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Digha Nikaya

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Title: Digha Nikaya: The Long Discourses

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Digha Nikaya

The Long Discourses

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<p>The Digha Nikaya, or “Collection of Long Discourses” (Pali <i>digha</i> = “long”) is the first division of the Sutta Pitaka, and consists of thirty-four suttas, grouped into three <i>vaggas,</i> or divisions:</p> <ol>

<li>Silakkhandha-vagga — The Division Concerning Morality (13 suttas)</li>

<li>Maha-vagga — The Large Division (10 suttas)</li>

<li>Patika-vagga — The Patika Division (11 suttas)</li> </ol> <p>An excellent modern translation of the complete Digha Nikaya is Maurice Walshe's <i>The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya</i> (formerly titled: <i>Thus Have I Heard)</i> (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1987). A fine anthology of selected suttas is <i>Handful of Leaves</i> (Vol. 1), by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (distributed by the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies).

The translator appears in the square brackets []. The braces {} contain the volume and starting page number in the PTS romanized Pali edition.</p>

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<li><a id=“dn.01.0.bodh” name='dn.01.0.bodh'></a><a id=“dn.01.0.than” name='dn.01.0.than'></a>DN 1: Brahmajāla Sutta<a href=“./dn.01.0.bodh_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi”>— The All-embracing Net of Views</a> | <a class=“zze” href=“./dn.01.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Bhikkhu Thanissaro”>The Brahmā Net</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_I_utf8.html#pts.001" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D i 1</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.01.0.bodh_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi">Ven. Bodhi</a> | <a href="./dn.01.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>In this important sutta, the first in the Tipitaka, the Buddha describes sixty-two philosophical and speculative views concerning the self and the world that were prevalent among spiritual seekers of his day. In rejecting these teachings — many of which thrive to this day — he decisively establishes the parameters of his own. <br />

Bhante Thanissaro: An introductory portrait of the Buddha, dealing both with the minor reasons for which people might praise him—his virtues—and the more subtle and profound reasons for praising him: his comprehension of the difference between right and wrong view, and the release that comes from going beyond both. The Buddha uses right view about kamma and dependent co-arising to analyze 62 instances of wrong view, focusing less on the content of the views and more on the kamma of clinging to them: what actions give rise to them, and the destinations that come from acting on them. His analysis shows that right view, used in this way, is superior because it leads to the highest freedom. [This summary provided by the translator.]

