Essential suttas

A forum for beginners and members of other Buddhist traditions to ask questions about Theravāda (The Way of the Elders). Responses require moderator approval before they are visible.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:52 am
Location: Cincinnati

Essential suttas

Post by Vakkali » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:13 am

Hey everbody!

I was curious to see lists of whatever suttas you consider to be "indispensable." I'm really curious!

User avatar
Posts: 18442
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: kanamaluka

Re: Essential suttas

Post by Ben » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:09 am

You could start with the Majjhima Nikaya or - try Bhikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's Words, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi - an anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon.
All the best,

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR


User avatar
Posts: 8502
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: Essential suttas

Post by cooran » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:24 am

Hello Vakkali,

This might be of assistance:

Befriending the Suttas

The third paragraph of the section called "Which Suttas should I read" lists three Suttas widely regarded as essential reading.

With metta,
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

User avatar
Posts: 5808
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Essential suttas

Post by bodom » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:14 pm

Also see these suttas which i consider to be essential:

Suttas for the Householder

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 10746
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Essential suttas

Post by DNS » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 14 guests