Understanding Sutta Citations

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.

SuttaCentral.net How-To Videos

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

Stages of Enlightenment Handout

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

In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon Linked to SuttaCentral.net

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

Realms of Rebirth Taught by the Buddha

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

Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Thematic Guide to the Aṅguttara Nikāya Linked to Bhikkhu Sujato’s Translations

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