SD 50 – 59 (in progress)


(a) A sutta whose title is preceded by an asterisk (*) means that it is only an excerpt.

(b) All files are in pdf.

SD 50a: Awakening & nirvana (part 1) [isbn 978-981-11-3004-5]

If life is a dream, when sleep ends, then naturally comes awakening.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
50.0SD 50 a contents & TMC activities  
50.1Nibbana Patisamyutta Sutta 1U 8.1The full nirvana pericope.
50.2Nibbana Patisamyutta Sutta 2U 8.2The “bent-free” (anata) nirvana formula.
50.3Nibbana Patisamyutta Sutta 3U 8.3The “birth-free” (ajata) nirvana formula.
50.4Nibbana Patisamyutta Sutta 4U 8.4The “non-dependent” (anissita) nirvana formula.
50.5(Iti) Indriya SuttaIt 3.2.3The 3 faculties of final knowledge.
50.6(Janussoni) Nibbana SuttaA 3.55Nirvana as a personal experience.
50.7Jhanabhinna SuttaS 16.9The 9 progressive abodes of arhathood.
50.8Maradheyya SuttaU 3.1.10The nature of Mara in terms of existence.
50.9(Catukka) Pariyesana SuttaA 4.252 = A:B 4.255Ignoble quests and noble quests.
50.10Bilangka SuttaS 7.4The bad karma of harming the innocent returns to the doer.
50.11Orambhagiya SuttaS 45.179The 5 lower fetters and the eightfold path.
50.12Uddhambhagiya SuttaS 45.180The 5 higher fetters and the eightfold path.
50.13Nibbanadhatu SuttaIt 2.2.7The 2 ways of viewing nirvana.
50.14(Dasaka) Abhabba SuttaA 10.100The 10 hindrances to attaining arhathood.
50a Bibliography
Backcover: 20 reasons for translating suttas


SD 50b: awakening & nirvana (part 2) [ISBN 978-981-11-3903-1] 

If life is a dream, when sleep ends, then naturally comes awakening.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
 50bContents & TMC activities  
50.15(Ananda) Sankhitta Dhamma SuttaS 35.86To Ananda on awakening.
50.16No Cedam SuttaS 14.33The purpose of the spiritual life.
50.17Sasankhara Patipada SuttaA 4.169The 4 ways of attaining nirvana.
50.18(Kamma) Ariya Magga SuttaA 4.235The 4 kinds of karma in terms of result.
50.19(Catukka) Samyojana SuttaA 4.131The 3 kinds of saints (rebirth and existence).
50.20Dhaniya Sutta
Sn 1.2Worldly joy verses spiritual joy.
50.21 Ahimsaka SuttaS 7.5Non-violent in word and in deed.
50.22 Jata SuttasS 1.23; S 7.6; Vism 1.1 – 1.8 Cutting the inner tangle.
50.23 Suddhika (Bharadvaja) SuttaS 7.7Spiritual purity is the highest.
50.24 Bahudhitara SuttaS 7.10Having nothing is true happiness.
50.25 (Navaka) Sanditthika Sutta 1 & 2A 9.46; A 9.47The state that is directly experienced.
50.26(Navaka) Nibbana SuttaA 9.48The progress to nirvana.
50.27 (Navaka) Parinibbana SuttaA 9.49The progress to nirvana.
50.28(Navaka) Tadanga Nibbana SuttaA 9.50The progress to nirvana.
50.29 (Navaka) Ditthadhamma Nibbana SuttaA 9.51The progress to nirvana.
50.30 (Navaka) Kayasakkhi SuttaA 9.43The one who gains the formless attainments.
50.31 (Navaka) Pannavimutta SuttaA 9.44The one liberated by insight wisdom.
50.32 (Navaka) Ubhatobhagavimutta SuttaA 9.45The one liberated in body and mind.
50.33 (Kamma) Bojjhanga SuttaA 4.236Karma and the awakening factors.
50.34 Navakammika SuttaS 7.17The Buddha’s work is done.
50.35 Mahasala SuttaS 7.14A father’s love, and gratitude.
50.36 Manatthaddha SuttaS 7.15Respect to whom respect is due.
50.37 Paccanika SuttaS 7.16Being open to others.
50.38 Katthahara SuttaS 7.18The Buddha resorts to the forest awakened and joyful.
50.39 Matuposaka SuttaS 7.19Filial piety and aims-receiving.
50.40 Bhikkhaka SuttaS 7.20True purpose of living on alms (renunciation).
50.41 (Udaka Suddhika) Sangarava SuttaS 7.21Purification through virtue, not ritual.
50.42Khomadussa SuttaS 7.22Goodness in high places.
SD 50b Bibliography
SD 50 b Back cover  20 reasons for translating the suttas.


