I'm really new to this, and you all have me to interested. What exactly is the Anguttara? I see the abbreviations AN and SN everywhere. Can someone fill me in on what they are?
The Anguttara is one of five Nikayas, or groups of suttas. Suttas are the vague equivalent of sermons. The five Nikayas are the Dingha, Majjhima, Samyutta (that's the SN you see around), Anguttara (AN), and Khuddaka.
Each Nikaya is between a thousand and four thousand pages long and contain hundreds of suttas.
The Nikayas are written in Pali, which is the ancient language in which the Buddha's teachings were first written.
Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American monk who is currently trying to translate the entire Suttapitika (literally "basket of suttas," referring to the entire collection of the Buddha's sermons) into English; he's already done the Majjhima, and Samyutta and we are all excited for the Anguttara to come out soon!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti SuttaStuff I write about things.