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Favourite Samyutta

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Hi fellow dhamma-farers,
What is your favourite Samyutta and why? What are some of your favourite passages?
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My favourite Samyutta are:

* SN 56.11 - 1st sermon of Buddha explaining what suffering is and how to end it
* SN 22.59 - 2nd sermon of Buddha explaining the three characteristics which end craving & suffering
* SN 35.85 - defines what emptiness means
* SN 20.7 - says the core teachings of the Tathagata are about emptiness
* SN 12.2 - explains the dependent arising of suffering in more detail
* SN 23.2 - defines what 'a being' is; which is required to understand what 'birth' is in SN 12.2
* SN 5.10 - defines what 'a being' is; which is required to understand what 'birth' is in SN 12.2
* SN 22.79 - the only sutta explaining what recollecting past abodes means
* SN 12.12 - subtle explanation of dependent origination about it is not a 'self' that feels, craves, etc
* SN 12.17 - subtle explanation of dependent origination about it is not a 'self' that creates suffering
* SN 12.23 - shows dependent origination is not about reincarnation
* SN 12.44 - shows dependent cessation is not about having no sense experience
* SN 12.62 - explains the mind is more impermanent than the physical body
* SN 12.66 - explains aging & death are caused by attachment and are states of suffering rather than physical things
* SN 13.1 - explains how profound the liberation of a stream-enterer is. (note: the word "lives" is not found in the Pali)
* SN 22.1 - explains the meaning of the suffering related to change; that suffering only occurs when attaching to change
* SN 22.3 - explains a lofty meaning of non-household life
* SN 22.48 - explains two types of aggregates: mere aggregates vs clung to aggregates
* SN 22.53 - explains dependent cessation or liberation is not about having no consciousness
* SN 22.81 - clearly explains dependent origination is about the arising of self-view
* SN 22.85 - explains a Buddha does not "die"; the ending of the life of a Buddha is the ending of the aggregates
* SN 22.99 - explains "samsara" means the mind continuously clinging to the five aggregates as self
* SN 46.3 - defines mindfulness
* SN 48.10 - explains how to reach jhana
* SN 54.11 - explains the Buddha's meditation is Anapanasati
* SN 56.31 - handful of leaves; emphasizing what is important
* SN 56.47 - explains the meaning of the term "human state"
* SN 56.102-113 - explains the higher truth that only realizing Noble Truths can avoid lower realms
* SN 35.135 - explains heaven & hell are pleasant & painful sense experiences
* SN 12.37 - explains past kamma are ultimately feelings to be felt rather than feelings to be identified with

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My un-favorite is the dodgy Anamatagga-Samyutta, which is even dumber than the Naga-Samyutta, Supanna-Samyutta, Gandhabbakaya-Samyutta and Valahaka-Samyutta :mrgreen:
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My favourite Samyutta are:
I think that the OP is using the term Saṁyutta to refer to the chapters, not specific suttas.

Two most favorite are Kosala Samyutta because they are very practical, and Anamatagga Samyutta because it is so important for understanding Samsara.
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BKh wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:32 am Anamatagga Samyutta because it is so important for understanding Samsara.
sounds like "understanding" is being confused with "blind belief"
BKh wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:32 am I think that the OP is using the term Saṁyutta to refer to the chapters, not specific suttas.
If so, to choose one Samyutta, it would have to be the Khandha Samyutta because it is the most lofty; unlike the Anamatagga Samyutta which seems to be the complete opposite of loftiness.
BKh wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:32 am Kosala Samyutta
Sutta 3 says:
Great king, for someone who has been born, there’s nothing apart from old age and death. Even for well-to-do aristocrats, brahmins, or householders—rich, affluent, and wealthy, with lots of gold and silver, lots of property and assets, and lots of money and grain—when they’re born, there’s nothing apart from old age and death. Even for mendicants who are perfected—who have ended the defilements, completed the spiritual journey, done what had to be done, laid down the burden, achieved their own goal, utterly ended the fetters of becoming, and are rightly freed through enlightenment—their bodies are liable to break up and be laid to rest.

That is what the Buddha said. …
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DooDoot wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:57 am ....
SN 22.5 - explains the meaning of samudaya
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bhante dhamma wrote: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:23 pm Hi fellow dhamma-farers,
What is your favourite Samyutta and why?
Good question!

My favorite Samyuttas are Khandha, Salayatana, Vedana, Nidana, Dhatu, and the ten major Samyuttas in the Maha Vagga (i.e. Magga, Bojjhanga, Satipatthana, Indriya, Sammappadhana, Bala, Iddhipada, Anapana, Sotapatti, and Sacca Samyuttas).

The reason is mainly based on the following book by Choong Mun-keat:

The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism: A Comparative Study Based on the Sutra-anga portion of the Pali Samyutta-Nikaya and the Chinese Samyukta-agama (Series: Beitrage zur Indologie Band 32; Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2000).

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