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Digha Nikaya

DN 22 Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta: Long Discourse on the Establishments Of Mindfulness

A complete set of instructions for practicing mindfulness meditation.

“He dwells contemplating the arising of the body, he dwells contemplating the passing away of the body, and he dwells contemplating the arising and passing away of the body.

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Majjhima Nikaya

MN 10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta: Discourse on the Establishments of Mindfulness

A complete set of instructions for practicing mindfulness meditation.

“He dwells contemplating the arising of the body, he dwells contemplating the passing away of the body, and he dwells contemplating the arising and passing away of the body.

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Majjhima Nikaya

MN 141 Saccavibhaṅga Sutta: Discourse on the Analysis of the Noble Truths

Arahant Sariputta explains in detail the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

And what, friends, is the Noble Truth of Suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering; grief, lamentation, bodily pain, mental pain, and despair are suffering; not getting what one desires, that too, is suffering. In brief, the five aggregates of clinging are suffering.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 6.11 Sanaṅkumāra Sutta: The Discourse Given to Brahma Sanaṅkumāra Approving His Verse

Brahma Sanaṅkumāra tells the Buddha a verse of how a sage accomplished in true knowledge and pure conduct is the best among gods and humans.

A sage accomplished in true knowledge and pure conduct is best among gods and humans.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 56.11 Dhamma Cakkappavattana Sutta: Setting In Motion the Wheel of Dhamma

The Supreme Buddha's very first sermon.

Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living in the Deer Park at Isipatana near Bārānasi. Then the Blessed One addressed the group of five monks: Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practised by one who has gone forth from the household life. There is addiction to indulgence in […]

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Khuddakapatha

Khp 5 Mahā Maṅgala Sutta: Discourse on Blessings

The Supreme Buddha teaches a humble devata about ways that we can collect blessings into our lives.

Many deities and humans longing for happiness have pondered on the questions of blessings. Pray, tell me what are the highest blessings?

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Itivuttaka

Itv 24 Aṭṭhipuñja Sutta: The Heap of Bones

The Buddha explains how the bones of a single person, when accumulated in a single eon, would make a huge mountain.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, the bones of a single person, running on and wandering in this journey of rebirths for an eon, would make a heap of bones, a pile of bones as large as this […]

Further Reading:

  • SN 15.3 Another simile using tears to understand the length of saṁsara
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Itivuttaka

Itv 40 Vijjā Sutta: True Knowledge

The monk who gives rise to true knowledge that discards desire, greed, and ignorance abandons all bad destinations

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, ignorance leads to the accumulation of unwholesome qualities. Lack of shame of wrongdoing and lack fear of wrongdoing follow after. Monks, true knowledge (realization of the Four Noble Truths) precedes to the […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 61 Cakkhu Sutta: Eyes

The Buddha explains that there are three eyes. What are the three?

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, there are three eyes. What three? The fleshly eye, the divine eye, and the eye of wisdom. Monks, these are the three eyes.” This is the meaning of what the Blessed One […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 95 Kāmupapatti Sutta: Sense Pleasures

The Buddha explains three sense pleasures that can be obtained and how one must abandon them by understanding reality.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, there are three sense pleasures that may be obtained. What three? Sense pleasures that are always present, sense pleasures of those who delight in creating pleasures (sense pleasures of Nimmānarati gods), and […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 99 Tevijja Sutta: The Triple Knowledge

What does it mean to be a brāhmin?

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, I describe a person as a Brāhmin with Triple Knowledge based on the fact he has achieved the goal of Dhamma. However, I do not describe a person as a Brāhmin just […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 102 Āsavakkhaya Sutta: The Destruction of the Taints

The Buddha explains how knowing and seeing the Four Noble Truths lead to the destruction of taints but not for those who do not know or see.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, for one knowing and seeing, I say there is the destruction of the taints; but not for one not knowing and not seeing. But, monks, for one knowing what, and seeing what, […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 103 Samaṇabrāhmaṇa Sutta: Recluses and Brāhmin

The Buddha explains how true recluses and Brāhmins understand the Four Noble Truths.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, recluses and Brāhmins who do not understand as it actually is, ‘This is suffering; this is the cause of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the path leading to […]

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Sutta Nipata

Snp 2.4 Mahā Maṅgala Sutta: Discourse on Blessings

The Supreme Buddha teaches a humble devata about ways that we can collect blessings into our lives.

Many deities and humans longing for happiness have pondered on the questions of blessings. Pray, tell me what are the highest blessings?