tips on reading the Majjhima Nikaya

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kalyana.mitta
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tips on reading the Majjhima Nikaya

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I'm trying to read the whole Majjhima Nikaya during this time. I've started reading a few and I noticed that the first suttas can be very complex. Does anyone have a list of suttas from the Mijjhima Nikaya to read as a beginner, which isn't too complex and deep? Thank you in advance.
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MN 61
MN 19
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MN 61
MN 62
MN 143
MN 10
MN 19
MN 118
MN 21
MN 22
MN 26
MN 37
MN 38
MN 82
MN 86
MN 87
MN 115
MN 135
MN 136
MN 140
MN 148
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When I started studying Buddhism I did not know about Sutta.
So first I read the books written by various monks, especially by Narada.
I think it is easy to read books than reading sutta.
However, do not expect to learn the Sutta by one go.
I have read MN1 countless times.
When your practice improves along with that your Sutta knowledge increase too.
My suggestion is just to keep on reading.
Take whatever you understood in the first reading and leave the rest for the next reading.
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Bhikku Bodhi gave a series of talks where he arranged the suttas in an order:
The talks cover all the major teachings of Early Buddhism, including:
Life of the Buddha
Fundamental Ethics
Meditation and Mind-training
Nature of True Wisdom

https://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic ... ikaya.html
I found those very useful.

And Sharda Rogell's book, Pressing Out Pure Honey, has some useful reflections on each sutta. PDF here: https://www.shardarogell.com/reading-an ... pure-honey

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kalyana.mitta wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:13 am
Does anyone have a list of suttas from the Mijjhima Nikaya to read as a beginner, which isn't too complex and deep? Thank you in advance.
These are the MNs with said "perfect parallels" (namely with commonalities with the other early texts, like the Agamas — you still will have to look for commonalities within particular extracts within each MN — "perfect parallels" are not always totally "perfect" ).

A personal note has been attributed, as far as the interest of the MN is concerned (increasing # »» increasing interest) — with + if it is a major and crucial sutta.

MN 9 (2)
MN 23 (2)
MN 34 (3)
MN 35 (2)
MN 41 (4)
MN 59 (3) +
MN 72 (4)
MN 73 (3)
MN 74 (4)
MN 84 (1)
MN 86 (2)
MN 109 (4) +
MN 118 (4) +
MN 143 (4)
MN 144 (3)
MN 145 (3)
MN 146 (3)
MN 147 (4)
MN 148 (3)
MN 149 (4)
MN 150 (3)
MN 151 (4) +
MN 152 (4) +

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SN 56.37
SN 36.11
SN 36.15
SN 56.11
SN 56.29
SN 56.37
SN 35.102
SN 22.33
SN 47.13
SN 35.238
SN 35.245
SN 22.47
SN 22.81
SN 22.89
SN 46.2
SN 47.8
SN 47.42
SN 48.8
SN 42.8
SN 45.2


are also major suttas with said "perfect parallels" — all of them with a 4+ .
You might want to start with that (in the somewhat given order)

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