The third of the major sutta collections, the Saṃyutta Nikāya organizes teachings of the Buddha mostly by topic or theme. The first section lumps together discourses containing verses. The remaining four sections take on philosophical principles and meditative applications.
The teachings in the Saṃyutta Nikāya were aimed at the Buddha’s disciples. While they can be challenging, these teachings are very relevant to serious meditators. Among the topics covered here are: practicing with the aggregates, the senses, factors of enlightenment, the jhanas, and stream entry.
Bhikkhu Bodhi provides a General Introduction, along with an Introduction and Notes each of the five sections, and Concordances, Bibliography, a Pāli-English glossary, and indices.