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Dīgha Nikāya | Long Discourses of Buddha

Dīgha Nikāya | Long Discourses of Buddha

DĪGHA NIKĀYA 

The Long Discourses of the Buddha

Dīgha Nikāya or Long Discourses of Buddha - The direct words, Sutras or Suttas of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, as they were heard and later included in so called Tripitaka or Pali Canon. The Long Sutras. Buddha Shakyamuni used to tell - there are three kinds of students - with great, medium and small capacities - and so are Buddhas sutras - Long Suttas, Medium and Short! This collection consists of Long Sutras.

1. Brahmajāla Sutta: The Supreme Net

What the Teaching Is Not

“Monks, if anyone should speak in disparagement of me, of the Dhamma or of the Sangha, you should not be angry, resentful or upset on that account. If you were to be angry or displeased at such disparagement, that would only be a hindrance to you. If others disparage me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, then you must explain what is incorrect as being incorrect

2. Sāmaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Homeless Life

Sire, there is this Blessed Lord, the Arahant, the fully-enlightened Buddha staying in my mango-grove with a large company of some twelve hundred and fifty monks. This Blessed Lord is an Arahant, a fully-enlightened Buddha, endowed with wisdom and conduct, the Well-Farer, Knower of the worlds, incomparable Trainer of men to be tamed, Teacher of gods and humans, enlightened and blessed.

3. Ambaṭṭha Sutta: About Ambaṭṭha

Pride Humbled

And Pokkharasāti said to Ambaṭṭha: 'Ambaṭṭha, my son, the ascetic Gotama... is staying in the dense jungle of Icchānankala, And concerning that Blessed Lord a good report has been spread about… Now you go to see the ascetic Gotama and find out whether this report is correct or not, and whether the Reverend Gotama is as they say or not.

4. Soṇadaṇḍa Sutta: About Soṇadaṇḍa

The Qualities of a True Brahmin

Brahmins heard that Soṇadaṇḍa intended to visit the ascetic Gotama. So they called upon him and asked if this were true. 'So it is, I am going to visit the ascetic Gotama.' 'Sir, do not visit the ascetic Gotama, it is not fitting that you should do so! If the Reverend Soṇadaṇḍa goes to visit the ascetic Gotama, his reputation will decrease.

5. Kūṭadanta Sutta: About Kūṭadanta

A Bloodless Sacrifice

Kūṭadanta thought: 'I have heard that the ascetic Gotama understands how to conduct successfully the triple sacrifice with its sixteen requisites. Now I do not understand all this, but I want to make a big sacrifice. Suppose I were to go to the ascetic Gotama and ask him about the matter.' So Kūṭadanta went with a large company of Brahmins to Ambalaṭṭhikā.

6. Mahāli Sutta: About Mahāli

Heavenly Sights, Soul and Body

Brahmins heard that Soṇadaṇḍa intended to visit the ascetic Gotama. So they called upon him and asked if this were true. 'So it is, I am going to visit the ascetic Gotama.' 'Sir, do not visit the ascetic Gotama, it is not fitting that you should do so! If the Reverend Soṇadaṇḍa goes to visit the ascetic Gotama, his reputation will decrease.

8. Mahāsīhanāda Sutta: The Great Lion's Roar

'Kassapa, it may be that wanderers of other sects will say: "The ascetic Gotama roars his lion's roar, but only in empty places, not in company." They should be told that this is not true: "The ascetic Gotama roars his lion's roar, and he roars it in company." Again, I see one practiser of mortification... arising after death in a good place, a heavenly state.

9. Poṭṭhapāda Sutta: About Poṭṭhapāda

States of Consciousness

Poṭṭhapāda saw the Lord coming from a distance, and so he called his followers to order, saying: 'Be quiet, gentlemen, don't make a noise, gentlemen! That ascetic Gotama is coming, and he likes quiet and speaks in praise of quiet. If he sees that this company is quiet, he will most likely want to come and visit us.' At this the wanderers fell silent.

