting this Dhamma into practice as the Buddha did that senior bhikkhus, middle-ranked bhikkhus and juniors, one and all come to blameworthiness, and it is by putting it into practice in this way that one and all come to praiseworthiness.

SBB: Dhamma-Dāyāda-Suttaɱ, Unworldly Goods, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 9
PTS: Discourse on Heirs of Dhamma, Horner, trans., I.16
MNL: To Inherit the Teaching Sister Upalavanna, trans.
WP: Heirs in Dhamma, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 97

4. Bhaya-Bherava Suttaɱ, I.16

Brahman Janussoni questions the Buddha about the fears and distractedness of mind that arise on living alone in the wilderness. The Buddha explains that for those with corrupt behavior in body, speech and thought; with passionate desires, corrupt at heart, lazy, nervous, doubt-ridden, proud and arrogant, fearful, hungary for fame and gains, weak in energy, confused, without concentration, and weak in wisdom such a life does inspire fear, but for one without these corruptions such a life strengthens one in pursuit of the goal.

SBB: Bhaya-Bherava-Suttaɱ, Of Braving Fears, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 12
PTS: Discourse on Fear and Dread, Horner, trans., I.21
WP: Fear and Dread, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 102
ATI: Fear and Terror, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: Great Fear Sister Upalavanna, trans.

5. Anaŋgaṇa Suttaɱ, I.24

Sariputta and Maha Moggallana engage in a dialogue which points out the advantages of self awareness when it comes to character faults.

SBB: Anangaṇa-Suttaɱ, Of Blemishes, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 18
PTS: Discourse on No Blemishes, Horner, trans., I.31
WP: Without Blemishes, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 108
MNL: Blemishes Sister Upalavanna, trans.

6. Ākankheyya Suttaɱ, I.33

Gotama emphasizes again and again the importance of perfecting ethical behavior, internal tranquillity of heart, not dispising jhana practice, penetrating insight, and the making much of empty places for the gaining of every stage in his system from the very most elementary to the most advanced.

SBE: If He Should Desire, T.W. Rhys Davids, Buddhist Suttas, Volume XI of the Sacred Books of the East,
Buddhism in Translations
MN 6: Ākaṇkheyya-sutta. (Excerpt) Warren, trans.
SBB: Ākankheyya-Suttaɱ, Of Yearnings, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 23
PTS: Discourse on What one may Wish, Horner, trans., I.41
WP: If A Bhikkhu Should Wish, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 115
MNL: If the Bhikkhu Desires Sister Upalavanna, trans.

7. Vatthūpama Suttaɱ, I.36

The Buddha likens a dirty cloth incapable of taking dye to the mind corrupted by greed and covetousness, malevolence, anger, malice, hypocrisy, spite, envy, stinginess, deceit, treachery, obstinacy, impetuosity, arrogance, price and conceit — incapable of attaining a good rebirth. He then likens the cleansing of a dirty piece of cloth that renders it capable of taking dye to the process of cleansing the mind of these corruptions, and he describes this cleansing process.

SBB: Vatthūpama-Suttaɱ, On Fulling, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 26
PTS: Discourse on the Simile of the Cloth, Horner, trans., I.45
WP: The Simile of the Cloth, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 118
ATI: The Simile of the Cloth, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Simile of the Cloth, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

8. Sallekha Suttaɱ, I.40

Maha Cunda approaches the Buddha to ask how to eliminate ideas of 'I' and 'mine'. The Buddha's response is to give him pairs of opposites to be resolved upon, thought of, used as guides to follow, things leading upward and which will scour out ideas of 'I' and 'Mine.'

SBB: Sallekha-Suttaɱ, Of Expunging, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 29
PTS: Discourse on Expunging, Horner, trans., I.51
WP: Effacement, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 123
ATI: The Discourse on Effacement, Nyanaponika Thera, trans.
MNL: Purity, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: Hoeing the Row, Olds, trans.

9. Sammā-Diṭṭhi Suttaɱ, I.46

Sariputta explains the path to attaining of consummate view in thirty two different ways.

