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Dīghanikāya

Dīghanikāya

Sīlakkhandha Vagga

The Prime Net

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Brahmajāla Sutta DN 1 DN i 1 Brahmajāla Sutta
DN 1
DN i 1
While others may praise or criticize the Buddha, they tend to focus on trivial details. The Buddha presents an analysis of 62 kinds of wrong view, seeing through which one becomes detached from meaningless speculations.

18 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

26 parallels in ancient texts

The Fruits of the Ascetic Life

Sāmaññaphala Sutta DN 2 DN i 47 Sāmaññaphala Sutta
DN 2
DN i 47
The newly crowned King Ajātasattu is disturbed by the violent means by which he achieved the crown. He visits the Buddha to find peace of mind, and asks him about the benefits of spiritual practice. This is one of the greatest literary and spiritual texts of early Buddhism.

20 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

92 parallels in ancient texts

With Ambaṭṭha

Ambaṭṭha Sutta DN 3 DN i 87 Ambaṭṭha Sutta
DN 3
DN i 87
A young brahmin student attacks the Buddha’s family, but is put in his place.

16 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

53 parallels in ancient texts

With Soṇadaṇḍa

Soṇadaṇḍa Sutta DN 4 DN i 111 Soṇadaṇḍa Sutta
DN 4
DN i 111
A reputed brahmin visits the Buddha, despite the reservations of other brahmins. They discuss the true meaning of a brahmin, and the Buddha skillfully draws him around to his own point of view.

16 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

42 parallels in ancient texts

With Kūṭadanta

Kūṭadanta Sutta DN 5 DN i 127 Kūṭadanta Sutta
DN 5
DN i 127
A brahmin wishes to undertake a great sacrifice, and asks for the Buddha’s advice. The Buddha tells a legend of the past, in which a king is persuaded to give up violent sacrifice, and instead to devote his resources to supporting the needy citizens of his realm. However, even such a beneficial and non-violent sacrifice pales in comparison to the spiritual sacrifice of giving up attachments.

16 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

41 parallels in ancient texts

With Mahāli

Mahāli Sutta DN 6 DN i 150 Mahāli Sutta
DN 6
DN i 150
The Buddha explains to a diverse group of lay people how the results of meditation depend on the manner of development.

15 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

38 parallels in ancient texts

With Jāliya

Jāliya Sutta DN 7 DN i 159 Jāliya Sutta
DN 7
DN i 159
This discourse is mostly quoted by the Buddha in the previous.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

38 parallels in ancient texts

The Longer Discourse on the Lion’s Roar

Mahāsīhanāda Sutta DN 8 DN i 161 Mahāsīhanāda Sutta
DN 8
DN i 161
The Buddha is challenged by a naked ascetic on the topic of spiritual austerities. He points out that it is quite possible to perform all kinds of austere practices without having any inner purity of mind.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

48 parallels in ancient texts

With Poṭṭhapāda

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Poṭṭhapāda Sutta DN 9 DN i 178 Poṭṭhapāda Sutta
DN 9
DN i 178
The Buddha discusses with a wanderer the nature of perception and how it evolves through deeper states of meditation. None of these, however, should be identified with a self or soul.

16 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

39 parallels in ancient texts

With Subha

Subha Sutta DN 10 DN i 204 Subha Sutta
DN 10
DN i 204
Shortly after the Buddha’s death, Venerable Ānanda is invited to explain the core teachings.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

40 parallels in ancient texts

With Kevaddha

Kevaṭṭa Sutta DN 11 DN i 211 Kevaṭṭa Sutta
DN 11
DN i 211
The Buddha refuses to perform miracles, explaining that this is not the right way to inspire faith. He goes on to tell the story of a monk whose misguided quest for answers led him as far as Brahmā.

18 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

42 parallels in ancient texts

With Lohicca

Lohicca Sutta DN 12 DN i 224 Lohicca Sutta
DN 12
DN i 224
A brahmin has fallen into the idea that there is no point in trying to offer spiritual help to others. The Buddha goes to see him, and persuades him of the genuine benefits of spiritual teaching.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

38 parallels in ancient texts

The Three Knowledges

Tevijja Sutta DN 13 DN i 235 Tevijja Sutta
DN 13
DN i 235
A number of brahmins are discussing the true path to Brahmā. Contesting the claims to authority based on the Vedas, the Buddha insists that only personal experience can lead to the truth.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

47 parallels in ancient texts

Mahā Vagga

The Great Discourse on the Harvest of Deeds

Mahāpadāna Sutta DN 14 DN ii 1 Mahāpadāna Sutta
DN 14
DN ii 1
The Buddha teaches about the six Buddhas of the past, and tells a lengthy account of one of those, Vipassī.

15 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

99 parallels in ancient texts

The Great Discourse on Causation

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Mahānidāna Sutta DN 15 DN ii 55 Mahānidāna Sutta
DN 15
DN ii 55
Rejecting Venerable Ānanda’s claim to easily understand dependent origination, the Buddha presents a complex and demanding analysis, revealing hidden nuances and implications of this central teaching.