10. Subha Sutta: About Subha

Morality, Concentration, Wisdom

Once the Venerable Ānanda was staying at Sāvatthi, in Jeta's grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika’s park, shortly after the Lord's final passing. And at that time the youth Subha, Todeyya's son, was staying at Sāvatthi on some business. And Subha said to a certain young man: 'Go, my lad, to where the ascetic Ānanda is, ask him in my name if he is in good health

11. Kevaddha Sutta: About Kevaddha

What Brahma Didn't Know

Once, Kevaddha, in this order of monks the thought occurred to a certain monk: "I wonder where the four great elements — the earth element, the water element, the fire element, the air element — cease without remainder." And that monk attained to such a state of mental concentration that the way to the deva-realms appeared before him. - We don't know. But there is Brahma who knows...

12. Lohicca Sutta: About Lohicca

Good and Bad Teachers

This evil line of reasoning occurred to Lohicca: 'Suppose an ascetic or Brahmin were to discover some good doctrine, having done so, he ought not to declare it to anyone else; for what can one man do for another? I declare that such a thing is an evil deed rooted in attachment, for what can one man do for another?'

13. Tevijja Sutta: The Threefold Knowledge

The Path to Brahma

That is right, Vāseṭṭha. That these encumbered Brahmins, learned in the Three Vedas, should after death, at the breaking-up of the body, be united with the unencumbered Brahma — that is just not possible. 'Likewise, do these Brahmins learned in the Three Vedas and full of hate..., full of ill-will..., impure..., undisciplined, have any communion, anything in common with the disciplined Brahma?' 'No, Reverend Gotama.'

14. Mahāpadāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lineage

History of Previous Buddhas

Monks, ninety-one aeons ago the Lord, the Arahant, the fully-enlightened Buddha Vipassī arose in the world. Thirty- one aeons ago Buddha Sikhī arose; in the same thirty-first aeon before this Buddha Vessabhū arose. And in present fortunate aeon Buddhas Kakusandha, Koṇāgamana and Kassapa arose in the world. And, monks, in present fortunate aeon I too have now arisen in the world as a fully-enlightened Buddha.

15. Mahānidāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on Origination

The Law of independent Origination

How profound this dependent origination is, and how profound it appears! And yet it appears to me as clear as clear!' 'Do not say that, Ānanda, do not say that! This dependent origination is profound and appears profound.'If, Ānanda, you are asked: "Has ageing-and-death a condition for its existence?" you should answer: "Yes." If asked: "What conditions ageing-and-death?" you should answer: "Ageing-and-death is conditioned by birth."

16. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta: The Great Passing

Buddhas Last days

6 PARTS

1. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 1

Ānanda, as long as the Vajjians meet in harmony, break up in harmony, and carry on their business in harmony, they may be expected to prosper and not decline. Have you heard that the Vajjians do not authorise what has not been authorised already, and do not abolish what has been authorised, but proceed according to what has been authorised by their ancient tradition?

2. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 2

Then the Lord, while staying at Koṭigāma, gave a comprehensive discourse: 'This is morality, this is concentration, this is wisdom. Concentration, when imbued with morality, brings great fruit and profit. Wisdom, when imbued with concentration, brings great fruit and profit. The mind imbued with wisdom becomes completely free from the corruptions, that is, from the corruption of sensuality, of becoming, of false views and of ignorance.

3. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 3

Ānanda, whoever has developed the four roads to power, practised them frequently, made them his vehicle, made them his base, established them, become familiar with them and properly undertaken them, could undoubtedly live for a century, or the remainder of one. The Tathāgata has developed these powers,...properly undertaken them. And he could, Ānanda, undoubtedly live for a century, or the remainder of one.

4. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 4

'Suppose a monk were to say: "Friends, I heard and received this from the Lord's own lips: this is the Dhamma, this is the discipline, this is the Master's teaching", then, monks, you should neither approve nor disapprove his words. Then, without approving or disapproving, his words and expressions should be carefully noted and compared with the Suttas and reviewed in the light of the discipline.

5. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 5

Ānanda, whatever monk, nun, male or female lay-follower dwells practising the Dhamma properly, and perfectly fulfils the Dhamma-way, he or she honours the Tathāgata, reveres and esteems him and pays him the supreme homage. Therefore, Ānanda, "We will dwell practising the Dhamma properly and perfectly fulfil the Dhamma-way" — this must be your watchword.'Ānanda, there are four places the sight of which should arouse emotion in the faithful

6. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta | Part 6

Then the Lord said to the monks: 'Now, monks, I declare to you: all conditioned things are of a nature to decay — strive on untiringly.' These were the Tathāgata's last words. Then the Lord entered the first dhyāna. And leaving that he entered the second, the third, the fourth dhyāna.And, leaving the fourth dhyāna, the Lord finally passed away.

