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[17 Nov 97] Two new translations from the Majjhima Nikaya, added and indexed:
Abhaya Sutta (MN 58) — To Prince Abhaya (On Right Speech). The Buddha explains the criteria for determining whether or not something is worth saying. This discourse is a beautiful example of the Buddha's skill as teacher: not only does he speak about right speech, but he also shows right speech in action.
Ratthapala Sutta (MN 82) — About Ratthapala(excerpt). In this excerpt, Ratthapala recalls four observations about the world that prompted him, as a healthy and wealthy young man, to leave the household life and become a monk.
Two remarkable stories from the Mahavagga (of the Vinaya Pitaka):
Kucchivikara-vatthu (Mv 8.26.1-8) — The Monk with Dysentery. In this touching story the Buddha comes across a desperately ill monk who had been utterly neglected by his companions. The Buddha leaps to his aid, and offers a teaching on those qualities that make patients easy (or difficult) to tend to and those that make caregivers fit (or unfit) to tend to their patients.
Sutta Nipata, Chapter V. In these sixteen short suttas, newly translated by Ven. Thanissaro, various brahman ascetics present the Buddha with their most pressing Dhamma questions. In these lovely verses the Buddha distills some of his most profound teachings into simple and eloquent language.
[11 Nov 97] Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, added and indexed:
[8 Nov 97] Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (Nines), added and indexed:
Nibbana Sutta (AN 9.34) — Unbinding. Ven. Sariputta explains to Ven. Udayin how even the most exquisitely refined and beautiful mental states are beset with dukkha; only Nibbana itself can truly be called "pleasant".
Gavi Sutta (AN 9.35) — The Cow. The Buddha explains that if you try to move on to the next level of concentration before you've mastered the last, you're sure to stumble, like a foolish cow on a steep hill.