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AN 1.1-1.10:
Sights, etc.

The Supreme Buddha taught that desire is the cause of suffering. What did he say that people desire?

“Monks, I do not see a single sight that obsesses a man’s mind like the sight of a woman. The sight of a woman obsesses a man’s mind.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.1-1.10: Sights, etc.

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AN 1.11-1.20:
Eradicating the Hindrances

What can cause and end the five hindrances?

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to restlessness and remorse like an unsettled mind.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.11-1.20: Eradicating the Hindrances

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AN 1.21-1.30:
Inefficient

The mind can help us or hurt us.

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that, when it is developed, is as beneficial as the mind. A developed mind is very beneficial.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.21-1.30: Inefficient

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AN 1.31-1.40:
Wild

Take care of your mind to take care of your life.

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that, when it’s not tamed, is as harmful as the mind. A wild mind is very harmful.”

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AN 1.41-1.50:
A Spike

The mind even determines our rebirth.

“Monks, this mind is radiant and it is freed from invading negative thoughts.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.41-1.50: A Spike

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AN 1.51–1.60:
Radiant

The mind is radiant.

“Monks, this mind is radiant and it is freed from invading negative thoughts. A noble disciple who understands the Buddha’s teachings realises this.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.51–1.60: Radiant

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AN 1.61–1.70:
Arousing Energy

Good and bad qualities to develop in the mind.

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to unwholesome qualities, or makes wholesome qualities decline, like unwise attention.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.61–1.70: Arousing Energy

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AN 1.71–1.81:
Noble Friends

What is the best thing?

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that gives rise to wholesome qualities, or makes unwholesome qualities decline, like noble friends.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.71–1.81: Noble Friends

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AN 1.82–1.97:
Negligence

Avoid the harmful.

“Monks, I do not see a single thing that is as beneficial as thinking in line with the Dhamma. Thinking in line with the Dhamma is very beneficial.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.82–1.97: Negligence

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AN 1.98–1.139:
Internal Factors

How can the Dhamma last a long time?

“Monks, when thinking about internal factors, I do not see a single thing that is as beneficial as arousing energy. Arousing energy is very beneficial.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.98–1.139: Internal Factors

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AN 1.140–1.149:
Wrong Teaching

Teaching the Dhamma.

“Monks, those monks who explain the Buddha’s teaching as the Buddha’s teaching are acting for the welfare and happiness of the people, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.140–1.149: Wrong Teaching

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AN 1.150–1.169:
Non-Offense

Explaining the Vinaya

“Monks, those monks who explain an offense as an offense are acting for the welfare and happiness of the people, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans.

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AN 1.170–1.187:
One Person

What is the position of the Supreme Buddha in the world.

“Monks, one person is born in the world for the welfare and happiness of the people, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.170–1.187: One Person

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AN 1.188-1.234:
Foremost Monks

Top arahant monks.

“Monks, the foremost of my monk disciples in seniority is Aññākoṇḍañña.”

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AN 1.235–1.247:
Foremost Nuns

Top arahant nuns.

“Monks, among my nuns, the foremost in seniority is Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī.”

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AN 1.248–257:
Foremost Male Lay Disciples

Top male lay disciples.

“Monks, among my male lay disciples who went for refuge in the Triple Gem, the first were the merchants Tapussa and Bhallika.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.248–257: Foremost Male Lay Disciples

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AN 1.258–267:
Foremost Female Lay Disciples

Top female disciples.

“Monks, among my female lay disciples who went for refuge in the Triple Gem, the first was Sujātā Seniyadhītā.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.258–267: Foremost Female Lay Disciples

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AN 1.268–1.295:
Impossible

What can and can't happen in the world.

“Monks, it is impossible, it cannot happen, for a stream entrant to consider any conditioned thing as permanent. But it is possible for an ordinary person to consider any conditioned thing as permanent.”

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AN 1.296–1.377:
One Thing

Some things in life are very powerful.

“Monks, when one thing is developed and cultivated, it leads exclusively to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation, peace, insight, enlightenment, and Nibbana. What one thing? Recollection of the Buddha.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.296–1.377: One Thing

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AN 1.378–393:
Inspirational

It is great to experience some things.

“Monks, this is a great gain: living in the wilderness …

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.378–393: Inspirational

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AN 1.394–1.574:
Finger Snap

Even a small amount of meditation...

“Monks, if a monk develops the first jhāna, even as long as a finger snap, he is called a monk who does not lack meditation…

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.394–1.574: Finger Snap

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AN 1.575–615:
Mindfulness of the Body

The power of mindfulness of the body.

“Monks, when one thing is developed and cultivated, wholesome qualities arise, and once they’ve arisen, they increase and grow. What one thing? Mindfulness of the body.

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AN 1.616–1.627:
The Deathless

Realizing the Deathless.

“Monks, those who don’t enjoy mindfulness of the body don’t enjoy the deathless. Those who enjoy mindfulness of the body enjoy the deathless.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.616–1.627: The Deathless

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AN 4.67 Ahimetta Sutta:
Loving-Kindness towards Royal Tribes of Snakes

Also known as the Khanda Paritta, this teaches us how to practice loving-kindness towards all living beings.

All beings, all living creatures, all beings who have come to birth may good fortune bless them all. May no harm come to them.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 4.67 Ahimetta Sutta: Loving-Kindness towards Royal Tribes of Snakes

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AN 5.235 Anukampa:
A Monk with Compassion

The Supreme Buddha designed the monk life so they could be of benefit to themselves as well as others. This sutta shows the ways that monks can help lay people.

“Monks, a resident monk with five qualities shows compassion to the lay people. What five?

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 5.235 Anukampa: A Monk with Compassion

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  • Can you remember a time when a monk encouraged you to practice virtue? What did they tell you?
  • Have you ever seen monks visit someone who was sick? What kinds of things did the monk teach them?

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AN 7.67 Nagarūpama Sutta:
Well Protected Kingdom

A grand simile to explain the qualities of a noble disciple.

“In the same way, a noble disciple has seven good qualities, and he or she reaches the four stages of concentration.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 7.67 Nagarūpama Sutta: Well Protected Kingdom

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AN 9.2 Meghiya Sutta:
Monk Meghiya

What should we do to prepare the mind for wisdom?

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 9.2 Meghiya Sutta: Monk Meghiya

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The Supreme Buddha said, They should develop the perception of ugliness to give up greed, love to give up hate, mindfulness of breathing to cut off unwanted thinking, and perception of impermanence to uproot the conceit "I am."

What have you done when your mind was overcome with gree, hate, unwanted thinking, and conceit?

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AN 10.46 Sakka Sutta:
To the Sakyans

What are the benefits of living diligently?

“Sakyans, you have this life which is subject to fear, sorrow and death. However, you are negligent in finding the way out. Sometimes you keep the eight precepts, and sometimes you don’t.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 10.46 Sakka Sutta: To the Sakyans

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AN 10.60 Girimānanda Sutta:
Discourse to Girimānanda Thera

The monk Girimānanda listens to a teaching that helps him overcome his illness.

Ānanda, if you go to the monk Girimānanda and explain to him the ten perceptions, it is possible that having heard the ten perceptions, he will be cured of his illness.

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 10.60 Girimānanda Sutta: Discourse to Girimānanda Thera

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AN 11.15 Mettānisaṁsa Sutta:
Discourse on the Benefits of Spreading Loving Kindness

Monks, there are eleven benefits to be expected from the liberation of the heart through the practice of loving-kindness, through the familiarizing with it, through the development of it, through making much of it,…

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 11.15 Mettānisaṁsa Sutta: Discourse on the Benefits of Spreading Loving Kindness

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