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- [21 Sept 97] Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (Sevens), added and indexed:
- [15 Sept 97] Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, added and indexed:
- [9 Sept 97] Another batch of suttas from the Samyutta Nikaya, added and indexed: On giving:
On relinquishing attachment to the six senses:
On facing one's own physical pain and death:
- Upasena Sutta (SN 35.69) — Upasena. Ven. Upasena, mortally wounded by a venomous snake, remains perfectly composed as he utters his dying words to Ven. Sariputta, and reveals that he has thoroughly freed himself from any identification with the body.
- Suñña Sutta (SN 35.85) — Empty. The Buddha explains to Ven. Ananda in what way the world is devoid of anything that can rightly be called "self".
- Punna Sutta (SN 35.88) — To Punna. What would you do with your mind while you're being beaten and stabbed? In this sutta the Buddha instructs Punna on abandoning delight in the six senses. The Buddha then quizzes Punna, to see if his patience and self-control are sufficiently developed to dwell in Sunaparanta, a place reknowned for its fierce inhabitants.
- Samadhi Sutta (SN 35.99) — Concentration. The Buddha recommends concentration practice as a way to develop discernment of the inconstancy of the six sense doors.
- Na Tumhaka Sutta (SN 35.101) — Not Yours. Do you usually think of "grass" or "leaves" as being "you"? Of course not. In the same way, the sense of "self" cannot be found anywhere within the realm of the senses.
- Marapasa Sutta (SN 35.115) — Mara's Power. The Buddha explains that once one completely frees oneself from chasing after sense pleasures, one is then finally out of reach of Mara, the embodiment of evil.
- Kamma Sutta (SN 35.145) — Action. The Buddha explains how "old" kamma (the actions we performed in the past) and "new" kamma (the actions we perform in the present) are both experienced in the present.
- Kotthita Sutta (SN 35.191) — To Kotthita. Ven. Sariputta explains to Ven. Maha Kotthita that our problem lies neither in the senses themselves nor in the objects to which the senses cling; rather, suffering comes from the desire and passion that arises in dependence on both.
- Kumma Sutta (SN 35.199) — The Tortoise. If we guard the senses wisely, as a turtle guards against attack by withdrawing into the safety of its shell, we are safely out of Mara's reach.
- Chappana Sutta (SN 35.206) — The Six Animals. The Buddha explains how training one's own mind is like keeping six unruly animals tied together on a leash.
- Patala Sutta (SN 36.4) — The Bottomless Chasm. The Buddha teaches that by meeting intense physical pain with mindfulness, we can spare ourselves from falling headlong into the bottomless pit of anguish and distress.
- Sallatha Sutta (SN 36.6) — The Arrow. When shot by the arrow of physical pain, an unwise person makes matters worse by piling mental anguish on top of it, just as if he had been shot by two arrows. A wise person feels the sting of one arrow alone.
- Gelañña Sutta (SN 36.7) — The Sick Ward. The Buddha visits a sick ward, and offers advice to the monks on how to approach death with mindfulness.
- [3 Sep 97] Buddhist Publication Society has a new website
. The BPS, a major publisher of books on Theravada Buddhism, now has its own website in Sri Lanka. The site includes the current international mail-order catalog of books. If you had any bookmarks pointing to Access to Insight's temporary site for the BPS, you should update them now. The new URL for the BPS is: http://lanka.com/dhamma/bpsframe.html
- [1 Sept 97] Suttas from the Samyutta Nikaya added and indexed: On the Noble Eightfold Path:
On the 7 factors for Awakening:
On the five faculties:
On the four bases of power (Iddhipada)
On physical pain:
A handful of leaves...
- Avijja Sutta (SN 45.1) — Ignorance. The Buddha explains that ignorance is the cause of wrong view, wrong resolve, wrong speech, etc., whereas clear knowing gives rise to right view and all the factors of the eightfold path.
- Upaddha Sutta (SN 45.2) — Half (of the Holy Life). In this famous sutta the Buddha corrects Ananda, pointing out that having "admirable people" as friends is not half but the whole of the holy life.
- Simsapa Sutta (SN 56.31) — The Simsapa Leaves. The Buddha compares the knowledge he gained in his Awakening to all the leaves in the forest, and his teachings to a mere handful of leaves. He then explains why he didn't reveal the remainder.