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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha - Table of Contents

A Translation of the Majjhima Nikāya

CONTENTS

Preface
Introduction
A Summary of the 152 Suttas

Part One: The Root Fifty Discourses (Mūlapaṇṇāsapāḷi)

1. The Division of the Discourse on the Root (Mūlapariyāyavagga)

   1    Mūlapariyāya Sutta: The Root of All Things    

   2    Sabbāsava Sutta: All the Taints    

   3    Dhammadāyāda Sutta: Heirs in Dhamma    

   4    Bhayabherava Sutta: Fear and Dread    

   5    Anangaṇa Sutta: Without Blemishes    

   6    Ākankheyya Sutta: If a Bhikkhu Should Wish    

   7    Vatthūpama Sutta: The Simile of the Cloth   

   8    Sallekha Sutta: Effacement    

   9    Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta: Right View    

  10    Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulness    

2. The Division of the Lion’s Roar (Sīhanādavagga)

  11    Cūḷasīhanāda Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Lion’s Roar    

  12    Mahāsīhanāda Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Lion’s Roar    

  13    Mahādukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering    

  14    Cūḷadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Mass of Suffering    

  15    Anumāna Sutta: Inference    

  16    Cetokhila Sutta: The Wilderness in the Heart    

  17    Vanapattha Sutta: Jungle Thickets    

  18    Madhupiṇḍika Sutta: The Honeyball    

  19    Dvedhāvitakka Sutta: Two Kinds of Thought   

  20    Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts    

3. The Third Division (Tatiyavagga)

  21    Kakacūpama Sutta: The Simile of the Saw    

  22    Alagaddūpama Sutta: The Simile of the Snake    

  23    Vammika Sutta: The Ant-hill    

  24    Rathavinīta Sutta: The Relay Chariots    

  25    Nivāpa Sutta: The Bait    

  26    Ariyapariyesanā Sutta: The Noble Search   

  27    Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint    

  28    Mahāhatthipadopama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint    

  29    Mahāsāropama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood   

  30    Cūḷasāropama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood    

4. The Great Division of Pairs (Mahāyamakavagga)

  31    Cūḷagosinga Sutta: The Shorter Discourse in Gosinga    

  32    Mahāgosinga Sutta: The Greater Discourse in Gosinga    

  33    Mahāgopālaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Cowherd    

  34    Cūḷagopālaka Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Cowherd    

  35    Cūḷasaccaka Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka    

  36    Mahāsaccaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka    

  37    Cūḷataṇhāsankhaya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Destruction of Craving    

  38    Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving   

  39    Mahā-Assapura Sutta: The Greater Discourse at Assapura    

  40    Cūḷa-Assapura Sutta: The Shorter Discourse at Assapura    

5. The Shorter Division of Pairs (Cūḷayamakavagga)

  41    Sāleyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Sālā   

  42    Verañjaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Verañja    

  43    Mahāvedalla Sutta: The Greater Series of Questions and Answers   

  44    Cūḷavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers    

  45    Cūḷadhammasamādāna Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things    

  46    Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things    

  47    Vīmaṁsaka Sutta: The Inquirer    

  48    Kosambiya Sutta: The Kosambians    

  49    Brahmanimantanika Sutta: The Invitation of a Brahmā    

  50    Māratajjanīya Sutta: The Rebuke to Māra    

Part Two: The Middle Fifty Discourses (Majjhimapaṇṇāsapāḷi)

1. The Division on Householders (Gahapativagga)

   51    Kandaraka Sutta: To Kandaraka    

   52    Aṭṭhakanāgara Sutta: The Man from Aṭṭhakanāgara    

   53    Sekha Sutta: The Disciple in Higher Training    

   54    Potaliya Sutta: To Potaliya    

   55    Jīvaka Sutta: To Jīvaka    

   56    Upāli Sutta: To Upāli    

   57    Kukkuravatika Sutta: The Dog-Duty Ascetic    

   58    Abhayarājakumāra Sutta: To Prince Abhaya    

   59    Bahuvedanīya Sutta: The Many Kinds of Feeling   

   60    Apaṇṇaka Sutta: The Incontrovertible Teaching    

2. The Division on Bhikkhus (Bhikkhuvagga)

   61    Ambalaṭṭhikārāhulovāda Sutta: Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā    

   62    Mahārāhulovāda Sutta: The Greater Discourse of Advice to Rāhula    

   63    Cūḷamālunkya Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Mālunkyāputta   

   64    Mahāmālunkya Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Mālunkyāputta    

   65    Bhaddāli Sutta: To Bhaddāli    

   66    Laṭukikopama Sutta: The Simile of the Quail    

   67    Cātumā Sutta: At Cātumā    

   68    Naḷakapāna Sutta: At Naḷakapāna    

   69    Gulissāni Sutta: Gulissāni    

   70    Kīṭāgiri Sutta: At Kīṭāgiri    

3. The Division on Wanderers (Paribbājakavagga)

   71    Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta: To Vacchagotta on the Threefold True Knowledge   