17. Mahāsudassana Sutta: The Great Splendour

A King's Renunciation

King Mahāsudassana thought: "Of what kamma is it the fruit, of what kamma is it the result, that I am now so mighty and powerful?" Then he thought: "It is the fruit, the result of three kinds of kamma: of giving, self-control, and abstinence." 'Then the King went into the great gabled chamber, entered and remained in the first jhāna.

18. Janavasabha Sutta: About Janavasabha

Brahma Addresses the Gods

Hearing the name "Janavasabha" my hairs stood on end, and I thought: "He whose name is Janavasabha will not be such a low-ranking yakkha!”” “Ānanda, immediately after I heard this voice, the yakkha appeared before me as a noble vision, and uttered a second cry: I have now for the seventh time been reborn and I have now become among the devas a king of non-human beings.

19. Mahāgovinda Sutta: The Great Steward

A Past Life of Gotama

At that time I was the Brahmin, the Great Steward, and I taught those disciples the path to union with the Brahma-world. My holy life leads unfailingly to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to peace, to super¬knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbāna. That is the Noble Eightfold Path, namely Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.”

20. Mahāsamaya Sutta: The Mighty Gathering

Devas Come to See the Buddha

Once the Lord was staying among the Sakyans in the Great Forest at Kapilavatthu, with a large company of some five hundred monks, all Arahants. And devas from ten world-systems frequently came there to visit the Lord and his order of monks. Monks, it has often happened that the devas from ten world-systems have come to see the Tathagata and his order of monks.

21. Sakkapañha Sutta: Sakka's Questions

A God Consults the Buddha

Sakka, lord of the gods, felt a strong desire to see the Lord. And Sakka thought: 'Where is the Blessed Lord, the fully-enlightened Buddha, now staying?' Then, perceiving where the Lord was, Sakka said to the Thirty-Three Gods: 'Gentlemen, the Blessed Lord is staying in Magadha...in the Indasāla Cave. How would it be if we were to go and visit the Lord?

22. Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta:
The Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness

Here, monks, a monk abides contemplating body as body, ardent, clearly aware and mindful, having put aside hankering and fretting for the world; he abides contemplating feelings as feelings...; he abides contemplating mind as mind...; he abides contemplating mind-objects as mind-objects, ardent, clearly aware and mindful, having put aside hankering and fretting for the world.'

23. Pāyāsi Sutta: About Pāyāsi

Debate with a Sceptic

2 PARTS

1. Pāyāsi Sutta | Part 1

Prince Pāyāsi said to the Venerable Kumara-Kassapa: 'Reverend Kassapa, I hold to this tenet and this view: There is no other world, there are no spontaneously born beings, there is no fruit or result of good or evil deeds.' 'Well, Prince, I have never seen or heard of such a tenet or view as you declare.

2. Pāyāsi Sutta | Part 2

'Even though you say this, Reverend Kassapa, still I cannot bear to give up this evil opinion. King Pasenadi of Kosala knows my opinions, and so do kings abroad. If I give it up, they will say: "What a fool Prince Pāyāsi is, how stupidly he grasps at wrong views!" I will stick to this view out of anger.

24. Pāṭika Sutta: About Pāṭikaputta

The Charlatan

'A few days ago, Sunakkhatta came to me, saluted me, sat down to one side, and said: "Lord, I am leaving the Blessed Lord, I am no longer under the Lord's rule." So I said to him: "Well, Sunakkhatta, did I ever say to you: 'Come, Sunakkhatta, be under my rule'?" "No, Lord."

25. Udumbarika-Sīhanāda Sutta:
The Great Lion's Roar to the Udumbarikans

Nigrodha saw Sandhāna approaching from a distance, and he called his followers to order, saying: 'Be quiet, gentlemen, don't make a noise, gentlemen! The householder Sandhāna, a follower of the ascetic Gotama, is approaching. He is one of the number of white-robed householder followers of the ascetic Gotama in Rājagaha.