SD 51a: Effort & energy (PART 2) [ISBN 978-981-11-4859-0] 

Self-effort is the basis of spiritual salvation

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
51a51a contents & TMC activities  
51.0Kammakarana VaggaA 2.1 – A 2.10The significance of spiritual effort.
51.1 (Duka) Vajja SuttaA 2.1Karma with present fruit and future fruit.
51.2 (Duka) Padhana SuttaA 2.2The highest striving is the abandoning of all acquisitions.
51.3a (Duka) Tapaniya SuttaA 2.3Avoiding practices that torment us.
51.3b (Iti) Tapaniya SuttaIt 30Practices that bring torment.
51.4a (Duka) Atapaniya SuttaA 2.4Practices that do not bring torment.
51.4b (Iti) Atapaniya SuttaIt 2.1.4Practices that do not bring torment.
51.5(Duka) Upannata SuttaA 2.5Unrelentingly advancing in spiritual cultivation.
51.6(Duka) Sannojana SuttaA 2.6What holds us to suffering; what frees us from suffering.
51.7 (Duka) Vassupanayika SuttaA 2.10The 2 rains-entries.
51.8 Sallekha SuttaM 8Self-effacement and its true purpose.
51.9 Citta Hatthisariputta SuttaA 6.60The dangers of a monastic socializing. 
51.9(1.3.2)Avila Udakarahada Sutta (download file from the above link)A 1.5.5A clouded mind will not awaken.
51.9(1.3.3) Accha Udakarahada Sutta (download file from 51.9 above)A 1.5.6A clear mind will be able to awaken. 
51.10Cetokhila Suttas:  
51.10(2.3.1)Sangiti SuttaD 33,2.1(19)The 5 mental barrennesses.
51.10(2.3.2)Sangiti SuttaD 33,2.1(20)The 5 mental bandages.
51.10a(Pancaka) Cetokhila SuttaA 5.205The 5 mental barrennesses.
51.10b(Navaka) Cetokhila SuttaA 9.71 The 5 mental barrennesses are overcome by the 4 satipatthanas.
51.10c(Pancaka) Cetaso Vinibandha SuttaA 5.206The 5 mental bandages.
51.10d(Navaka) Cetaso Vinibandha SuttaA 9.72The 5 mental bandages are overcome by the 4 satipatthanas.
51.11(Suttanipata) Padhana SuttasSn 3.2The Buddha’s great striving for awakening.
51.12(Khetta) Desana SuttaS 42.7The 3 fields and the Buddha’s priorities.
51.13(Bojjhanga) Aggi SuttaS 46.53Overcoming sluggishness and agitation.
51.end Bibliography  


SD 51B: Effort & energy (part 2) [ISBN 978-981-11-6187-2] 

Self-effort is the basis of spiritual salvation

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
51b51b contents & TMC activities  
51.14(Pancaka) Padhana SuttaA 5.53The 5 supports for spiritual endeavour.
51.15Samayasamaya SuttaA 5.54The best conditions for spiritual striving.
51.15(1.2a)Dullabha Vuddhapabbajita Sutta 1A 5.59The 5 qualities difficult to find in one who renounces when old.
51.15(1.2b)Dullabha Vuddhapabbajita Sutta 2A 5.60The 5 qualities difficult to find in one who renounces when old.
51.16(Catukka) Appassuta SuttaA 4.6Learning and spiritual progress.
51.17 (Catukka) Sobhana SuttaA 4.7How a community is corrupted or beautified.
51.17(1.1)(Pancaka) Sobhana SuttaA 5.233The 5 qualities of a monastic renunciant.
51.17(2)(Catukka) Parisa sutta 2A 4.211The corruptors and the beautifiers of an assembly.
51.17(3.4)(Tika) Parisa Sutta.A 3.132The 3 kinds of assemblies in terms of training.
51.18Asamsa Bhikkhu SuttaA 3.13Who we are, what we are, and beyond.
51.19(Catukka) Vesarajja SuttaA 4.8The 4 certain qualities of the Buddha.
51.20(Catukka) Sancetana SuttaA 4.171Karma is rooted in ignorance and often occurs without our knowledge.
51.21(Catukka) Padhana Sutta 1A 4.13The 4 right strivings.
51.21(2)(Catukka) Padhana Sutta 2A 4.69The fourfold dynamics of spiritual striving. 
51.22 Patthana Sutta 1A 5.135The true purpose of renunciation.
51.22(2)Patthana Sutta 2A 5.136The true purpose of renunciation.
51.23Sarabha SuttaA 3.64A wanderer tries to degrade the Dharma and the Buddha’s response.
51.23(1.2)Gitassara SuttaA 5.209Why the texts should not be chanted in a musical manner.
51.24Utthana SuttaSn 2.10The most urgent task of spiritual cultivation.
51.25 Arakkheyya SuttaS 7.55The Buddha has nothing to hide.
51.26 (Tika) Bhaya SuttaA 3.62Understanding and overcoming the suffering of separation.
Back cover20 reasons for translating suttas


