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Majjhima Nikāya | Index I - 5

PART ONE: THE ROOT FIFTY DISCOURSES (Mūlapaṇṇāsa Pāḷi)

5 THE SHORTER DIVISION OF PAIRS (Cūḷayamaka vagga)

41. Sāḷeyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Sāla
43. Mahāvedalla Sutta: The Greater Series of Questions and Answers
44. Cūḷavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers
45. Cūḷadhammasamādāna Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things
48. Kosambiya Sutta: The Kosambians
49. Brahmanimantanika Sutta: The Invitation of a Brahma

V. Cūḷayamaka Vagga

1. Sāḷeyyaka Sutta

This exposition was given to villagers of Sālā on ten demeritorious deeds that would lead to states of misery and woe and ten meritorious deeds that would give rise to rebirth in happy realms.

2. Verañjaka Sutta

This discourse was given to the householders of Verañjā dealing with identical subjects as in the Sāḷeyyaka Sutta.

3. Mahāvedalla Sutta

The Venerable Mahākoṭṭhika asked many questions to the Venerable Sāriputta at Sāvatthi regarding an uninstructed person with no paññā, and instructed persons with paññā;

many questions on viññāṇa and vedanā, on the difference between paññā and viññāṇa, and many other things. The Venerable Sāriputta obliged him with detailed answers.

4. Cūḷavedalla Sutta

Then Dhammadinnā was asked many questions by the householder Visākha about personality, Sakkāya, the origin of Sakkāya, the cessation of Sakkāya and the way leading to cessation of Sakkāya.

All the questions were satisfactorily answered by the Therī.

5. Cūḷadhammasamādāna Sutta

This sutta describes four practices involving:

1. happy living now, followed by dire consequences in the future;
2. unhappy living now, followed by dire consequences in the future;
3. unhappy living now, followed by a happy life in the future;
4. happy living now, followed by a happy life in the future.

6. Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta

In this discourse, the four practices as described in Cūḷadhammasamādāna Sutta are explained with more details giving similes of poisoned fruit juice, delicious cordial and medicinal preparation of cows urine.

7. Vīmaṁsaka Sutta

Any claim to Buddhahood may be put to acid tests as provided in this sutta. A detailed procedure to scrutinize such claim is laid down here.

8. Kosambiya Sutta

This discourse on how loving-kindness should be the basis of their relations was given by the Buddha to the bhikkhus of Kosambī who were living in discord because of disagreement over trifling matters.

9. Brahmanimantanika Sutta

The Brahma Baka held the wrong view of eternity, believing in permanence, stability, and endurance. The Buddha showed him how wrong his belief was.

10. Māratajjanīya Sutta

This is an account given by the Venerable Mahā Moggallāna of how Mara once troubled him by causing pains and aches in the stomach.

He had to coax him to stop annoying him by telling him that he had been Maras uncle at the time of Kakusandha Buddha.