26. Cakkavatti-Sīhanāda Sutta:
The Lion's Roar on the Turning of the Wheel

'Once, monks, there was a wheel-turning monarch named Dalhanemi, a righteous monarch of the law, conqueror of the four quarters, who had established the security of his realm and was possessed of the seven treasures: the Wheel Treasure, the Elephant Treasure, the Horse Treasure, the Jewel Treasure, the Woman Treasure, the Householder Treasurer, and, as seventh, the Counsellor Treasure.

27. Aggañña Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings

Then the Lord said to Vāseṭṭha: 'Vāseṭṭha, you two are Brahmins born and bred, and you have gone forth from the household life into homelessness from Brahmin families. Do not the Brahmins revile and abuse you?' 'Indeed, Lord, the Brahmins do revile and abuse us. They don't hold back with their usual flood of reproaches.'

28. Sampasādanīya Sutta: Serene Faith

Venerable Sāriputta came to see the Lord, saluted him, sat down to one side, and said: 'It is clear to me, Lord, that there never has been, never will be and is not now another ascetic or Brahmin who is better or more enlightened than the Lord.' How is this? Have all the Arahant Buddhas of the past appeared to you?

29. Pāsādika Sutta: The Delightful Discourse

At that time the Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta had just died at Pāvā. And at his death the Nigaṇṭhas were split into two parties, quarrelling and disputing, fighting and attacking each other with wordy warfare. Now the novice Cunda, who had spent the Rains at Pāvā, came to Sāmagāma to see the Venerable Ananda. And he related what had happened.

30. Lakkhaṇa Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man

The Marks of a Great Man

2 PARTS

1. Lakkhaṇa Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man | Part 1

The Lord said: 'There are, monks, these thirty-two marks peculiar to a Great Man, and for that Great Man who possesses them, only two careers are open. If he goes forth from the household life into homelessness, he will become an Arahant, a fully-enlightened Buddha, who has drawn back the veil from the world.

2. Lakkhaṇa Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man | Part 2

'Being endowed with these marks,... as a ruler he will be rich, of great wealth and resources, having a full treasury of gold and silver, all sorts of goods. As a Buddha he will be wealthy and rich, and these will be his treasures: faith, morality, moral shame, moral dread, learning, renunciation and wisdom.'

31. Sigālaka Sutta: Advice to Lay People

Sigālaka, the householder's son, having got up early and gone out of Rājagaha, was paying homage, with wet clothes and hair and with joined palms, to the different directions: to the east, the south, the west, the north, the nadir and the zenith. And the Lord, having risen early and dressed, took his robe and bowl and went to Rājagaha for alms.

32. Āṭānāṭiya Sutta: The Āṭānāṭā Protective Verses

there are prominent yakkhas living there who have no faith in the word of the Blessed Lord. In order to give these folk confidence, may the Blessed Lord learn the Āṭānāṭā protective verses, by means of which monks and nuns, male and female lay-followers may dwell guarded, protected, unharmed and at their ease?' And the Lord consented by silence.

33. Sangīti Sutta: The Chanting Together

3. PARTS

1. The Chanting Together | Part 1

Venerable Sāriputta addressed the monks, referring to this situation, and said: And so we should all recite it together without disagreement, so that this holy life may be enduring and established for the welfare and happiness of the multitude, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, welfare and happiness of devas and humans.

2. The Chanting Together | Part 2

'There are [sets of] four things which were perfectly proclaimed by the Lord... (1) 'Four foundations of mindfulness: Here a monk abides contemplating body as body, ardent, clearly aware and mindful, having put aside hankering and fretting for the world; he abides contemplating feelings as feelings...; he abides contemplating mind as mind...; he abides contemplating mind- objects as mind-objects.

3. The Chanting Together | Part 3

'There are [sets of] seven things which have been perfectly proclaimed by the Lord... (1) 'Seven Ariyan treasures: faith, morality, moral shame, moral dread, learning, renunciation, wisdom. (2) 'Seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation of phenomena, energy, delight, tranquillity, concentration, equanimity. (3) 'Seven requisites of concentration: right view, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness.

34. Dasuttara Sutta: Expanding Decades

Venerable Sāriputta said: 'In growing groups from one to ten I'll teach Dhamma for the gaining of Nibbāna, That you may make an end of suffering, And be free from all the ties that bind. 'That makes a hundred things that are real and true, so and not otherwise, unerringly and perfectly realised by the Tathagata.'