A good start to reading the sutta's

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A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby greeneggsandsam » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:59 am

Hi all,

I am interested in reading some of the original sutta's and wondering where a good place to look would be?

I am new to all this so forgive me if I make any silly mistakes... :)

As I understand the Pali Canon is split up into different books/sections?

I am looking for a translation also, I can't read Pali!!!

I found this, what do you think?

http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Transl ... pd_sim_b_7

Again I have never read any of the original (translated) texts, so where do beginners usually start?

On a side note - I know they have most of the sutta's online, but I am not a big fan of reading too much material online, it makes my eyes hurt :shock:

Thanks!!
If you think nibbana is better than samsara, then you've missed the point - Ajahn Sumedho

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby culaavuso » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:03 am

In the Buddha's Words contains a number of discourses from the Pali Canon translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and organized helpfully in a format matching the general outline of the gradual training given in the suttas themselves.

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:23 am

Befriending the Suttas: Tips on Reading the Pali Discourses

"Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.' That's how you should train yourselves."

— SN 20.7

The Pali canon contains many thousands of suttas (discourses), of which more than one thousand are now available in English translation here at Access to Insight. When faced with such a vast store of riches, three questions naturally spring to mind: Why should I read the suttas? Which ones should I read? How should I read them?

There are no simple cookie-cutter answers to these questions; the best answers will be the ones you discover on your own. Nevertheless, I offer here a few ideas, suggestions, and tips that I've found to be helpful over the years in my own exploration of the suttas. Perhaps you'll find some of them helpful, too.


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/befriending.html

:anjali:
In sitting meditation stay with that ‘which knows’ everything. Don’t try to go to objects. Let the objects come to you. Try not to react to objects. Whatever arises — greed, aversion, pain, itchiness, metta, likes or dislikes etc. — watch with equanimity, without getting involved, without clinging to it. Stay in the middle path.- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby greeneggsandsam » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:57 am

Thanks for the replies, exactly the answer I was looking for.

:anjali:
If you think nibbana is better than samsara, then you've missed the point - Ajahn Sumedho

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby Mkoll » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:08 am

culaavuso wrote:In the Buddha's Words contains a number of discourses from the Pali Canon translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and organized helpfully in a format matching the general outline of the gradual training given in the suttas themselves.

:thumbsup:

I second this. It's a great introduction!

:anjali:
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi


Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world; by non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.
-Dhp 5

sabbe sattā sukhi hontu :smile:

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby LinLin64 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:45 pm

Another thumbs up here. In the Buddha's Words is a fabulous resource.

:thumbsup:

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:58 am

culaavuso wrote:In the Buddha's Words contains a number of discourses from the Pali Canon translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and organized helpfully in a format matching the general outline of the gradual training given in the suttas themselves.



Fourth'd :thumbsup:



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Metta

greeneggsandsam
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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby greeneggsandsam » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:05 am

Well it looks like I know what my next book will be!!

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If you think nibbana is better than samsara, then you've missed the point - Ajahn Sumedho

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Re: A good start to reading the sutta's

Postby Ananda26 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:15 pm

greeneggsandsam wrote:Hi all,

I am interested in reading some of the original sutta's and wondering where a good place to look would be?

I am new to all this so forgive me if I make any silly mistakes... :)

As I understand the Pali Canon is split up into different books/sections?

I am looking for a translation also, I can't read Pali!!!

I found this, what do you think?

http://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Transl ... pd_sim_b_7

Again I have never read any of the original (translated) texts, so where do beginners usually start?

On a side note - I know they have most of the sutta's online, but I am not a big fan of reading too much material online, it makes my eyes hurt :shock:

Thanks!!



Long Discourses of the Buddha, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, Connected Discourses of the Buddha. These 3 have been published by Wisdom Publication.

Numerical Discourses of the Buddha published Pali Text Society and distributed in America by Pavaratti Bookstore in Washington State.

Sutta Nipata, Udana, Ittukvitaka, Theragathas, Therigathas.


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