Essential suttas

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Essential suttas

Postby Vakkali » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:13 am

Hey everbody!

I was curious to see lists of whatever suttas you consider to be "indispensable." I'm really curious!

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Re: Essential suttas

Postby Ben » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:09 am

You could start with the Majjhima Nikaya or - try Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's Words, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi - an anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon.
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Re: Essential suttas

Postby cooran » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:24 am

Hello Vakkali,

This might be of assistance:

Befriending the Suttas

The third paragraph of the section called "Which Suttas should I read" lists three Suttas widely regarded as essential reading.

With metta,
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Essential suttas

Postby bodom » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:14 pm

Also see these suttas which i consider to be essential:

Suttas for the Householder

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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Re: Essential suttas

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm

See this previous thread:


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