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

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: Essential suttas

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

See this previous thread:


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