SBB: Sammā-Diṭṭhi-Suttaɱ, Right Ideas, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 33
PTS: Discourse on Perfect View, Horner, trans., I.57
WP: Right View, Ñanamoli Thera trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 132
ATI: The Discourse on Right View, Ñanamoli Thera trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., (@ Same as WP link but w/o footnotes)
Right View, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: Right View, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

10. Satipaṭṭhāna Suttaɱ, I.55

The short version of the very famous sutta which gave rise to the mindfulness movement. The Buddha deaches a method for liberation based on minding the body, sense-experience, mental states and the Dhamma.

SBB: Sati-Paṭṭhāna-Suttaɱ, On Mindfulness, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 41
PTS: Discourse on the Applications of Mindfulness, Horner, trans., I.70
WP: The Foundations of Mindfulness, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 145
ATI: Frames of Reference/Foundations of Mindfulness, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
Nyanasatta Thera, trans.
Soma Thera, trans.
MNL: Establishing Mindfulness, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: The Spell of Four Satisfactions, Olds, trans.

BD: Satipatthana Resources Contents Page (Check this page for information on the MahaSatipatthana Suttaɱ, the Digha Nikaya version of this sutta and for resources for researching the technique for putting this sutta into practice)

2. Sīhanāda Vagga

11. Cūḷa-Sīhanāda Suttaɱ, I.63

The Buddha explains the logic behind the difference between the Buddhist proclaiming faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and those of other beliefs proclaiming faith in their teacher, teachings and fellow-believers.

SBB: Cūḷa-Sīhanāda-Suttaɱ, The Short Challenge, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 42
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Lion's Roar, Horner, trans., I.85
WP, ATI: The Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar, Ñanamoli Thera trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 159
MNL: A Minor Lion's Roar, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

12. Mahā Sīhanāda Suttaɱ, I.68

A bhikkhu who left the order is going around saying that there is nothing extraordinary about Gotama or his doctrine. Gotama, hering of this persons opinion replies with a wide-ranging rebuttal listing the wonderous aspects of his awakening and the scope of his knowledge.

SBB: Mahā-Sīhanāda-Suttaɱ, The Long Challenge, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 45
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Lion's Roar, Horner, trans., I.91
WP, ATI: The Greater Discourse on the Lion's Roar, Ñanamoli Thera trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 164
MNL: The Major Lion's Roar, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

13. Mahā Dukkhakkhandha Suttaɱ, I.83

A detailed exposition of what constitutes the pleasure, the danger, and the escape from the five senses, forms, and sense experience.

SBB: Mahā-Dukkha-kkhandha-Suttaɱ, The Longer Story of Ill, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 59
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Stems of Anguish, Horner, trans., I.110
WP: The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 179
ATI: The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Major Mass of Unpleasantness, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

14. Cūḷa Dukkhakkhandha Suttaɱ I.91

Mahanama the Sakkyan, lamenting over his state of confusion with regard to pleasures of the senses, is given a detailed exposition of what constitutes the pleasure and the danger of the five senses, the thing that is binding Mahanama to confusion, and the way the Buddha himself escaped such confusion. The Buddha then describes an encounter with some Jains wherein he defeats their claim that the end of pain is to be got through pain by showing them that they are practicing their painful austerities without any support in knowledge or understanding and concludes with a description of the exceptional pleasure which he is able to attain.

SBB: Cūḷa-Dukkha-kkhandha-Suttaɱ, The Brief Story of Ill, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 66
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Stems of Anguish, Horner, trans., I.119
WP: The Shorter Discourse on the Mass of Suffering, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 186
ATI: The Lesser Discourse on the Mass of Suffering, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Minor Mass of Unpleasantness, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

15. Anumāna Suttaɱ I.95

Maha Moggallana gives the bhikkhus a discourse on self-evaluation.

