Many thousands of discourses
were given by the Buddha and his leading disciples. Here you will find just a few containing key teachings that every Buddhist should be familiar with. Some are available as PDF files framed with a decorative border for printing on a single sheet of A4. If you download the PDF, you can print a copy to put on the wall as a daily reminder.
The Buddha spent the rainy season residing in one particular monastery, in the Bamboo Grove at Rājagaha during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of the sāsana, and often at the Jeta Grove donated by Anāthapindiaka in Sāvatthī during the later
years. After the rains he would set off on tour with the monks, journeying from town to village on foot. During the last months of his life, he walked from Rājagaha to Kusināra via Pātaliputta and Vesālī.
This Map of India gives some perspective to the life of the Buddha and the monks as they wandered throughout the Ganges valley, or even further afield, to
spread the teaching about the path to nibbāna.
For a PDF file (189 Kbytes)
suitable for printing as a wall chart, click here.
Āditta Sutta • The Fire Sermon: The Buddha’s discourse to 1,000 Fire-worshipping ascetics led by the three Kassapa brothers on the fiery nature of greed, hatred, and delusion. Āmagandha Sutta • The Buddha relates a discourse given by a previous Buddha named Kassapa, to an ascetic who was a strict vegetarian, who condemned the eating of meat and fish. Anattalakkhana Sutta • The Buddha’s third discourse (the second was the Hemavata Sutta), given to his first five disciples. After listening to the discourse, they all became Arahants. Apannaka Sutta • The Incontrovertible Discourse. An extract from a discourse of the Majjhimanikaya, teaching skeptics how to choose a wise course to follow.
Candala Sutta • The behaviour that leads to becoming an “outcaste,” a person who should be shunned by good and wise followers of the Buddha. The Dhammapada • A collection of 423 verses in 26 chapters, with a brief extract from the Commentary explaining the circumstances in which the Buddha utttered each verse. Anuruddha Mahāvitakka Sutta • Eight Thoughts of a Great Man. Eight essential characteristics of a wise man who could fully understand the Buddha’s teaching. Gītassara Sutta • A Musical Intonation. A warning by the Buddha on how not to chant the sacred discourses. When recited as they often are these days, the audience fails to pay attention to the meaning, and becomes distracted by listening to the sound only.
Kesamutti Sutta • The Buddha’s Discourse to the Kālāmas. More commonly known as the “Kālāma Sutta,” this is the Buddha’a advice on how to make a thorough investigation of the teachings. Kesi Sutta • The Horse Trainer. A warning to his disciples on always remaining open to instruction and admonishment by one’s fellow brahmafarers and well-wishers. Paritta Suttas • Protection Discourses. Some discourses commonly recited for protection of danger, disease, and other misfortunes. Includes links to audo and video files. Sacetana Sutta • The Chariot Maker. A charming discourse from the Gradual Sayings advising how to do things thoroughly, not hastily. Samkitta Sutta • A Brief Discourse to Gotami. The Buddha’s advice to his step-mother, who was the first Bhikkhuni, on how to distinguish Dhamma from what is not Dhamma.
Voidness. A brief extract from »» Maha-suññata Sutta, with the Buddha’s advice to Ānanda for monks to cultivate seclusion, and to avoid socialising.
Burmese Chanting Book
Download this PDF (329 Kbytes) to make your own Chanting Book. Formatted for printing as an A5 booklet on A4 landscape paper.
The book was originally produced for morning and evening chanting in
Burmese monasteries. It includes:
The book is in Romanised Pāli with English Translations.
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