This volume makes an excellent introduction into reading the suttas. More compact than the four volumes so far published of the Nikāyas, this anthology also features a helpful introductory essay and a thematic organization: I. The Human Condition II. The Bringer of Light III. Approaching the Dhamma IV. The Happiness Visible in this Present Life … Continue reading In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology, by Bhikkhu Bodhi→
The Udāna is the third book of the Khuddaka Nikaya. Each of its eighty short suttas ends in a short verse uttered by the Buddha. The suttas are arranged into eight chapters or vaggas. The Itivuttaka is composed of 112 short discourses, each beginning and ending with a statement that the words are those of … Continue reading The Udana and the Itivuttaka, translated by John D. Ireland→
The Saṃyutta Nikāya organizes teachings of the Buddha mostly by topic. After a first section of discourses containing verses, the remaining four sections take on philosophical principles and meditative applications. Causation, practicing with the aggregates, the senses, the factors of enlightenment, the jhanas, and stream entry are included.
One of the early Pāli sutta collections, the Aṅguttara Nikāya presents the Buddha’s teachings (arranged numerically) on a wide array of topics including family life, livelihood, friendship, getting along in community, growth in wisdom, training the mind, and techniques of meditation.