SBB: Anumāna-Suttaɱ, Reflection, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 69
PTS: Discourse on Measuring in Accordance With, Horner, trans., I.124
WP: Inference, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., I.190
MNL: Self Observation, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

16. Ceto-Khila Suttaɱ, I.101

Five things that are like spikes through the heart.

Buddhist Suttas: Barreness And Bondage, Rhys Davids, T., trans.
SBB: Ceto-Khila-Suttaɱ, The Heart's Fallows and Bondages, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 71
PTS: Discourse on Mental Barrenness, Horner, trans., I.132
WP: The Wilderness in the Heart, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 194
MNL: The Arrow in the Mind, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

17. Vana-Pattha Suttaɱ, I.104

The Buddha gives a dissertation on how to evaluate whether or not a bhikkhu should continue to live in a forest, in a small town, in a city, in a district or dependent on the support of an individual.

SBB: Vana-Pattha Suttaɱ, Ubi Bene, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 74
PTS: Discourse on the Forest Grove, Horner, trans., I.136
WP: Jungle Thickets, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 198
MNL: The Ways of the Forest, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

18. Madhu-Piṇḍika Suttaɱ, I.108

The Buddha cuts off an argumentative questioner by telling him that in his teaching there is no arguing with anyone about anything and by this he is free. In repeating the insident to the bhikkhus he is questioned as to what this teaching is that argues with no one about anything. The Buddha explains in brief that it is by having no interest in the obsessions and perceptions that assail the mind. Then further the bhikkhus ask for a clarification of this of Maha Kaccana, who speaks of the obsessions and perceptions that arise from sense experience.

SBB: Madhu-Piṇḍika Suttaɱ, Honeyed Lore, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 75
PTS: Discourse of the Honey-ball, Horner, trans., I.141
WP: The Honey Ball, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 201
ATI: The Ball of Honey, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Honey Ball, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

19. Dvedhā-Vitakka Suttaɱ, I.114

The Buddha describes a method for categorizing thought which makes it less difficult to supress disadvantageous thoughts, still advantageous thoughts and attain tranquillity of mind.

SBB: Dvedhā-Vitakka Suttaɱ, On Counter-Irritants, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 79
PTS: Discourse on the Twofold Thought, Horner, trans., I.148
ATI: Two Sorts of Thinking, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
WP: Two Kinds of Thought, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 207
MNL: The Twofold Thought Processes, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: Splitting Up Thought, Olds, trans.
MISC: Two Kinds of Thoughts, Ven. Punnaji, trans.

20. Vitakka-Saṇṭhāna Suttaɱ, I.118

The Buddha describes five stands the seeker after higher states of mind can adopt in his effort to eliminate unwanted, degenerate, debilitating thoughts.

SBB: Dvedhā-Vitakka Suttaɱ, On Counter-Irritants, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 82
PTS: Discourse on the Forms of Thought, Horner, trans., I.152
WP: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 211
ATI: The Relaxation of Thoughts, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
The Removal of Distracting Thoughts, Soma Thera, trans.
MNL: The Discursively Thinking Mind, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
MISC: Technique of Calming Thoughts, Ven. Punnaji, trans.

BD: 2500 Years Before Freud outline, discussion

3. Tatiya Vagga

21. Kakacūpama Suttaɱ, I.122

A famous sutta dealing with the idea that the student of this system should not concern himself with worldly matters, even those so close to home as the abuse of nuns; also dealing with the need for patience and endurance when faced with abusive speech ... to be counteracted by training in a heart of friendliness towards one and all.

SBB: Kakacūpama Suttaɱ, The Parable of the Saw, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 85
PTS: Discourse on the Parable of the Saw, Horner, trans., I.159
WP: The Simile of the Saw, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 217
ATI: The Simile of the Saw, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Simile of the Saw, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

22. Alagaddūpama Suttaɱ, I.130

A wide-ranging very famous sutta that begins with a forceful teaching on the dangers of indulgence in sense pleasures. This sutta contains two famous similies: the similie of the snake illustrating how a wrong grasp of the Dhamma is like taking hold of a poisonous snake from the wrong end; and the simile of the raft illustrating how the Dhamma should be used to attain it's ends and then be let go. The sutta concludes with a thorough examination of the way 'not self' should be considered.

