Here you may find a few of the Buddha’s discourses as translated by Bhante Suddhāso. These discourses have been selected primarily for their practical value in following the Buddha’s path.
One of the most important discourses in the Pāli Canon. This sutta provides an overview of many different circumstances in which the underlying taints of the mind become apparent, and describes the appropriate ways of cleansing the mind in each case.
Flawless: MN5 Anaṅgana Sutta View: Original
In this discourse the Buddha describes many different flaws that may be present in our habitual ways of thinking and acting; and, accordingly, how we can remove them in order to become flawless.
Right Perspective: MN9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta View: Original
This discourse begins with a question common among Buddhists: What is right perspective (sammādiṭṭhi)? Several different ways of understanding right perspective are provided, culminating with a description of dependent origination (paṭicca-samuppāda).
The Lesser Discourse on the Lion’s Roar: MN11 Cūḷasīhanāda Sutta View: Original
In this discourse the Buddha explains some of the differences between his own system of spiritual self-development and the spiritual systems taught by teachers outside the Buddha’s dispensation.
In this discourse the Buddha describes a total of ten kinds of harmful attitudes that prevent us from making progress on the path: five are labeled as varieties of “mental desolation” (cetokhila) and five as varieties of “mental imprisonment” (cetaso vinibandha).
The Lump of Honey: MN18 Madhupiṇḍika Sutta View: Original
Here we find a very deep and intellectually satisfying discourse about the nature of mental proliferation (papañca), delivered by Venerable Mahā-Kaccāna – one the Buddha’s foremost disciples in giving thorough explanations.
Two Kinds of Thought: MN19 Dvedhāvitakka Sutta View: Original
Here the Buddha describes a practice he did prior to attaining enlightenment: dividing all his thoughts into two separate categories and evaluating the results that each category of thought had on his mind – a practice that is similarly of benefit to any unenlightened being who wishes to purify their mind. He then moves on to explain what he did subsequently to bring his practice to fulfillment.
Of particular interest to meditation practitioners, this discourse describes five techniques for dealing with unwanted, unwholesome thoughts when they intrude upon our mind.
The Lesser Discourse to Saccaka: MN35 Cūḷasaccaka Sutta View: Original
In this amusing discourse, an argumentative philosopher named Saccaka comes to the Buddha and attempts to defeat the Buddha in debate – an attempt that fails spectacularly. Subsequently, the Buddha gives an extended explanation of anattā (the impersonal nature of all phenomena) that Saccaka finds quite convincing.
The Lesser Discourse on the Complete Elimination of Craving: MN37 Cūḷataṇhāsaṅkhaya Sutta View: Original
A discourse centered around a brief and profound Dhamma teaching the Buddha gave to a celestial being (deva) – and Venerable Mahā-Moggallāna’s subsequent endeavor to encourage that being to pay more attention to what the Buddha said.
The Greater Discourse on the Complete Elimination of Craving: MN38 Mahātaṇhāsaṅkhaya Sutta View: Original
A long discourse on the nature of rebirth, consciousness, and direct personal knowledge, culminating with an extended description of the virtuous conduct of a renunciate practitioner.
The Greater Series of Questions: MN43 Mahāvedalla Sutta View: Original
One of the discourses delivered by Venerable Sāriputta, the Buddha’s wisest disciple. The format is one of a series of questions asked by another monk, Ven. Mahākoṭṭhita, covering a wide range of subjects, from the nature of consciousness to different varieties of concentration.
The Lesser Series of Questions: MN44 Cūḷavedalla Sutta View: Original
A discourses delivered by Venerable Dhammadinnā Bhikkhunī, a nun identified by the Buddha as the foremost Dhamma teacher among Buddhist nuns. In it, Venerable Dhammadinnā answers a variety of questions ranging from overcoming self-obsession to the nature of the three kinds of feelings (pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral).
The Discourse at Kosambi: MN48 Kosambiya Sutta View: Original
A famous incident during the Buddha’s time was “The Quarrel at Kosambi,” an ongoing dispute between two groups of monks. In this discourse, the Buddha explains to those monks six kinds of conduct that lead to communal harmony. He then moves on to explain seven characteristics of a stream-enterer – one who has attained the first irreversible stage of enlightenment.
On this occasion, the Buddha was approached by a man grieving for his dead son. The Buddha took the opportunity to explain how attachment to the people and things that we love leads to misery and anguish.
The Greater Discourse of the Full Moon Night: MN109 Mahāpuṇṇama Sutta View: Original
This discourse is a series of questions posed to the Buddha about the five aggregates (body, feeling, recognition, thought, and consciousness), culminating in an explanation of not-self.
Progression: MN111 Anupada Sutta View: Original
For those who are interested in jhāna (deep concentration), in this discourse the Buddha describes the mental constituents of each stage of jhāna in more detail than can be found anywhere else in the Suttas.
Lesser Analysis of Action: MN 135 Cūḷakammavibhaṅga Sutta View: Original
In this discourse, the Buddha describes what actions lead to positive results – longevity, health, beauty, wealth, influence, etc. – and what actions lead to the opposite results.
Analysis of Non-Conflict: MN 139 Araṇavibhaṅga Sutta View: Original
The Buddha describes the path of non-conflict in several different ways, focusing particularly on how we can speak and communicate with others in ways that minimize unnecessary conflict.
Analysis of Truth: MN 141 Saccavibhaṅga Sutta View: Original
This discourse gives a detailed description of the Four Noble Truths, which is the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. It also provides an overview of the Noble Eightfold Path. A detailed explanation of this sutta can be found on Suddhāso’s YouTube page: Analysis of Truth
The Exhortation to Anāthapiṇḍika: MN 143 Anāthapiṇḍikovāda Sutta View: Original
One of Venerable Sāriputta’s discourses, this was given to the famous lay disciple Anāthapiṇḍika on his deathbed. In it, Venerable Sāriputta gives a long list of various things that are not to be clung to.
Great Discourse on the Six Sense Bases: MN 149 Mahāsaḷāyatanika Sutta View: Original
A discourse on how we can relate to the six senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought) in a way that leads to freedom from suffering.
Existence and Non-Existence: SN 12.15 Kaccānagotta Sutta View: Original
Very rarely in the Pāli canon did the Buddha speak about duality. This discourse is one such place, where the Buddha speaks about the duality of existence and non-existence.
The Discourse to the People of Kālāma: AN3.66 Kālāma Sutta View: Annotated
This important discourse explores the subject of faith and belief. The Buddha identifies ten unreliable bases for belief, then demonstrates how we can use our own experiences to arrive at assurance in regards to spiritual practice.