SD 10 – 19


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SD 10 (2006b): The limbs of awakening

Awakening is a natural process—if we do not hinder it.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
10.1Bodhipakkhiya Dhamma(Essay)The 37 limbs of awakening.
10.2(Catu) Padhana SuttaA 4.14The four right efforts.
10.3Catu IddhipadaS 51The 4 bases of success.
10.4Panc’indriya / (Indriya) Datthabba Sutta / (Bahira) Patipanna Sutta / Apana SuttaS 48.6; S 48.8; S 48.18; S 48.50The 5 spiritual faculties.
10.5Panca Bala(Essay)The five powers.
10.6Dhammapada 97Dh 97The two levels of religious language
10.7Pubba Kotthaka SuttaS 48.44The nature of faith in Buddhism.
10.8Kannakatthala SuttaM 90Omniscience; the 4 castes; do the gods return to earth?
10.9(Deva) Sangarava SuttaM 100Do gods exist?
10.10(Kosambi) Unnabha SuttaS 51.15Not all desires are bad, or the path to success.
10.11Metta Sahagata Sutta = Haliddavasana SuttaS 46.54How lovingkindness leads to awakening.
10.12Haliddakani Sutta 1S 22.3On true renunciation.
10.13Maha Assapura SuttaM 39A recluse should be worth his salt.
10.14Bhikkhuni SuttaA 4:159Fighting poison with poison.
10.15Bojjhanga Sila SuttaS 46.3Spiritual friendship and sainthood.
10.16Ariya Atthangika MaggaEssayThe noble eightfold path.

SD 11 (2006a): Emptiness

True emptiness is the breaking of all barriers, especially selfishness.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
11.1Kitagiri SuttaM 70Faith, learning and sainthood.
11.2The Great CommissionV 1:15-21The story of Yasa, the sending of the first missioners.
11.3Cula Suññata SuttaM 121The realization of impermanence in the highest meditation.
11.4Maha Suññata SuttaM 122The joy of spiritual solitude.
11.5Parivimamsana SuttaS 12.51How dependent arising leads to Nirvana.
11.6Brahma Baka SuttaS 6.4A High God has wrong view.
11.7Brahma Nimantanika SuttaM 49The Buddha defeats a God-Devil league in high heaven.
11.8Mulapariyaya SuttaM 1The nature of primary sources or concepts.
11.9Mulapariyaya JatakaJ 245How conceit prevents awakening.
11.10Gotamaka Cetiya SuttaA 3.123Conclusion to the Mulapariyaya Sutta.
11.11Sacca Vibhanga SuttaM 141The four noble truths and spiritual friendship.
11.12Channovada SuttaM 144 = S 35.87Suicide and Buddhism.
11.13Ani SuttaS 20.7How to prevent the disappearance of the Dharma.
11.14Samma Ditthi SuttaM 9Sariputta on the nature of direct spiritual experience.

SD 12 (2005d): Brahma (the High God)

The gods we worship often reflects our desires and dislikes.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
12.1Why the Buddha “hesitated” to teach(Essay)Events leading up to the First Discourse.
12.2Ayacana SuttaS 6.1Brahma invites the Buddha to teach the Dharma.

Garava Sutta 

S 6.2Even the Teacher respects the Teaching.
12.4Brahmadeva SuttaS 6.3The High God does not need any offering.
12.5Samudayadhamma Sutta 1S 22.126Reflection on impermanence of the 5 aggregates.
12.6Avijja SuttaS 33.79How true knowledge arises.
12.7(Ajjhatta) Nandikkhaya SuttaS 35.155The senses are impermanent.
12.8(Bahiddha) Nandikkhaya SuttaS 35.156Sense-objects are impermanent.
12.9a(Khandha) Nandikkhaya Sutta 1S 22.51Mental liberation through reflecting the aggregates as impermanent.
12.9b(Khandha) Nandikkhaya Sutta 2S 22.52Mental liberation through wisely considering the aggregates.
12.10Panca Sekhabala SuttaS 5.2Qualities leading to arhathood.
12.11(Satipatthana) Vibhanga SuttaS 47.40Insight through impermanence.
12.12Anicca Sañña Sutta (130318)S 22.102The perception of impermanence.
12.13(Chakka) Anicca SuttaA 6.98How to be certain of the right path to liberation.
12.14Kinci Sankhara SuttaA 6.93Things one with right view would never do.
12.15(Dasaka) Añña Sutta or Adhimana SuttaA 10.86Mere book learning does not lead to liberation.
12.16Rahogata Sutta 2S 52.2Vipassana through satipatthana.
12.17Rahogata Sutta 1S 52.1Advanced satipatthana practice.
12.18Nalanda SuttaS 47.12Sariputta’s lion-roar; his last meeting with the Buddha.
12.19Sedaka SuttaS 47.19Truly guiding self and guiding others.
12.20(Satipatthana) Mitta SuttaS 47.48Exhort others to practise Satipatthana.
12.21Kayagatasati SuttaM 119Satipatthana through watching the body.
12.22(Anapana,samadhi) Kimbila SuttaS 54.10Satipatthana via breath meditation.
12.23Aghata Pativinaya Sutta 1A 5.161Anger management.

