David N. Snyder wrote:alan... wrote:anguttara? i would have guessed samyutta. i suppose both are jam packed with small, easily digested wisdom. what makes you pick anguttara over samyutta out of curiosity?
Anguttara Nikaya rules! You mean you haven't read my book?? (see link below in my signature)
The Anguttara Nikaya has the most suttas directed toward lay people than any other Nikaya. It lists the Dhamma teachings by numbers and presents it in a nice summary format. It also has teachings not found in other Nikayas, i.e., there is not so much of the repetition found in other Nikayas.
Here are some quick reference highlights:
alan... wrote:as small as you can get it but have it still be a complete path that someone could follow without anything else.
SDC wrote:The amount that one needs to hear/read in order to develop to a high level depends on their ability to understand the dhamma. For some it may take one sentence for others it may take a million. Actually I recall a sutta where it a 9 year old boy attained arahantship as soon a razor blade hit his head for shaving when he ordained.
People do not know your ability, therefore it is difficult for them to give you the amount that you would need in order to develop.
Read the suttas. Listen to lectures. See what resonates. Follow what makes the most sense. See how it begins to have an influence on your experience. If you put your time in, your practice will naturally become very, very organized and you'll finally feel like everything is moving in one direction rather than a million.
That will condense the chaos. Just my 2 pennies.
fig tree wrote:I don't know what counts as the most distilled, but if you search http://www.accesstoinsight.org for "brief instruction" or "dhamma in brief" you can find a lot of suttas in which a monk or nun gets a nice epitome of the dhamma, presumably tailored to their own needs. For example:
alan... wrote:i see no reason why one could not condense things.
SDC wrote:alan... wrote:i see no reason why one could not condense things.
I never said you shouldn't. However...
You've said in other threads that the body of literature is sort of overwhelming, correct? I do not want you to feel that way about it, because I know it can be a discouraging feeling. What I want you to see, is that is you dive in, immerse yourself in it, let it become your life, then it organizes itself.
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