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    Where to Start with the Tipitaka

    First, I promise that I did a search for this very topic to try to avoid any redundancy, but I didn't find anything this specific.

    I am ready to dive into some "source material" in my study. I want to know where I should start on these suttas. I know Access to Insight has many of them, so it's no trouble finding them. The immensity is intimidating to say the least. Why not just start at the beginning? I was really wanting to look at the ones that you might consider the "highlights" first, if possible. Outside of that, I understand that the first part is really directed toward the monastic life, anyway. I'm nowhere near being a monk.

    Could you suggest a place to dig in? What are some of the more popular suttas?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Pompeii. There are the Nikayas or collections. The Majjhima collection has some of the widest and deepest teachings. It can be a little rough at first but will be clear as daylight. It is recommended to study one sutta as a prequel to each meditation, for the full effect.

    Good luck.

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    hello Pompeii

    the place to start is 1st three sermons of Buddha

    1. Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting Rolling the Wheel of Truth (plus 1a. Analysis of the Path)

    2. Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic

    3. Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

    for laypeople in everyday life, the most comprehensive teachings are:

    4. Maha-mangala Sutta: Blessings

    5. Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala: The Layperson's Code of Discipline

    6. S 55.7 Veludvareyya Sutta The Golden Rule/How to practice the 5 Precepts

    the most widely read collection is:

    7. Dhammapada (Buddharakkhita)

    the above are ample for beginning to study the original teachings of Buddha

    kind regards


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    Thank you very much. I will start on your suggestions very soon.

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    I personally like these from the Samyutta Nikaya

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....025.wlsh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....010.bodh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....002.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....012.nypo.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....015.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....020.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....023.bodh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....044.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....061.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....063.nypo.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....070.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....001.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....003.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....007.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....001.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....048.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....053.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....079.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....081.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....085.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...087x.wlsh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....095.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....099.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....002.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....001.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....009.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....010.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....085.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....101.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....165.wlsh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....055.wlsh.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....019.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....020.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....010.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....008.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....031.than.html
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...-113.than.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompeii View Post
    Thank you very much. I will start on your suggestions very soon.
    You're welcome. Pompeii

    The 1st three sermons contain the totality of Buddha's teachings. Other teachings found in the suttas are extensions of the 1st three sermons. For example, Dependent Origination is a more detailed explanation of the Four Noble Truths. Emptiness is a more emphatic description of Not-Self.

    Kind regards


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    Another list:

    Basic suttas:

    Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/a.../wheel017.html

    Dhammapada
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...ntro.budd.html

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    For laylife:

    Sigalovada Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...31.0.nara.html

    Samajivina Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....055.than.html

    Anana Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....062.than.html

    Maha-mangala Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...2.04.piya.html

    Upajjhatthana Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....057.than.html

    S 55.7 Veludvareyya Sutta The Golden Rule/How to practice the 5 Precepts

    browse through the Anguttara Nikaya
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/index.html

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    Eightfold path:

    Saccavibhanga Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....141.than.html

    Maha-cattarisaka Sutta: The Great Forty
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....117.than.html

    Three characteristics & emptiness:

    Anatta-lakkhana Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....059.mend.html

    Dhamma-niyama Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....134.than.html

    Na Tumhaka Sutta: Not Yours
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....101.than.html

    Suñña Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....085.than.html

    Phena Sutta: Foam
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....095.than.html

    Ani Sutta: The Peg
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....007.than.html

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    Five aggregates:

    Khandha Sutta: Aggregates
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....048.than.html

    Khajjaniya Sutta: Chewed Up
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....079.than.html

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    Sense spheres & dependent origination:

    Madhupindika Sutta: The Ball of Honey
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....018.than.html

    Chachakka Sutta: The Six Sextets
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....148.than.html

    Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....002.than.html

    Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....023.bodh.html

    Kaccayanagotta Sutta [this served as the basis for Nagarjuna's teachings]
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....015.than.html

    Parileyyaka Sutta [clearly explains how the "I" assumption arises in Dependent Origination]
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....081.than.html

    Loka Sutta: The World
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....044.than.html

    Nakulapita Sutta: To Nakulapita
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....001.than.html

    Upaadaaparitassanaa Sutta: Grasping and Worry
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....007.wlsh.html

    Upaya Sutta: Attached
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....053.than.html

    Mahàtanhàsankhaya Sutta
    http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/cpg1...hasankhaya.pdf


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    Meditation:

    Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....019.than.html

    Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The Relaxation of Thoughts
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....020.than.html

    Maha-Rahulovada Sutta: The Greater Exhortation to Rahula
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....062.than.html

    Bhaddekaratta Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....131.than.html

    Anapanasati Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....118.than.html

    Samadhi Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....041.than.html

    Indriya-vibhanga Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....010.than.html

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    Buddha's life:

    Ariyapariyesana Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....026.than.html

    Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....1-6.vaji.html

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    Gradual training:

    Maha-Assapura Sutta
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....039.than.html



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