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Important Suttas

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:27 am

Could someone tell me what suttas are most important when studying Buddhism?
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Re: Important Suttas

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:07 am

Greetings,

Future Bhikkhu wrote:Could someone tell me what suttas are most important when studying Buddhism?

There's no definitive agreement on the relative value of each sutta, though some are invariably referenced more than others.

Are you just deliving into the suttas for the first time? If so, there's some good sutta compilations around (though I won't go into details if this wasn't the purpose of your query).

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Re: Important Suttas

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:15 am

I havn't really read any suttas and was just wondering what ones would be most beneficial to read first.
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Re: Important Suttas

Postby Hanzze » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:31 am

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Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Important Suttas

Postby Future Bhikkhu » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:43 am

Thankyou for your effort

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Re: Important Suttas

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:48 am

This maybe a good place to start:

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

and

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Bodhi

which for its size is very inexpensive and worth the time spent with it.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Re: Important Suttas

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:36 am

Hi Future bhikkhu,

I think these are important suttas:

Dhammachakka sutta
Maha-Satipatthana sutta
Vitakkasantana sutta

A few good books to fill in the details:
Beyond Mindfulness in plain english -bhanthe Gunarstane

Practical Advice for Meditators -Bhikkhu Khantipalo book 
http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Prac ... Khantipalo

I hope this will be helpful for in your aspirations!

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