Majjhima Nikāya | Index III - 1
PART THREE: THE FINAL FIFTY DISCOURSES
1. THE DIVISION AT DEVADAHA (Devadaha vagga)
101. Devadaha Sutta: At Devadaha
102. Pañcattaya Sutta: The Five and Three
105. Sunakkhatta Sutta: To Sunakkhatta
106. Āneñjasappāya Sutta: The Way to the Imperturbable
108. Gopaka Moggallāna Sutta: With Gopaka Moggallāna
109. Mahāpuṇṇama Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Full-moon Night
110. Cūḷapuṇṇama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Full-moon Night
(c) Uparipaṇṇāsa Pāḷi
1. Devadaha Vagga
1. Devadaha Sutta
This discourse was given by the Buddha at Devadaha in the country of the Sakyans to refute the wrong views of the Nigaṇṭhas.
The Nigaṇṭhas believed that whatever a person experienced in this life was caused by former action. They practiced austerity as a penance to put an end to the result of former action.
The Buddha taught them the right path that would lead to the end of suffering.
2. Pañcattaya Sutta
This discourse was given by the Buddha to bhikkhus at Sāvatthi to explain the wrong beliefs of other sects speculating on whether the world is finite or infinite, etc.
3. Kinti Sutta
This discourse was given by the Buddha at Pisinārā.
The Buddha explained that he taught the dhamma not for the sake of gain, such as robes, alms-food, lodgings, etc., nor in expectation of future happy existences.
His teachings, namely, the Four Methods of Steadfast Mindfulness, the Four Right Efforts, etc., in short, the Thirty-seven Factors of Enlightenment were for the attainment of higher knowledge leading to the end of suffering.
Whenever there was a dispute ever the doctrine with regard to meanings and words, it should be resolved strictly in accordance with these dhammas.
4. Sāmagāma Sutta
Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta had recently died at Pāvā and his followers had split into two groups.
On being informed by Ānanda that he was worried lest there be such a schism among the Order, after the passing away of the Buddha,
the Buddha taught this discourse on imperfect and perfect teachers and disciples, on disputes and their origin, and on the essentials of his Teaching.
5. Sunakkhatta Sutta
Bhikkhu Sunakkhatta, a former Licchavi prince, once enquired of the Buddha whether all the bhikkhus who came to the Buddha and declared their attainment of Arahatship actually attained it.
The Buddha said some of them actually did attain Arahatship whereas some deceived themselves; again others claimed Arahatship, knowing full well that they were not entitled to it, simply to trouble him with unnecessary questions.
The Buddha then taught him the essential dhammas in which one must become accomplished before one could claim Arahatship.
6. Āneñja-sappāya Sutta
This discourse was given by the Buddha while he was staying once at Kammāsadhamma, in the country of the Kurus.
The Buddha explained to the bhikkhus the dangers of enjoying sensual pleasures, which were transitory, empty and deceptive.
He said he had shown them the path leading to imperturbability (Āneñja-sappāya), to the realm of Nothingness, to the realm of Neither Consciousness Nor Non-Consciousness, and ultimately to Nibbāna.
He then urged the bhikkhus: “Go to the forest, to solitude. Strive hard in meditation.”
7. Gaṇakamoggallāna Sutta
The Buddha was once asked by the Brāhmin Gaṇaka Moggallāna whether there were systematic rules, practices and methods in his Teaching, just as there were training rules, manuals, guidances in various branches of worldly knowledge.
The Buddha told him about the Dhamma giving details about precepts to be observed, disciplinary rules to be followed, various concentrations to be developed and jhānas and paṇṇās to be achieved step by step.
8. Gopakamoggallāna Sutta
Two leading brāhmins of Rājagaha asked the Venerable Ānanda whether the Buddha had appointed a particular thera to be the head of the Sangha after he passed away.
Ānanda informed them there was no such person. No person could substitute the Buddha.
They wanted to know then if the Sangha had agreed upon a certain bhikkhu to be their head. When Ānanda told them there was no such person, they wondered how the Sangha could remain in agreement and unity.
Ānanda then explained to them that they had indeed refuge in the Dhamma and how the Sangha of each locality recited together the Pātimokkha, the summary of disciplinary rules, every half month.
9. Mahāpuṇṇama Sutta
The Buddha was sitting in the midst of a large number of bhikkhus out in the open on a full moon night. All the bhikkhus were intently engaged in meditation.
The silence of the night was broken by the oldest of the meditating bhikkhus who, with the permission of the Buddha, asked him about the five aggregates of grasping, how craving developed with respect to each aggregate, and how craving would cease.
The Buddha explained each point raised by the bhikkhu to the great benefit of the assembled Sangha.
10. Cūḷapuṇṇama Sutta
This discourse was given on how to differentiate between a good man and a bad man, with detailed description of the characteristics of good and bad men.