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- [18 March 1998] Five suttas from the Samyutta Nikaya:
- Rahogata Sutta (SN 36.11) — Alone. The Buddha explains how the practice of jhana leads to progressive stages of cessation and stillness. Only when the defilements are finally extinguished, however, is true peace and stillness achieved.
- Isidatta Sutta (SN 41.3) — About Isidatta. What is the origin of self-view? The touching story of Ven. Isidatta, a wise young forest monk, who declines his elders' invitation to become a Dhamma teacher, and instead quietly slips off into the forest and disappears.
- Gilana Sutta (SN 41.10) — Sick (Citta the Householder's Last Hours). Citta, on his deathbed, delivers an inspiring teaching on generosity to his friends, his family, and a gathering of devas.
- Talaputa Sutta (SN 42.2) — Talaputa the Actor. Comedians and actors take heed: making people laugh may not always be a particularly commendable occupation, as Talaputa learns.
- Yodhajiva Sutta (SN 42.3) — To Yodhajiva (The Warrior). The Buddha cautions a soldier against expecting a favorable rebirth because of his battlefield heroics.
- [16 March 1998] Three Suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya:
- Sammaditthi Sutta (MN 9) — The Discourse on Right View [Ñanamoli Thera & Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans.]. A long and important discourse by Ven. Sariputta, with separate sections on the wholesome and the unwholesome, nutriment, the Four Noble Truths, the twelve factors of dependent origination, and the taints.
- Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (MN 63) — The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya. Ven. Malunkyaputta threatens to disrobe unless the Buddha answers all his speculative metaphysical questions. Using the famous simile of a man shot by a poison arrow, the Buddha reminds him that some questions are simply not worth asking.
- Piyajatika Sutta (MN 87) — From One Who Is Dear. King Pasenadi of Kosala figures prominently in many discourses as a devout follower of the Buddha. In this discourse we learn how — thanks to Queen Mallika's astuteness — the king first became favorably disposed toward the Buddha.
- [12 Mar 1998] Another batch from the Samyutta Nikaya... Why abandon desire?
Where can true solitude be found?
This precious human birth...
- Migajala Sutta (SN 35.63) — To Migajala. Why is true solitude so hard to find? The Buddha explains why, no matter where you go, some of your most annoying companions always seem to be tagging along.
- [3 Mar 1998] Another handful from the Samyutta Nikaya:
- [1 Mar 1998] A little reorganization... Now that the listings of meditation groups and Dhamma centers have moved to DharmaNet
, I've reorganized the website a little bit:
If you come across any bad links or other errors as a result of this reorganization, please let me know.
- The "subtitle" of this site is now "Readings in Theravada Buddhism," in keeping with Access to Insight's renewed focus on serving as a library of Theravada texts, especially translations from the Pali canon.
- The "Gateways to Practice" and "Gateways to Study" pages have been consolidated into one page: "Other Theravada Sources." This is where you can learn where to find meditation practice groups, books, Pali language materials, etc., primarily from other websites.