Learn to find your way around the Sutta Pitaka with this simple chart. Knowing the structure of the Pali Canon will make you more comfortable with what you read.
Citations are a standard way we can refer to specific suttas. AN: Anguttara Nikaya The most common citation for the Anguttara Nikaya is AN, although sometimes it is just an A. The numbered part of the citation has two parts—a chapter number and then a sutta number.
Even if we do most of our reading in print books or ebooks, we will need to go on-line and look up suttas. Here are some videos to help you use the resources on SuttaCentral.net. Looking up Citations Look up sutta DN 16 Digha Nikaya, Long Discourses https://suttacentral.net/dn16/en/sujato Look up sutta SN 56:11 Samyutta Nikaya, … Read more
Here is a simple handout that explains the four stages of enlightenment. As you read the suttas, the Buddha will refer to these stages so it is good to have this chart on hand when reading. Related: Make a Sutta Reading Practice Plan Simple Chart of the Sutta Pitaka Living in the Land of the … Read more
You can use these sutta checklists to keep track of the suttas that you have read. If you like to skip around, this will help to make sure that you eventually read them all. Complete Checklist These checklists are designed to be printed double sided, flipped on the short side, then folded into a booklet … Read more
This is the detailed table of contents of In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon by Bhikkhu Bodhi, published by Wisdom Publications, but linked to the free translations available on SuttaCentral.net. Most of the translations are by Bhikkhu Sujato. Translations from the Udana are by Ven. Anandajoti and those from … Read more
The following hnadouts are perfect to use in classes or workshops on the Sutta Pitaka. They show the structures of the Nikayas and give some highlights of topics covered. Related: Realms of Rebirth Taught by the Buddha Simple Chart of the Sutta Pitaka Living in the Land of the Buddha Downloads
Although the Buddha never used charts as visual aids when preaching, we can sometimes benefit from seeing the teachings laid out in a table. These three charts give a perspective on the Buddha’s teachings on the realms of rebirth. Basic Realms of Rebirth Causes of Rebirth in the different realms Lifespan in different realms of … Read more
When Bhikkhu Bodhi published his complete translation of the Anguttara Nikaya in 2012 he created a guide for new readers to follow that would take them through most of the suttas in a way connected by topic. At this time not all of his translations are available on the internet, so below is the same … Read more
As we read the suttas, it is important that they happened in specific places, many of which we can visit today. Below is a simple map that shows the major kingdoms and cities we learn about in the suttas. Download the pdf with two on each page and place a copy in whatever book you … Read more