Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by lucky-2012 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:32 am

Sekha wrote:It would be useful for me if you could list the 5 or 10 suttas that you consider as the most useful/important, or simply the first ones that come to your mind

thank you
Hi Sekha

Here's a list of my bookmarked suttas - i.e. ones which struck / strike a chord...

Anapanasati Sutta
Attadanda Sutta
Chachakka Sutta
Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
Kannakatthala Sutta
Karaniya Metta Sutta
Kayagata-sata Sutta
Kitagiri Sutta
Magga-vibhanga Sutta
Maha-satipatthana Sutta
Piya Sutta
Ratana Sutta
Sigalovada Sutta

...but my list is growing fast.

At some point I plan to organise these somehow.

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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by villkorkarma » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:40 pm

thank you all for this thread, i couldnt ask for somehing happier :)
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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:44 am

A Table of the Wings to Awakening
I. The Seven Sets

The Four Frames of Reference (satipaṭṭhāna)

Remaining focused on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.
Remaining focused on feelings in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.
Remaining focused on the mind in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.
Remaining focused on [doctrines] in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.

The Four Right Exertions (sammappadhāna)

Generating desire, endeavoring, arousing persistence, upholding & exerting one's intent for the sake of the non-arising of evil, unskillful qualities that have not yet arisen.
Generating desire, endeavoring, arousing persistence, upholding & exerting one's intent for the sake of the abandoning of evil, unskillful qualities that have arisen.
Generating desire, endeavoring, arousing persistence, upholding & exerting one's intent for the sake of the arising of skillful qualities that have not yet arisen.
Generating desire, endeavoring, arousing persistence, upholding & exerting one's intent for the maintenance, non-confusion, increase, plenitude, development, & culmination of skillful qualities that have arisen.

The Four Bases of Power (iddhipāda)

Developing the base of power endowed with concentration founded on desire & the fabrications of exertion.
Developing the base of power endowed with concentration founded on persistence & the fabrications of exertion.
Developing the base of power endowed with concentration founded on intent & the fabrications of exertion.
Developing the base of power endowed with concentration founded on discrimination & the fabrications of exertion.

The Five Faculties (indrīya)

The faculty of conviction (saddhindrīya).
The faculty of persistence (viriyindrīya).
The faculty of mindfulness (satindrīya).
The faculty of concentration (samādhindrīya).
The faculty of discernment (paññindrīya).

The Five Strengths (bala)

The strength of conviction (saddhā-bala).
The strength of persistence (viriya-bala).
The strength of mindfulness (sati-bala).
The strength of concentration (samādhi-bala).
The strength of discernment (paññā-bala).

The Seven Factors for Awakening (bojjhaṅga)

Mindfulness as a factor for Awakening (sati-sambojjhaṅga).
Analysis of qualities as a factor for Awakening (dhamma-vicaya-sambojjhaṅga).
Persistence as a factor for Awakening (viriya-sambojjhaṅga).
Rapture as a factor for Awakening (pīti-sambojjhaṅga).
Serenity as a factor for Awakening (passaddhi-sambojjhaṅga).
Concentration as a factor for Awakening (samādhi-sambojjhaṅga).
Equanimity as a factor for Awakening (upekkhā-sambojjhaṅga).

The Noble Eightfold Path (ariya-magga)

Right view (sammā-diṭṭhi).
Right resolve (sammā-saṅkappa).
Right speech (sammā-vācā).
Right action (sammā-kammanta).
Right livelihood (sammā-ājīva).
Right effort (sammā-vāyāma).
Right mindfulness (sammā-sati).
Right concentration (sammā-samādhi).

II. The Factors of the Seven Sets classed under the Five Faculties
Conviction Right Speech (Eightfold Path)
Right Action (Eightfold Path)
Right Livelihood (Eightfold Path)
Desire (Bases of Power)

Persistence Right Effort (Eightfold Path)
Four Right Exertions
Persistence (Bases of Power)
Persistence (Factors for Awakening)

Mindfulness Four Frames of Reference
Right Mindfulness (Eightfold Path)
Intent (Bases of Power)
Mindfulness (Factors for Awakening)

Concentration Four Bases for Power
Right Concentration (Eightfold Path)
Rapture (Factors for Awakening)
Serenity (Factors for Awakening)
Concentration (Factors for Awakening)
Equanimity (Factors for Awakening)

Discernment Right View (Eightfold Path)
Right Aspiration (Eightfold Path)
Analysis of Qualities (Factors for Awakening)
Discrimination (Bases of Power)
Equanimity (Factors for Awakening)
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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by rightviewftw » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:11 pm

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=29180&sid=82b98f61 ... 20#p422618
here is a post a made with a list
I would also include Angulimalla Paritta and a few more ie
Sappurisa Sutta: A Person of Integrity https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
Hard to pick but the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta is the most important one imo.
How to meditate: Anapanasati, Satipatthana.
Intro to General Semantics
Factors & Perceptions

Parallel Dhammapada Reading
Chinese to Eng Dhp
"The statements; 'With the remainderless stopping & fading of the six contact-media is it the case that there is anything else?' '.. is it the case that there is not anything else .. is it the case that there both is & is not anything else .. is it the case that there neither is nor is not anything else?' objectify non-objectification. However far the six contact-media go, that is how far objectification goes."

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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:33 pm

^ 'how to become enlightened in seven days: a self-help guide' https://suttacentral.net/en/dn22

the suttas are all good. all conducive to release, to be treasured
"Just as the ocean has a single taste — that of salt — in the same way, this Dhamma-Vinaya has a single taste: that of release."
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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by LuisR » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:20 pm

Now that we know the Satipatthana sutta is a forgery whould we stick to the anapanasati sutta?

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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by form » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:58 am

LuisR wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:20 pm
Now that we know the Satipatthana sutta is a forgery whould we stick to the anapanasati sutta?
Really? What is the evidence?

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Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Post by DooDoot » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:27 am

SN 56.11, SN 22.59 & SN 35.28 (1st three sermons of the Buddha)
MN 61, SN 55.7, DN 31, AN 2.9, AN 4.53 & SN 35.127 (basic morality)
SN 45.8, SN 48.10 & AN 11.2 (details of the path)
MN 19, MN 20 & MN 131 (preparing for meditation)
MN 117 & MN 118 (higher understanding of path/teachings and meditation)
MN 62 & MN 115 (elements)
MN 9, MN 37 & MN 38 (dependent origination)
SN 12.12 & SN 12.17 (subtle matters of dependent origination integrating not-self)
SN 41.6, MN 44 & MN 43 (miscellaneous stuff; including definitions)
MN 148 & MN 149 (sense bases)
AN 3.136 and SN 12.20 (dhamma as natural law)
MN 26, MN 29 & 30 & SN 12.70 (goals of spiritual life)
SN 22.1, SN 22.3, SN 22.48, SN 22.79, SN 22.81 & SN 22.85 (clarifying suttas of basic principles)
SN 35.101, SN 35.85 & SN 22.95 (not-self;emptiness)
SN 22.99, SN 23.2 & SN 5.10 (nature of being)
SN 56.47 & SN 56.102-113 (realms)
AN 5.57, AN 6.20 & AN 8.6 (ending of life)
MN 22 & MN 54 (sensuality)
SN 56.31 & AN 3.61 (what Buddha teaches)
Iti 44 & Iti 49 (Nibbana and eternalism vs annihilationsim)
SN 6.15 & DN 16 (passing of Buddha)

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