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Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby eternityinmind » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:23 pm

:namaste: I wish to start exploring the Sutta Pitaka,but I have no idea which suttas should i begin with and how should i progress after that.I am still a beginner,so i want some of the basic stuff :) Sorry if there is a topic like this already in the forum (I searched,but i didn't find one).
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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby daverupa » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:39 pm

Either or are great ways to begin.

The anthology collects from all the Nikayas, while the Majjhima Nikaya is one among them. These collections are well-balanced introductions to the pertinent themes.

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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:54 pm

It is normal for the order to be kept with,
Digha
Majjhima
Samyutta
Angutara
Khundhaka
but the Majjhima is the best for Beginners and has some good study guides such as


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby Hickersonia » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:58 pm

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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby eternityinmind » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:17 am

Thanks for all the answers.I went to Access to Insight and saw that the Nikayas there are not fully translated.Are there complete translations in paper or online?
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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby santa100 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:51 pm

This one has all DN and MN suttas. They're working on the rest..
http://tipitaka.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby Kare » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:37 pm

It really doesn't matter much which Nikaya you start with. Some people prefer this or that Nikaya, but you have to find out for yourself which one you prefer. So just start reading one of them. In every Nikaya you will find stuff that you feel may be a bit irrelevant for you, and you will find gems that hit you right in the heart. But if you return to the same Nikaya after some years, when your experiences and your life situation is a little different from what it is today, you may find that some of the passages that you felt irrelevant today, have something important to tell you there and then. So just start reading any Nikaya, and enjoy!
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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:54 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Sutta Pitaka starting point

Postby eternityinmind » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:18 am

Those links are exactly what i needed.I think I will start with the Majjhima Nikaya.It will be a long jorney with the Buddha's words.I'm so busy with stuff from life,so it will take me a long time to read all the translated texts from the Sutta Pitaka.I'm sure it will be worth it in the end.
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