Vakkali wrote: I know that chronological order isn't necessarily important, but I feel like I would get more out of my readings if I had a better sense of their context.
There is no real chronological order that matter in the sense of reading the text. Scholars hold the Sutta-Nipatta, particularly chapter 8, is probably the oldest of the texts. Some of the longer suttas in the Digha and the Majjhima are held by some to be younger.
An interesting book in terms of chronology is Ven Nanamoli's THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
. I would strongly recommend this book. Click on the title and you'll get a detailed description of the book.
Here is chapter 12 of Ven Nanamoli's book:http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh428.pdf
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.