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From the Majjhima Nikaya:

MN 20: Vitakkasanthana Sutta — The Removal of Distracting Thoughts

Five practical methods of responding wisely to unskillful thoughts (thoughts connected with desire, aversion, or delusion).

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Recorded by the reader in July 2005 in Paekakariki, New Zealand. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 1995). Text is copyright © 1995 Wisdom Publications. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Soma Thera or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

MN 10: Satipatthana Sutta — The Four Establishments of Mindfulness

The Buddha's comprehensive practical instructions on the development of mindfulness as the basis for insight.

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Recorded by jtb on 11 December 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Nyanasatta Thera or »Soma Thera or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

MN 21: Kakacupama Sutta — The Simile of the Saw (excerpt)

How to cultivate a heart of metta (loving-kindness), no matter how others may try to provoke you.

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Recorded by jtb on 18 Feb 2006 in Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Acharya Buddharakkhita or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

MN 58: Abhayarajakumara Sutta — To Prince Abhaya

The Buddha explains the criteria for determining whether or not something is worth saying. This discourse is a beautiful example of the Buddha's skill as teacher: not only does he talk about right speech, but he also demonstrates right speech in action.

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Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 1995). Text is copyright © 1995 Wisdom Publications. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

MN 62: Maharahulovada Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Rahula

The Buddha delivers meditation instructions to his son, the novice Rahula.

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Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 1995). Text is copyright © 1995 Wisdom Publications. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

MN 99: Subha Sutta — To Subha (excerpt)

The Buddha instructs a brahman youth on how to reach the company of Brahma through the practice of developing metta (loving-kindness).

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Recorded by jtb on 18 Feb 2006 in Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

 

MN 143: Anathapindikovada Sutta — Advice to Anathapindika

Ven. Sariputta offers a deep teaching on non-clinging to the ailing lay-follower Anathapindika.

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Recorded by jtb on 16 Jan 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From » The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, Bhikkhu Ñanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 1995). Text is copyright © 1995 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


From the Samyutta Nikaya:

 

SN 7.2: Akkosa Sutta — Abuse

What is your best response when someone is angry with you? Hint: if you offer some food to a guest, but the guest declines the offer, to whom does the food belong?

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Recorded by the reader in July 2005 in Paekakariki, New Zealand. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2000). Text is copyright © 2000 Wisdom Publications. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Acharya Buddharakkhita or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

 

SN 47.19: Sedaka Sutta — At Sedaka (The Acrobat)

Which is correct: by protecting oneself, one protects others; or by protecting others, one protects oneself? The Buddha's answer may surprise you.

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Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2000 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Andrew Olendzki or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

SN 56.31: Simsapa Sutta — The Simsapa Grove/A Handful of Leaves

The Buddha compares the knowledge he gained in his Awakening to all the leaves in the forest, and his teachings to a mere handful of leaves. He then explains why he didn't reveal the remainder.

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Recorded by jtb on 21 Oct 2005 The Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2000). Text is copyright © 2000 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

[Loudspeaker icon] Listen to this sutta read by Kamala Masters (02'20" 0.8 MB)

Recorded by jtb on 11 Dec 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

[Loudspeaker icon] Listen to this sutta read by Sharon Salzberg (01'44" 0.6 MB)

Recorded by jtb on 18 Feb 2006 Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


From the Anguttara Nikaya:

 

AN 4.62: Anana Sutta — Debtlessness/Four Kinds of Happiness

The Buddha explains to the wealthy lay-follower Anathapindika about four kinds of happiness that a householder may enjoy. Some require wealth, but the best is free of charge

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Recorded by jtb on 11 Dec 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Kandy: »Buddhist Publication Society, 1999). Text is copyright © 1999 Buddhist Publication Society. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Buddhist Publication Society, P.O. Box 61, No. 54 Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka, »www.bps.lk.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

AN 5.57: Upajjhatthana Sutta — Five Contemplations for Everyone

The Buddha's instructions on five facts that everyone — man, woman, monk, or nun — should frequently reflect upon.