SBB: Alagaddūpama Suttaɱ, The Venomous Snake, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 90
PTS: Discourse on the Parable of the Water-snake, Horner, trans., I.167
WP: The Simile of the Snake, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 224
BPS: The Snake Simile Nyanaponika Thera, trans.
ATI: The Water-Snake Simile, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Simile of the Snake, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
Norwegian: Lignelsen om flåten, Lie trans.

BD: The Simile of the Snake discussion
"Not-Self" not "No Self" discussion

23. Vammīka Suttaɱ, I.142

The Buddha explains a riddle which details the process of awakening.

SBB: Vammīka-Suttaɱ, The Smouldering Ant-Hill, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 100
PTS: Discourse on the Anthill, Horner, trans., I.183
WP: The Ant-hill, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 237
BD: The Anthill, Olds, trans.
SWE: nor Liknelsen om myrstacken, Jönhagen, trans.
MNL: The Simile of the Ant Hill, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

24. Ratha-Vinīta Suttaɱ, I.145

The Venerable Sariputta having heard a good report about the Venerable Punna Mantaniputto tracks him down and questions him about attaining Nibbana.

SBB: Ratha-Vinīta-Suttaɱ, On Relays, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 103
PTS: Discourse on the Relays of Chariots, Horner, trans., I.187
ATI: Relay Chariots, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Simile of the Relay of Chariots, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

25. Nivāpa Suttaɱ, I.151

The Buddha provides a complex simile illustrating by way of a herd of deer and a crop of corn set up to trap it the relationship of the arahant to the realm of the senses.

SBB: Nivāpa-Suttaɱ, Gins and Snares, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 108
PTS: Discourse on Crops, Horner, trans., I.194
WP: The Bait, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 246
MNL: The Simile of the Deer Feeder, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

26. Ariya-Pariyesanā Suttaɱ, I.160

The Buddha describes the method of his quest for Nibbana as consisting of avoiding that which was, like himself at that time, subject to change and pain, and seeking only for that which lead to the unborn, the secure from bondage, Nibbana.

Buddhism in Translations: The Summum Bonum, Warren, trans.
SBB: Ariya-Pariyesanā-Suttaɱ, The Noble Quest, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 113
PTS: Discourse on the Ariyan Quest, Horner, trans., I.203
WP: The Noble Search, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 253
ATI: The Noble Search Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Noble Search, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

27. Cūḷa Hatthi-Padopama Suttaɱ, I.175

The Buddha teaches brahman Janussoni a way to confidently come to the conclusion that the Buddha is an awakened one: an instruction that delineates the steps from layman to arahant in great detail.

SBB: Cūḷa Hatthi-Padopama-Suttaɱ, The Short Trail, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 125
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Horner, trans., I.220
WP: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 269
ATI: The Shorter Elephant Footprint Simile, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Minor Discourse of the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

28. Mahā Hatthi-Padopama Suttaɱ I.184

Sariputta teaches the bhikkhus about how the scope of the Four Truths encompasses the Paticca Samuppada by way of focusing on the details of sense-experience to create detachment.

SBB: Mahā Hatthi-Padopama-Suttaɱ, The Long Trail, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 133
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Horner, trans., I.230
WP: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 278
ATI: The Great Elephant Footprint Simile Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Major Disourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

29. Mahā Sāropama Suttaɱ, I.192

The Buddha uses a simile to warn the bhikkhus not to mistake fame, or achievement of ethical culture, or attainment of concentration, or attainment of knowledge and vision for attainment of permanent freedom disconnected from Time, which is the goal of his system.

SBB: Mahā Sāropama-Suttaɱ, Timber: Or Discoveries, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 138
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Pith, Horner, trans., I.238
WP: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 286
MNL: The Major Discourse on Heartwood, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
ATI: The Longer Heartwood-simile Discourse, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
BD: The Core of the Greater Heartwood Sutta. Discussion.

