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Sutta Nipata

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Title: Sutta Nipata: The Sutta Collection

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Sutta Nipata

The Sutta Collection

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The Sutta Nipata (“The Sutta Collection”), the fifth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya, consists of 71 short suttas divided into five vaggas (chapters).

A useful printed translation of the complete Sutta Nipata is K.R. Norman's The Group of Discourses (2nd ed.) (Oxford: Pali Text Society, 2001). Excerpts from the Sutta Nipata also appear in Handful of Leaves (Vol. 4), Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans. (Santa Cruz: Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 2003). Another popular (though occasionally inaccurate) translation is H. Saddhatissa's The Sutta-Nipata (London: Curzon Press, 1985). Some of the passages listed below originally appeared in John Ireland's The Discourse Collection: Ausgewählte Texte aus dem Sutta Nipata, (BPS “Wheel” Publication No. 82).

The braces {} contain the corresponding verse numbers in the original Pali text, as listed in H. Saddhatissa's The Sutta-Nipata (London: Curzon Press, 1985).

1. Uragavagga — The Snake Chapter

  • Sn 1.1: Uraga Sutta — The Serpent/The Snake There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1-17} [ Nyanaponika | Thanissaro ].

    One who advances far along the path sheds unwholesome states of mind, as a snake sheds its dried up old skin.

  • Sn 1.2: Dhaniya Sutta — Dhaniya the Cattleman {Sn 18-34} [ Thanissaro ].

    A poetic dialogue contrasting the wealth and security of lay life with the wealth and security of a person who has lived the renunciate life to its culmination. If you have trouble relating to someone like Dhaniya who measures his wealth in cattle, then when reading this poem substitute stocks and bonds for cows and bulls, and economic downturn for rain. [TB]

  • Sn 1.4: Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta — To the Plowing Bharadvaja/Discourse to Bharadvaja, the Farmer There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 76-82} [ Olendzki (excerpt) | Piyadassi | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha answers a farmer who asserts that monks do no useful work, and thus don't deserve to eat.

  • Sn 1.6: Parabhava Sutta — Downfall/Discourse on Downfall There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 91-115} [ Narada | Piyadassi ].

    On the various causes of spiritual decline that the aspirant must avoid.

  • Sn 1.8: Karaniya Metta Sutta — The Buddha's Words on Loving-Kindness/The Hymn of Universal Love/Loving-Kindness/The Discourse on Loving-kindness/Good Will There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 143-152} [ Amaravati | Buddharakkhita | Ñanamoli | Piyadassi | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha's words on cultivating a heart filled with loving-kindness (metta) towards all beings.

  • Sn 1.10: Alavaka Sutta — Discourse to Alavaka/To the Alavaka Yakkha There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 181-192} [ Piyadassi | Thanissaro ].

    A yakkha challenges the Buddha with riddles and threatens to beat him up.

2. Culavagga — The Lesser Chapter

  • Sn 2.1: Ratana Sutta — The Jewel Discourse/Treasures There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 222-238} [ Piyadassi | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha enumerates the many treasures to be found within the Triple Gem.

  • Sn 2.8: Nava Sutta — The Simile of the Boat/A Boat There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 316-323} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    A teacher, like a skilled boatman, is one who knows firsthand how to cross to the opposite shore.

  • Sn 2.9: Kimsila Sutta — Right Conduct/With What Virtue? There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 324-330} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The attitudes and behavior that enable one best to learn and benefit from the Dhamma.

  • Sn 2.10: Utthana Sutta — On Vigilance/Initiative There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 331-334} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    A stirring exhortation to rekindle your efforts. Wake up!

3. Mahavagga — The Great Chapter

  • Sn 3.2: Padhana Sutta — The Great Struggle/Exertion There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 425-449} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The ten armies of Mara approach the Bodhisatta (Buddha-to-be) in an unsuccessful attempt to lure him from his meditation seat.

  • Sn 3.11: Nalaka Sutta — Gurgling Loudly/To Nalaka There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 679-723} [ Olendzki (excerpt) | Thanissaro ].

    A sutta in two parts. The first part gives an account of events soon after the birth of the Bodhisatta (Buddha-to-be). The second part describes the way of the sage.

  • Sn 3.12: Dvayatanupassana Sutta — The Noble One's Happiness/A Teaching Hard to Know/The Contemplation of Dualities There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 724-765} [ Ireland (excerpt) | Olendzki (excerpt) | Thanissaro ].

    Not all dualities are misleading. This sutta teaches ways to contemplate the duality of the origination and cessation of stress and suffering so as to reach Awakening. [TB]

4. Atthaka Vagga — The Octet Chapter

See The Atthaka Vagga — The Octet Chapter: An Introduction, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

  • Sn 4.4: Suddhatthaka Sutta — On Purity/Pure There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 788-795} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    Although freedom is found by means of knowledge and meditation, in ultimate terms it lies beyond both.

  • Sn 4.5: Paramatthaka Sutta — On Views/Supreme There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 796-803} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The conceit that comes from identifying with practices or views — even if they're supreme — is a fetter preventing full freedom.

  • Sn 4.6: Jara Sutta — On Decay/Old Age There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 804-813} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    Life is short. Possessiveness brings grief. Freedom comes from abandoning any sense of mine.

  • Sn 4.11: Kalaha-vivada Sutta — Further Questions/Quarrels & Disputes There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 862-877} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha is questioned on the source of quarrels and disputes, and on the highest level of spiritual attainment.

  • Sn 4.15: Attadanda Sutta — The Training/Arming Oneself/The Rod Embraced There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 935-954} [ Ireland | Olendzki | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha speaks in poignant terms of the samvega that led him to abandon the home life. He concludes with recommendations for practice and a description of the person who has attained the goal of true peace and security.

5. Parayanavagga — The Chapter on the Way to the Far Shore

See The Parayanavagga — The Chapter on the Way to the Far Shore: An Introduction, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

  • Sn 5.1: Ajita-manava-puccha — Ajita's Questions There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1032-1039} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha summarizes the essence of Dhamma training: “Not craving for sensual pleasures, and with a mind that is pure and tranquil.”

  • Sn 5.3: Punnaka-manava-puccha — Punnaka's Questions There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1043-1048} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    The Buddha explains that birth and aging can never be transcended by performing hopeful rituals, but only by extinguishing the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion.

  • Sn 5.4: Mettagu-manava-puccha — Mettagu's Questions There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1049-1060} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    How does one cross the flood of birth and old age, sorrow and grief?

  • Sn 5.15: Mogharaja-manava-puccha — Mogharaja's Question There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1116-1119} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    How should one view the world so as to escape Death's grasp?

  • Sn 5.16: Pingiya-manava-puccha — Pingiya's Question There is more than one translation! Click on the author-link below for the specific one of your choice. {Sn 1120-1123} [ Ireland | Thanissaro ].

    Alarmed by the deterioration of his aging body, Pingiya asks the Buddha how to conquer birth and decay.

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