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Recorded by jtb on 11 Dec 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Kandy: »Buddhist Publication Society, 1999). Text is copyright © 1999 Buddhist Publication Society. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Buddhist Publication Society, P.O. Box 61, No. 54 Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka, »www.bps.lk.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

AN 5.161: Aghatapativinaya Sutta — How to Remove Grudges

Five simple practices to help overcome malicious habits of thought.

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Recorded by jtb on 11 Dec 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi. From Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, translated and edited by Nyanaponika Thera and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Kandy: »Buddhist Publication Society, 1999). Text is copyright © 1999 Buddhist Publication Society. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Buddhist Publication Society, P.O. Box 61, No. 54 Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka, »www.bps.lk.

 


From the Khuddaka Nikaya:

Ud 1.10: Bahiya Sutta — Bahiya

The ascetic Bahiya receives a brief teaching from the Buddha about dispassion towards the senses ("In the seen will be merely what is seen...") and immediately becomes an arahant.

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Recorded by jtb on 21 Oct 2005 at the Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by John D. Ireland. From The Udana and the Itivuttaka: Two Classics from the Pali Canon (Kandy: »Buddhist Publication Society, 1997). Text is copyright © 2005 »Buddhist Publication Society. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Buddhist Publication Society, P.O. Box 61, No. 54 Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka, »www.bps.lk.

Read a translation of this sutta by »John D. Ireland or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Iti 27: The Development of Loving-kindness

How the practice of loving-kindness excels all other paths to a happy rebirth.

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Recorded by jtb on 18 Feb 2006 in Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »John D. Ireland or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Iti 84: For the Welfare of Many

The three kinds of people who are capable of bringing true happiness into the world.

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Recorded by jtb on 18 Feb 2006 in Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. From »In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans. and ed. (Somerville: »Wisdom Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi. Courtesy of, and with permission from, Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA, »www.wisdompubs.org.

Read a translation of this sutta by »John D. Ireland or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Sn 3.1: Pabbajja Sutta — The Going Forth

King Bimbisara, struck by the young Buddha's radiant demeanor, follows him to the mountains to discover who he is and whence he comes.

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Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by H. Saddhatissa. From The Sutta Nipata (London: »Curzon Press, Ltd., 1985). Text is copyright © 1985 H. Saddhatissa. Permission pending.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Sn 3.2: Padhana Sutta — The Striving

The ten armies of Mara approach the Bodhisatta (Buddha-to-be) in an unsuccessful attempt to lure him from his meditation seat.

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Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by H. Saddhatissa. From The Sutta Nipata (London: »Curzon Press, Ltd., 1985). Text is copyright © 1985 H. Saddhatissa. Permission pending.

Read a translation of this sutta by »John D. Ireland or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Sn 4.11: Kalahavivada Sutta — Disputes and Contention

The Budda answers a series of questions on the causes of anger and attachment.

[Loudspeaker icon] Listen to this sutta read by Sister Cittapala (06'13" 2.1 MB)

Recorded by jtb on 17 May 2006 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by H. Saddhatissa. From The Sutta Nipata (London: »Curzon Press, Ltd., 1985). Text is copyright © 1985 H. Saddhatissa. Permission pending

Read a translation of this sutta by »John D. Ireland or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Sn 5.10: Kappa-manava-puccha Sutta — Kappa's Question

Is there anywhere safe to stand where we won't be swept away by aging and death?

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Recorded by the reader in July 2005 in Paekakariki, New Zealand. Translated from the Pali by H. Saddhatissa. From The Sutta Nipata (London: »Curzon Press, Ltd., 1985). Text is copyright © 1985 H. Saddhatissa. Permission pending.

Read a translation of this sutta by »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 

Dhp 1-20: Yamaka Vagga — Pairs/Dichotomies

The first chapter of verses from the Dhammapada, a classic collection of concise teachings from the Buddha.

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Recorded by jtb on 11 Dec 2005 at Gaston Pond, Barre, Massachusetts, USA. Translated from the Pali by Gil Fronsdal. From »The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations, edited by Gil Fronsdal (Boston: »Shambhala Publications, 2005). Text is copyright © 2005 Shambhala Publications. Permission pending.

Read a translation of these verses by »Acharya Buddharakkhita or »Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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