30. Cūḷa Sāropama Suttaɱ, I.198

The Buddha uses a simile to teach brahman Pingalakoccha that in his system one must not mistake fame, or achievement of ethical culture, or attainment of concentration, or attainment of knowledge and vision for attainment of unshakable freedom of heart which is it's goal.

SBB: Cūḷa Sāropama-Suttaɱ, More about Timber, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 143
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Simile of the Pith, Horner, trans., I.245
WP: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 291
MNL: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
ATI: The Shorter Heartwood-simile Discourse, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.

4. Mahā Yamaka Vagga

31. Cūḷa Gosiŋga Suttaɱ, I.205

The Buddha visits the Anuruddhas and learns of their having attained arahantship.

SBB: Cūḷa Gosinga-Suttaɱ, In Gosinga Wood, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 148
PTS: Lesser Discourse in Gosiŋga, Horner, trans., I.257
WP: The Shorter Discourse in Gosinga, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 301
MNL: The Minor Discourse in the Gosinga Forest, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

32. Mahā Gosiŋga Suttaɱ, I.212

A group of the Buddha's great disciples gather together on a beautiful moonlit night in Gosinga Woods with the air perfumed by the Sal Tree blossoms. They each, in turn, describe the sort of bhikkhu they feel would illuminate this woods. Then, unable to descide whose proposition was best, they visit the Buddha to ask his opinion. The Buddha approves all their opinions and adds his own contribution.

SBB: Mahā Gosinga-Suttaɱ, The Shining Light, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 148
PTS: Greater Discourse in Gosiŋga, Horner, trans., I.263
WP: The Greater Discourse in Gosinga, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 307
MNL: The longer Discourse in the Gosinga Forest, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

33. Mahā Gopālaka Suttaɱ, I.220

The Buddha likens eleven skills needed by the skillful cowherd to eleven skills needed by the skillful bhikkhu.

SBB: Mahā Gopālaka-Suttaɱ, Pastoral Duties, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 157
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Cowherd, Horner, trans., I.271
WP: The Greater Discourse on the Cowherd, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 313
ATI: The Greater Cowherd Discourse, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Major Discourse on the Cowherd, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

34. Cūḷa Gopālaka Suttaɱ, I.225

The Buddha likens those seekers who follow a teacher who does not know what he is talking about to a herd of cows lead by a cowherd that sends his herd across a river where there is no ford.

SBB: Cūḷa Gopālaka-Suttaɱ, Pastos, Good and Bad, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 159
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Cowherd, Horner, trans., I.277
WP: The Shorter Discourse on the Cowherd, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 319
MNL: The Minor Discourse on the Cowherd, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

35. Cūḷa Saccaka Suttaɱ, I.227

Saccaka, who has been boasting and bragging that he can defeat the Buddha in debate when he meets him in debate is upset after his first utterance. The Buddha then teaches him Dhamma.

Buddhism in Translations, MN 35 Warren, trans.
SBB: Cūḷa Saccaka-Suttaɱ, Saccaka's Onslaught, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 162
PTS: Lesser Discourse to Saccaka, Horner, trans., I.280
WP: The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 322
MNL: The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
ATI: The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.

36. Mahā Saccaka Suttaɱ, I.237

The Buddha teaches Saccaka about training the body and training the heart.

SBB: Mahā Saccaka-Suttaɱ, Saccaka Again, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 170
PTS: Greater Discourse to Saccaka, Horner, trans., I.291
WP: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 332
ATI: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka, (excerpt), Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Major Discourse to Saccaka, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

37. Cūḷa Taṇhā Saŋkhaya Suttaɱ, I.251

A well-known and much loved sutta. Sakka, Ruler of the Devas, visits the Buddha and asks about the scope of understanding required of one to be able to know he is arahant. The Buddha instructs him, but Maha Moggallana, who was listening, doubts it has sunk in and visits Sakka in the Tavatimsa Realm. There he is put off with frivolities and in order to rouse Sakka to seriousness Maha Moggallana shakes Sakka's palace with his big toe. With his hair standing on end, Sakka gets down to business.