SD 52.1: Miraculous life of gotama buddha ISBN 978-981-11-7432-2 (E-book)
SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
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Miraculous life of Gotama Buddha

 E-bookA study in the psychology of mythology of the historical Bodhisattva.


SD 52b: parables 2 [ISBN 978-981-11-7431-5] (2018b)

A parable speaks our thoughts with the heart

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
52b.0Contents and TMC activities
52.2Acchariya,abbhuta SuttaM 123The miraculous qualities of the Buddha.
52.2aAcchariya,abbhuta Sutta 1A 4.127Boundless radiance in Buddha’s life.
52.2bAcchariyaabbhuta Sutta 2A 4.128Overcoming attachment, conceit, etc.
52.2cAcchariya,abbhuta Sutta 3A 4.129Ananda’s 4 charismatic qualities.
52.2dAcchariya,abbhuta Sutta 4A 4.130Ananda’s charisma is like a wheel-turner.
52.2e(Radha) Satta Sutta S 23.2Satta as “being” and as “stuck.”
52.2ff(Udana) Satta Sutta 1U 7.1How not to be stuck to suffering.
52.2g(Udana) Satta Sutta 2U 7.2Lust blinds and traps us.
52.3Kesi SuttaA 4.111How the Buddha trains his disciples.
52.4(Sotapatti) Ananda SuttaS 22.83Punna Mantaniputta and Ananda’s attainment of streamwinning.
52.5Vanapattha SuttaM 17On the conduciveness of monastic dwellings.
52.6Maha Gopalaka SuttaM 33Parable of the bad and good cowherd.
52.7Dhanuggaha SuttaS 20.6Life is brief: strive on heedfully.
52.8aRohitassa Sutta 1A 4.45The world’s end cannot be reached by going.
52.8bRohitassa Sutta 2A 4.46The world’s end cannot be reached by going.
52.9Samudda Sutta 1S 35.187Our senses are like an ocean.
52.10aRaga Sutta 1It 68Greed, hate, delusion are Mara’s traps.
52.10bRaga Sutta 2It 69Our negative emotions are the raging ocean.
52.11Nadisota SuttaIt 109Our negative emotions are like a river current.
52.12Aggikkhandhupama SuttaS 7.68Renunciants should be worthy of their offering.
52.13f Nagaropama SuttaA 7.63The spiritually disciplined is like a citadel.



SD 53a: truth and reality 1 (2018c)

Theme: seeing true reality frees us from itself.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
53.0Contents & imprint
53.1Gavampati SuttaS 56.30Penetrating any of the 4 truths, penetrate all of them.
53.2Andhakara SuttaS 56.46The dark interstices of outer space.
53.3Tevijja Vacchagotta SuttaM 71On the Buddha’s knowledge and salvation.
53.4(Digha) Mahali SuttaD 6The true purpose of the spiritual life.
53.5Dittha Suta Muta VinnataEssayThe 4 means of cognition.
53.6Vohara SuttasA 4.247-250 & A 8.67-68Wrong ways and right ways of speaking.
53.7(Vangisa) Arati SuttaS 8.2Self-counselling a lustful mind.
53.8Maha Saropama SuttaM 29Worldly success is not spiritual progress.
53.9Cula Saropama SuttaM 30Spiritual goal is not acquisition but awakening.
53.10Kimsuka Sutta; Kimsukopama JatakaS 35.204; J 248True teachers teach according to the manner of their awakening; 4 different means to the same awakening.
53.11Miccha Ditthi Sutta; Micchaditthi Pahana SuttaS 22.153; S 35.164Wrong view is the grasping of views; overcoming wrong views.
53.12Sakkayaditthi Sutta; Sakkayaditthi Pahana SuttaS 22.154; S 35.165Self-identity view is the grasping of craving; overcoming self-identity view.
53.13Attanuditthi SuttaS 35.165; S 35.166Self-view is the grasping of conceit; the 6 senses are non-self.
53a Bibliography
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