   72    Aggivacchagotta Sutta: To Vacchagotta on Fire   

   73    Mahāvacchagotta Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Vacchagotta    

   74    Dīghanakha Sutta: To Dīghanakha    

   75    Māgandiya Sutta: To Māgandiya    

   76    Sandaka Sutta: To Sandaka    

   77    Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Sakuludāyin    

   78    Samaṇamaṇḍikā Sutta: Samaṇamaṇḍikāputta    

   79    Cūḷasakuludāyi Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Sakuludāyin    

   80    Vekhanassa Sutta: To Vekhanassa   

4. The Division on Kings (Rājavagga)

   81    Ghaṭīkāra Sutta: Ghaṭīkāra the Potter    

   82    Raṭṭhapāla Sutta: On Raṭṭhapāla    

   83    Makhādeva Sutta: King Makhādeva    

   84    Madhurā Sutta: At Madhurā    

   85    Bodhirājakumāra Sutta: To Prince Bodhi    

   86    Angulimāla Sutta: On Angulimāla    

   87    Piyajātika Sutta: Born from Those Who Are Dear   

   88    Bāhitika Sutta: The Cloak    

   89    Dhammacetiya Sutta: Monuments to the Dhamma    

   90    Kaṇṇakatthala Sutta: At Kaṇṇakatthala    

5. The Division on Brahmins (Brāhmaṇavagga)

   91    Brahmāyu Sutta: Brahmāyu    

   92    Sela Sutta: To Sela    

   93    Assalāyana Sutta: To Assalāyana   

   94    Ghoṭamukha Sutta: To Ghoṭamukha   

   95    Cankī Sutta: With Cankī    

   96    Esukārī Sutta: To Esukārī    

   97    Dhānañjāni Sutta: To Dhānañjāni   

   98    Vāseṭṭha Sutta: To Vāseṭṭha    

   99    Subha Sutta: To Subha    

   100 Sangārava Sutta: To Sangārava    

Part Three: The Final Fifty Discourses (Uparipaṇṇāsapāḷi)

1. The Division at Devadaha (Devadahavagga)

   101 Devadaha Sutta: At Devadaha    

   102 Pañcattaya Sutta: The Five and Three    

   103 Kinti Sutta: What Do You Think About Me?    

   104 Sāmagāma Sutta: At Sāmagāma    

   105 Sunakkhatta Sutta: To Sunakkhatta    

   106 Āneñjasappāya Sutta: The Way to the Imperturbable

   107 Gaṇakamoggallāna Sutta: To Gaṇaka Moggallāna    

   108 Gopakamoggallāna Sutta: With Gopaka Moggallāna 

   109 Mahāpuṇṇama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Full-moon Night   

   110 Cūḷapuṇṇama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Full-Moon Night    

2. The Division of One by One (Anupadavagga)

   111 Anupada Sutta: One by One As They Occurred    

   112 Chabbisodhana Sutta: The Sixfold Purity    

   113 Sappurisa Sutta: The True Man    

   114 Sevitabbāsevitabba Sutta: To Be Cultivated and Not to Be Cultivated   

   115 Bahudhātuka Sutta: The Many Kinds of Elements    

   116 Isigili Sutta: Isigili: The Gullet of the Seers    

   117 Mahācattārīsaka Sutta: The Great Forty    

   118 Ānāpānasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing   

   119 Kāyagatāsati Sutta: Mindfulness of the Body    

   120 Sankhārupapatti Sutta: Reappearance by Aspiration   

3. The Division on Voidness (Suññatavagga)

   121 Cūḷasuññata Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Voidness    

   122 Mahāsuññata Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Voidness    

   123 Acchariya-abbhūta Sutta: Wonderful and Marvellous    

   124 Bakkula Sutta: Bakkula    

   125 Dantabhūmi Sutta: The Grade of the Tamed   

   126 Bhūmija Sutta: Bhūmija    

   127 Anuruddha Sutta: Anuruddha    

   128 Upakkilesa Sutta: Imperfections    

   129 Bālapaṇḍita Sutta: Fools and Wise Men   

   130 Devadūta Sutta: The Divine Messengers    

4. The Division of Expositions (Vibhangavagga)

   131 Bhaddekaratta Sutta: A Single Excellent Night    

   132 Ānandabhaddekaratta Sutta: Ānanda and A Single Excellent Night    

   133 Mahākaccānabhaddekaratta Sutta: Mahā Kaccāna and A Single Excellent Night    

   134 Lomasakangiyabhaddekaratta Sutta: Lomasakangiya and A Single Excellent Night    

   135 Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta: The Shorter Exposition of  Action   

   136 Mahākammavibhanga Sutta: The Greater Exposition of Action    

   137 Saḷāyatanavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Sixfold Base    

   138 Uddesavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of a Summary

   139 Araṇavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of Non-conflict

   140 Dhātuvibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Elements    

   141 Saccavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Truths    

   142 Dakkhiṇāvibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of Offerings

5. The Division of the Sixfold Base (Saḷāyatanavagga)

   143 Anāthapiṇḍikovāda Sutta: Advice to Anāthapiṇḍika    

   144 Channovāda Sutta: Advice to Channa 

   145 Puṇṇovāda Sutta: Advice to Puṇṇa    

   146 Nandakovāda Sutta: Advice from Nandaka   

   147 Cūḷarāhulovāda Sutta: The Shorter Discourse of Advice to Rāhula    

   148 Chachakka Sutta: The Six Sets of Six    

   149 Mahāsaḷāyatanika Sutta: The Great Sixfold Base   

   150 Nagaravindeyya Sutta: To the Nagaravindans   

   151 Piṇḍapātapārisuddhi Sutta: The Purification of Almsfood   

   152 Indriyabhāvanā Sutta: The Development of the Faculties    

Bibliography    
List of Abbreviations   
Notes    
Pali-English Glossary   
Index of Subjects    
Index of Proper Names
Index of Similes    
Index of Pali Terms Discussed in Introduction and Notes