SBB: Cūḷa-Taṇhā-Saŋkhaya-Suttaɱ, Deliverance from Cravings, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 180
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the Destruction of Craving, Horner, trans., I.306
WP: The Shorter Discourse on the Destruction of Craving, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 344
MNL: The Shorter Discourse On the Destruction of Craving, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

38. Mahā Taṇhā Saŋkhaya Suttaɱ, I.256

The well-known sutta in which the Buddha explains the idea that consciousness is a conditioned phenomena and is not the self that transmigrates from one birth to the next.

SBB: Mahā-Taṇhā-Saŋkhaya-Suttaɱ, Consciousness A Process Only, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 183
PTS: Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving, Horner, trans., I.311
WP: The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 349
MNL: The Major Discourse on the Destruction of Craving, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
ATI: The Greater Craving-Destruction Discourse

39. Mahā-Assapura Suttaɱ, I.271

The Buddha gives the bhikkhus a full curiculum for the realization of Nibbana.

SBB: Mahā-Assapura-Suttaɱ, The Ideal Recluse, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 191
PTS: Greater Discourse at Assapura, Horner, trans., I.325
WP: The Greater Discourse at Assapura, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 362
ATI: The Greater Discourse at Assapura, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
PTS/BD: Greater Discourse at Assapura, Olds, excerpt of PTS trans.
MNL: The Longer Discourse in Assapura, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

40. Cūḷa-Assapura Suttaɱ, I.281

The Buddha explains the unreasonableness of such superficial practices as the wearing of robes, going naked, living in filth, ceremonial bathing, living at the root of a tree, eating according to a set regimin, chanting, or wearing matted hair in the hope of ridding one's self of malevolence, wrath, grudge-bearing, hypocracy, spite, jealousy, stingyness, treachery, craftyness, evil desires and wrong views. Then he explains the manner in which practicing friendliness, sympathy, empathy and detachment rids one of those bad characteristics and leads on to attaining arahantship.

SBB: Cūḷa-Assapura-Suttaɱ, The Recluse's Regimen, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 199
PTS: Lesser Discourse at Assapura, Horner, trans., I.334
WP: The Shorter Discourse at Assapura, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 372
MNL: The Shorter Discourse in Assapura, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

5. Cūḷa Yamaka Vagga

41. Sāleyyaka Suttaɱ, I.285

The Buddha explains to the people of Sala how it is that some end up being reborn in Hell and other bad states while others end up being reborn in Heavens and other good states.

SBB: Sāleyyaka-Suttaɱ, Our Weird, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 202
PTS: Discourse to the People of Sālā, Horner, trans., I.343
ATI: The Brahmans of Sala, Ñanamoli Thera, trans.
(Brahmans) of Sala, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Discourse Given at Sālā, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
WP: The Brahmins of Sala, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 379

42. Verañjaka Suttaɱ, I.290

The Buddha, speaking to the householders of Veranja, explains in detail how it comes about that some people go to happy rebirths in the heavens and others end up in hell.

SBB: Verañjaka-Suttaɱ, Our Weird, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 207
PTS: Discourse to the People of Verañjā, Horner, trans., 349
WP: The Brahmins of Verañjā, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 386
MNL: The Discourse to the Householders of Veranjaka, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

43. Mahā Vedalla Suttaɱ, I.292

For the sake of teaching the bhikkhus gathered round, Sariputta and Maha Kotthita engage in a question and answer discussion that goes into subtle points of Dhamma.

SBB: Mahā Vedalla-Suttaɱ, The Long Miscellany, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 207
PTS: Greater Discourse of the Miscellany, Horner, trans., I.350
WP: The greater Series of Questions and Answers, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 387
ATI: The Greater Set of Questions-and-Answers, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Longer Discourse — Questions and Answers, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: Mahavedalla [outline], Olds, trans.