18 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

17 parallels in ancient texts

The Great Discourse on the Buddha’s Extinguishment

Mahāparinibbāna Sutta DN 16 DN ii 72 Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
DN 16
DN ii 72
The longest of all discourses, this extended narrative tells of the events surrounding the Buddha’s death. Full of vivid and moving details, it is an ideal entry point into knowing the Buddha as a person, and understanding how the Buddhist community coped with his passing.

24 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

150 parallels in ancient texts

King Mahāsudassana

Mahāsudassana Sutta DN 17 DN ii 169 Mahāsudassana Sutta
DN 17
DN ii 169
An elaborate story of a past life of the Buddha as a legendary king how renounced all to practice meditation.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

16 parallels in ancient texts

With Janavasabha

Janavasabha Sutta DN 18 DN ii 200 Janavasabha Sutta
DN 18
DN ii 200
Beginning with an account of the fates of disciples who had recently passed away, the scene shifts to a discussion of Dhamma held by the gods.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

4 parallels in ancient texts

The Great Steward

Mahāgovinda Sutta DN 19 DN ii 220 Mahāgovinda Sutta
DN 19
DN ii 220
A minor deity informs the Buddha of the conversations and business of the gods.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

16 parallels in ancient texts

The Great Congregation

Mahāsamaya Sutta DN 20 DN ii 253 Mahāsamaya Sutta
DN 20
DN ii 253
When deities from all realms gather in homage to the Buddha, he gives a series of verses describing them. These verses, which are commonly chanted in Theravadin countries, give one of the most detailed descriptions of the deities worshiped at the the time of the Buddha.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

24 parallels in ancient texts

Sakka’s Questions

Sakkapañha Sutta DN 21 DN ii 263 Sakkapañha Sutta
DN 21
DN ii 263
After hearing a love song from a god of music, the Buddha engages in a deep discussion with Sakka on the conditioned origin of attachment and suffering.

15 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

11 parallels in ancient texts

The Longer Discourse on Mindfulness Meditation

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Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta DN 22 DN ii 290 Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta
DN 22
DN ii 290
The Buddha details the seventh factor of the noble eightfold path, mindfulness meditation. This discourse is essentially identical to MN 10, with the addition of an extended section on the four noble truths derived from MN 141.

24 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

27 parallels in ancient texts

With Pāyāsi

Pāyāsi Sutta DN 23 DN ii 316 Pāyāsi Sutta
DN 23
DN ii 316
This is a long and entertaining debate between a monk and a skeptic, who went to elaborate and bizarre lengths to prove that there is no such thing as an afterlife. The discourse contains a colorful series of parables and examples.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

6 parallels in ancient texts

Pāthika Vagga

About Pāṭikaputta

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Pāthika Sutta DN 24 DN iii 1 Pāthika Sutta
DN 24
DN iii 1
When Sunakkhatta threatens to disrobe, the Buddha is unimpressed. Rejecting showy displays of asceticism or wondrous powers, he demonstrates his pre-eminence.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

5 parallels in ancient texts

The Lion’s Roar at Udumbarikā’s Monastery

Udumbarika Sutta DN 25 DN iii 36 Udumbarika Sutta
DN 25
DN iii 36
This discourse gives a specially good example of dialog between religions The Buddha insists that he is not interested to make anyone give up their teacher or practices, but only to help people let go of suffering.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

10 parallels in ancient texts

The Wheel-Turning Monarch

Cakkavatti Sutta DN 26 DN iii 58 Cakkavatti Sutta
DN 26
DN iii 58
In illustration of his dictum that one should rely on oneself, the Buddha gives a detailed account of the fall of a kingly lineage of the past, and the subsequent degeneration of society. This process, however, is not over, as the Buddha predicts that eventually society will fall into utter chaos. But far in the future, another Buddha, Metteyya, will arise in a time of peace and plenty.

15 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

3 parallels in ancient texts

The Origin of the World

Aggañña Sutta DN 27 DN iii 80 Aggañña Sutta
DN 27
DN iii 80
In contrast with the brahmin’s self-serving mythologies of the past, the Buddha presents an account of evolution that shows how human choices are an integral part of the ecological balance, and how excessive greed destroys the order of nature.

17 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

16 parallels in ancient texts

Inspiring Confidence

Sampasādanīya Sutta DN 28 DN iii 99 Sampasādanīya Sutta
DN 28
DN iii 99
Shortly before he passes away, Venerable Sāriputta visits the Buddha and utters a moving eulogy of his great teacher.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

9 parallels in ancient texts

An Impressive Discourse

Pāsādika Sutta DN 29 DN iii 117 Pāsādika Sutta
DN 29
DN iii 117
Following the death of Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta, the leader of the Jains, the Buddha emphasizes the stability and maturity of his own community. He encourages the community to come together after his death and recite the teachings in harmony.

14 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

10 parallels in ancient texts

The Marks of a Great Man

Lakkhaṇa Sutta DN 30 DN iii 142 Lakkhaṇa Sutta
DN 30
DN iii 142
This presents the brahmanical prophecy of the Great Man, and explains the 32 marks in detail. This discourse contains some of the latest and most complex verse forms in the canon.

13 translations in other modern languages

1 edition of the root text

6 parallels in ancient texts

Advice to Sigālaka