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Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby sattva » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:09 am

I am interested in knowing what members consider to be the top 5 or 10 suttas that a person should study and why. I am especially interested in teachers' opinions.

I have problems with internet service, so forgive me if i don't respond to your replies right away,

Thank you in advance :anjali:

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:18 am

sattva wrote:I am interested in knowing what members consider to be the top 5 or 10 suttas that a person should study and why. I am especially interested in teachers' opinions.

I have problems with internet service, so forgive me if i don't respond to your replies right away,

Thank you in advance :anjali:


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nypo.html : Alagaddupama Sutta: The Snake Simile
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Ud 1.10 PTS: Ud 6
Bahiya Sutta: About Bahiya
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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Kare » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:37 am

sattva wrote:I am interested in knowing what members consider to be the top 5 or 10 suttas that a person should study and why. I am especially interested in teachers' opinions.

I have problems with internet service, so forgive me if i don't respond to your replies right away,

Thank you in advance :anjali:


1. Mahasatipatthanasutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

2. Mahasatipatthanasutta - Look for other translations!

3. Mahasatipatthanasutta - in the original Pali: http://www.tipitaka.org/romn/

4. etc. .... Any other text from the Tipitaka.
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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Paññāsikhara » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:33 am

sattva wrote:I am interested in knowing what members consider to be the top 5 or 10 suttas that a person should study and why. I am especially interested in teachers' opinions.

I have problems with internet service, so forgive me if i don't respond to your replies right away,

Thank you in advance :anjali:


Dhamma is taught for the person, in accordance with that person's mental composition, their aptitude, and so forth. There are few, if any, suttas or teachings in general that I recommend to everyone. Rather, I try to see who that person is, what their problems are, and so forth, before indicating a teaching suitable for them.

It is possibly risky to point out a number of suttas as if they were somehow superior for the entirety of people. Those which are presently most "popular" in English may just reflect the general type of attitude of English speaking Buddhists at present. Over time, this will change, as the Dhamma constitutes a different role in western society.
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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:36 am

Paññāsikhara wrote:
sattva wrote:
It is possibly risky to point out a number of suttas as if they were somehow superior for the entirety of people. Those which are presently most "popular" in English may just reflect the general type of attitude of English speaking Buddhists at present. Over time, this will change, as the Dhamma constitutes a different role in western society.
I just took it as what-are-your-favorites sort of thing.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:48 pm

There are too many good ones, but here are some of my favorites:

Anguttara Nikaya 3.65 The Kalama Sutta
Digha Nikaya 1 Brahmajala Sutta
Digha Nikaya 16 Mahaparinibbana Sutta
Digha Nikaya 27 Aggañña Sutta
Majjhima Nikaya 10 Mahasatipatthana Sutta
KN: Sutta Nipata 2.14 Dhammika Sutta
KN: Sutta Nipata 1.8 Metta Sutta
Samyutta Nikaya 56.11 Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 3.16
Anguttara Nikaya 9.35 Gavi Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 9.36 Jhana Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 4.10 Yoga Sutta
Angutara Nikaya 11.12 Mahanama Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 2.25 Neyyatha Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 3.62 Bhaya Sutta
Anguttara Nikaya 10.13 Sanyojana Sutta

You might notice a pattern; yes the Anguttara Nikaya is my favorite Nikaya.

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby bodom » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:56 pm

David N. Snyder wrote: You might notice a pattern; yes the Anguttara Nikaya is my favorite Nikaya.


Cant wait for Bodhi's!

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby sattva » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:51 am

Thanks to those who replied :anjali:

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Tex » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:47 pm

In addition to those above, I'd add the Upanisa Sutta.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby bodom » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:51 pm

I recommend Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words as it contains a pretty comprehensive anthology of some of the most important suttas found in the Sutta Pitaka.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Zom » Wed May 05, 2010 3:14 pm

I would recommend this before choosing any suttas =)

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... nding.html

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Khemadhammo Bhikkhu » Thu May 06, 2010 10:17 am

Cant wait for Bodhi's!


I wasn't aware Bhikkhu Bodhi was working on a new translation of the Aṅguttara Nikāya. I do know he translated an anthology of the Aṅguttara, for which he used the translation notes of the late Ñāṇaponika Thera. Do you have any more information on that?

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 06, 2010 10:19 am

Greetings bhante,

The last update I heard (which was a few months ago) was that it was in the "editing" stage.

I wouldn't expect to see it still for at least 12-18 months.

But yes, it will be a full version.

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Re: Top 5 or 10 Suttas

Postby Khemadhammo Bhikkhu » Thu May 06, 2010 1:54 pm

Sadhu!
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