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<li><a id=“dn.02.0.than” name='dn.02.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.02.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 2: Samaññaphala Sutta — The Fruits of the Contemplative Life</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_I_utf8.html#pts.047" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D i 47</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.02.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>King Ajatasattu asks the Buddha, "What are the fruits of the contemplative life, visible in the here and now?" The Buddha replies by painting a comprehensive portrait of the Buddhist path of training, illustrating each stage of the training with vivid similes. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.09.0.than” name='dn.09.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.09.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 9: Potthapada Sutta — About Potthapada</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_I_utf8.html#pts.178" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D i 178</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.09.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>The wandering ascetic Potthapada brings to the Buddha a tangle of questions concerning the nature of perception. The Buddha clears up the matter by reviewing the fundamentals of concentration meditation and showing how it can lead to the ultimate cessation of perception. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.11.0.than” name='dn.11.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.11.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 11: Kevatta (Kevaddha) Sutta — To Kevatta</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_I_utf8.html#pts.211" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D i 211</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.11.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>This discourse explores the role of miracles and conversations with heavenly beings as a possible basis for faith and belief. The Buddha does not deny the reality of such experiences, but he points out that — of all possible miracles — the only reliable one is the miracle of instruction in the proper training of the mind. As for heavenly beings, they are subject to greed, anger, and delusion, and so the information they give — especially with regard to the miracle of instruction — is not necessarily trustworthy. Thus the only valid basis for faith is the instruction that, when followed, brings about the end of one's own mental defilements. The tale that concludes the discourse is one of the finest examples of the early Buddhist sense of humor. <span class='summary_source'>[This summary provided by the translator.]</span> </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.12.0.than” name='dn.12.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.12.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 12: Lohicca Sutta — To Lohicca</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_I_utf8.html#pts.224" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D i 224</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.12.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>A non-Buddhist poses some good questions: If Dhamma is something that one must realize for oneself, then what is the role of a teacher? Are there any teachers who don't deserve some sort of criticism? The Buddha's reply includes a sweeping summary of the entire path of practice. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.15.0.than” name='dn.15.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.15.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 15: Maha-nidana Sutta — The Great Causes Discourse</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_II_utf8.html#pts.055" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D ii 55</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.15.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>One of the most profound discourses in the Pali canon, which gives an extended treatment of the teachings of dependent co-arising (paticca samuppada) and not-self (anatta) in an outlined context of how these teachings function in practice. An explanatory preface is included. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.16.1-6.vaji” name='dn.16.1-6.vaji'></a><a id=“dn.16.5-6.than” name='dn.16.5-6.than'></a><a title=“There are 2 different translations of this sutta. Please choose one by clicking on the name of a translator.”>DN 16: Maha-parinibbana Sutta — Last Days of the Buddha/The Great Discourse on the Total Unbinding</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_II_utf8.html#pts.137" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D ii 137</a>; chapters 5-6}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.16.1-6.vaji_en.html" title="Translated by Sister Vajira &amp; Francis Story">Vajira/Story</a> | <a href="./dn.16.5-6.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (excerpt)">Thanissaro (excerpt)</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>This wide-ranging sutta, the longest one in the Pali canon, describes the events leading up to, during, and immediately following the death and final release <i>(parinibbana)</i> of the Buddha. This colorful narrative contains a wealth of Dhamma teachings, including the Buddha's final instructions that defined how Buddhism would be lived and practiced long after the Buddha's death — even to this day. But this sutta also depicts, in simple language, the poignant human drama that unfolds among the Buddha's many devoted followers around the time of the death of their beloved teacher. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.20.0.piya” name='dn.20.0.piya'></a><a id=“dn.20.0.than” name='dn.20.0.than'></a><a title=“There are 2 different translations of this sutta. Please choose one by clicking on the name of a translator.”>DN 20: Maha-samaya Sutta — The Great Assembly/The Great Meeting</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_II_utf8.html#pts.253" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D ii 253</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.20.0.piya_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Piyadassi Thera">Ven. Piyadassi</a> | <a href="./dn.20.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>A large group of devas pays a visit to the Buddha. This sutta is the closest thing in the Pali canon to a "Who's Who" of the deva worlds, providing useful material for anyone interested in the cosmology of early Buddhism. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.21.2x.than” name='dn.21.2x.than'></a><a href=“./dn.21.2x.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (excerpt)”>DN 21: Sakka-pañha Sutta — Sakka's Questions</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_II_utf8.html#pts.276" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D ii 276</a>; chapter 2}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.21.2x.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (excerpt)">Thanissaro (excerpt)</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>Sakka, the deva-king, asks the Buddha about the sources of conflict, and about the path of practice that can bring it to an end. This discourse ends with a humorous account about Sakka's frustration in trying to learn the Dhamma from other contemplatives. It's hard to find a teacher when you're a king. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.22.0.bpit” name='dn.22.0.bpit'></a><a id=“dn.22.0.than” name='dn.22.0.than'></a><a title=“There are 2 different translations of this sutta. Please choose one by clicking on the name of a translator.”>DN 22: Maha-satipatthana Sutta — The Great Frames of Reference</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_II_utf8.html#pts.290" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D ii 290</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.22.0.bpit_en.html" title="Translated by Burma Pi&#7789;aka Association">Burma Piṭaka Assn.</a> | <a href="./dn.22.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>This sutta offers comprehensive practical instructions on the development of mindfulness in meditation. The Buddha describes how the development of continuous mindfulness of the four <i>satipatthana</i> ("foundations of mindfulness" or "frames of reference") — mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind, and of mind-objects — can lead ultimately to full Awakening. [The text of this sutta is identical to that of the [[en:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.010.than|Satipatthana Sutta]] (MN 10), except that the Majjhima version omits the exposition of the Four Noble Truths (sections 5a,b,c and d in part D of this version).] </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.26.0.than” name='dn.26.0.than'></a><a href=“./dn.26.0.than_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu”>DN 26: Cakkavatti Sutta — The Wheel-turning Emperor</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_III_utf8.html#pts.058" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D iii 58</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.26.0.than_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu">Ven. Thanissaro</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>In this excerpt the Buddha explains how skillful action can result in the best kind of long life, the best kind of beauty, the best kind of happiness, and the best kind of strength. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.31.0.ksw0” name='dn.31.0.ksw0'></a><a id=“dn.31.0.nara” name='dn.31.0.nara'></a><a title=“There are 2 different translations of this sutta. Please choose one by clicking on the name of a translator.”>DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — The Buddha's Advice to Sigalaka/The Discourse to Sigala</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_III_utf8.html#pts.180" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D iii 180</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.31.0.ksw0_en.html" title="Translated by John Kelly, Sue Sawyer, and Victoria Yareham">Kelly/Sawyer/Yareham</a> | <a href="./dn.31.0.nara_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Narada Thera">Ven. Narada</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>The householder's code of discipline, as described by the Buddha to the layman Sigala. This sutta offers valuable practical advice for householders on how to conduct themselves skillfully in their relationships with parents, spouses, children, pupils, teachers, employers, employees, friends, and spiritual mentors so as to bring happiness to all concerned. </div>

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<li><a id=“dn.32.0.piya” name='dn.32.0.piya'></a><a href=“./dn.32.0.piya_en.html” title=“Translated by Ven. Piyadassi Thera”>DN 32: Atanatiya Sutta — Discourse on Atanatiya</a>

<span class='sutta_ref'>{<a href="./../../tipitaka/sltp/DN_III_utf8.html#pts.194" title="Read the Pali source" target='pali'>D iii 194</a>}</span>
<span class='sutta_trans'>[<a href="./dn.32.0.piya_en.html" title="Translated by Ven. Piyadassi Thera">Ven. Piyadassi</a>].</span>
<div class='sutta_summary'>One of the "protective verses" <i>(paritta)</i> that are chanted to this day for ceremonial purposes by Theravada monks and nuns around the world. See Piyadassi Thera's <a href="./../../lib/authors/piyadassi/protection.html"><i>The Book of Protection</i></a>. </div>

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