44. Cūḷa Vedalla Suttaɱ, I.299

The lay follower Visakha asks his former wife, the nun Dhammadinna a series of questions concerning Dhamma and receives answers approved of later by the Buddha.

Buddhism in Translations, MN 44. Warren, trans.
SBB: Cūḷa Vedalla-Suttaɱ, The Short Miscellany, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 213
PTS: Lesser Discourse of the Miscellany, Horner, trans., I.360
WP: The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 396
ATI: The Shorter Set of Questions and Answers, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Shorter Discourse on Questions and Answers, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

45. Cūḷa Dhamma-Samādāna Suttaɱ, I.305

Four modes of practicing Dhamma: Pleasureable in the present with painful consequences; painful in the present with painful consequences; painful in the present with pleasurable consequences; and pleasurable in the present with pleasurable consequences.

SBB: Cūḷa Dhamma-Samādāna-Suttaɱ, On Living Up to Professions (1), Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 213
PTS: Lesser Discourse on the (Ways of) undertaking Dhamma, Horner, trans., I.368
WP: The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 405
ATI: The Shorter Discourse on Taking on Practices, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
MNL: The Shorter Discourse on Observances, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

46. Mahā Dhamma-Samādāna Suttaɱ, I.309

Four modes of practicing Dhamma: Pleasureable in the present with painful consequences; painful in the present with painful consequences; painful in the present with pleasurable consequences; and pleasurable in the present with pleasurable consequences.

SBB: Mahā Dhamma-Samādāna-Suttaɱ, On Living Up to Professions (2), Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 219
PTS: Greater Discourse on the (Ways of) Undertaking Dhamma, Horner, trans., I.372
WP: The Greater Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 408
MNL: The Longer Discourse on Observances, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

47. Vīmaɱsaka Suttaɱ I.317

The Buddha goes into detail concerning how one should examine one who claims to have attained the goal.

SBB: Vīmaɱsaka-Suttaɱ, Study of the Truth-Finder, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 227
PTS: Discourse on Inquiring, Horner, trans., I.379
WP: The Inquirer, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 415
MNL: The Examination, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: The Good Example (1), Olds, trans. excerpt adapted from this sutta

48. Kosambiya Suttaɱ, I.320

The Buddha explains how to think to achieve Stream-entry and then describes seven fruits of Stream-entry.

SBB: Kosambiya-Suttaɱ, Amity and Its Root, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 230
PTS: Discourse at Kosambī, Horner, trans., I.383
WP: The Kosambians, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 419
MNL: The Discourse at Kosambi, Sister Upalavanna, trans.
BD: The Good Example (2), Olds, trans. outline

49. Brahmā Nimantanika Suttaɱ, I.326

The Buddha visits Baka Brahma who has come to the belief that he is immortal. The Buddha disabuses him of this idea and demonstrates his authority with an act of psychic power.

SBB: Brahmā Nimantanika-Suttaɱ, Brahmā's Appeal, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 234
PTS: Discourse on a Challenge to a Brahmā, Horner, trans., I.388
ATI: The Brahma Invitation, Bhk. Thanissaro, trans.
WP: The Invitation of a Brahmā, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 424
MNL: An Address to Brahmā, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

50. Māra Tajjaniya Suttaɱ, I.332

Mara tries to upset Maha Moggallana and is told of Maha Moggallana's own experience as Mara attempting to upset bhikkhus where he ends up in Niraya with the body of a man and the head of a fish boiling for many hundreds of thousands of years. The gatha at the end is about as close to an old-time curse as is found in Buddhism.

SBB: Māra Tajjaniya-Suttaɱ, The Rebuke to Māra, Chalmers trans, Vol. I, pg 239
PTS: Discourse on a Rebuke to Mara, Horner, trans., I.395
WP: The Rebuke to Mara, Ñanamoli Thera, trans., Bhk. Bodhi, ed., 431
MNL: Frightening the Evil One, Sister Upalavanna, trans.

 


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