The Sutta Pitaka
The suttas are grouped into five nikayas, or collections:
- Digha Nikaya
- The "Long" Discourses (Pali digha = "long"), which consists of 34 suttas, including the well-known Mahasatipatthana Sutta (The Greater Discourse on the
Foundations of Mindfulness), the Samaññaphala Sutta (The Fruits of the Contemplative Life), the Mahaparinibbana Sutta
(The Buddha's Last Days), and many others.
- Majjhima Nikaya
- The "Middle-length" Discourses (Pali majjhima = "middle"), which consists of 152 suttas of varying length, including the Sabbasava Sutta (All the
Taints), Culakammavibhanga Sutta (Shorter Exposition of Kamma), the Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing), Kayagatasati Sutta (Mindfulness of the Body), the Angulimala Sutta (The Story of Angulimala), and many more.
- Samyutta Nikaya
- The "Grouped" Discourses (Pali samyutta = "group" or "collection"), which consists of 2,889 shorter suttas grouped together by theme into 56 samyuttas.
- Anguttara Nikaya
- The "Further-factored" Discourses (Pali anga = "factor" + uttara = "beyond," "further"), which consists of 8,777 short suttas, grouped together into eleven nipatas
according to the number of items of Dhamma covered in each sutta. For example, the Eka-nipata ("Book of the Ones") contains suttas about a single item of Dhamma; the Duka-nipata
("Book of the Twos") contains suttas dealing with two items of Dhamma, and so on.
- Khuddaka Nikaya
- The "Division of Short Books" (Pali khudda = "smaller," "lesser"), consisting of 15 "books" (17 in the Thai edition; 18 in the Burmese), including the Dhammapada, Therigatha (Verses of the Elder Nuns), Theragatha
(Verses of the Elder Monks), Sutta Nipata, Jataka stories, etc.
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