SD 13 (2005, 2008, 2008, 2013): The Satipatthana Suttas [ISBN 978-981-07-7314-4]

What is satipatthana?

It is about understanding yourself.

When you understand your body, you understand feelings;

when you understand feeling, you understand your mind;

when you understand your mind, you see true reality

that is liberating.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
13.0SD 13 contents  
13.1The Satipatthana Suttas: an introduction(Essay)A quest for the original Satipatthana Sutta.
13.2Maha Satipatthana SuttaD 22The great discourse on the four focuses of mindfulness.
13.3Satipatthana SuttaM 10The 4 focuses of mindfulness.
13.4Satipatthana Mula (by Sujato Bhikkhu) A reconstructed Satipatthana Sutta.

SD 14 (2007a; 2nd rev 2012): Self-identity view (Sakkaya ditthi) [ISBN  978-981-07-3849-5] (last update: 28/09/12)

Self-identity view is the notion that one cannot really change.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
14.0SD 14 contents & TMC activities  
14.1Anta SuttaS 22.103“Self-identity” in the light of the four noble truths.
14.2Nagara SuttaS 12.65How the Buddha was awakened: the parable of the city.
14.3Maha Sakyamuni Gotama SuttaS 12.10How the Buddha was awakened.
14.4Nagara Sutta, Maha Sakyamuni Gotama Sutta and Nagara Sutta (Sanskrit)S 12.10 & its Sanskrit ver; S 12.65Comparative study of Nagara Sutta, Maha Sakyamuni Gotama Sutta & Nagara Sutra
14.5Magga Vibhanga SuttaS 45.8A definition of the path factors.
14.6Assada Sambodha SuttaA 3.101The suffering world and the way out.
14.7Assada Samanabrahmana SuttaA 3.102Escape from the world and suffering is possible.
14.8(Catukka) Abhaya SuttaA 4.184Overcoming the fear of death.
14.9Pubba Sambodha Sutta 1 (ajjhatta) S 35.13The sense-faculties can never satisfy one completely.
14.10Pubba Sambodha Sutta 2 (Bahiddha)S 35.14The sense-objects can never satisfy one completely.
14.11Satta Jatila SuttaS 3.11How to recognize an arhat.
14.12Thana SuttaA 4.192How to truly know a person’s character.
14.13Khemaka SuttaS 22.89Overcoming self-notions.
14.14Sampasadaniya SuttaD 28Sariputta’s lion-roar and the 16 unsurpassable virtues of the Buddha.
14.15Anuttariya Sutta 2A 6.30Six supreme qualities conducive to spiritual liberation.

SD 15 (2006c): Mental cultivation (Bhavana) [ISBN 978-981-08-3490-6]

Meditation is a journey through the present moment into the timelessness of true bliss.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
15.1Bhavana(Essay)Mental cultivation: The basic principles of early Buddhist meditation.
15.2Vasijata Sutta or Nava Bhavana SuttaS 22.101How to meditate = Nava Bhavana Sutta (A 7.67).
15.3(Chakka) Mahanama Sutta or (Agataphala) Mahanama SuttaA 6.10The six recollections of the saints.
15.4(Vitthara) Satta Sanna SuttaA 7.46Seven meditation methods leading to the deathfree.
15.5Dhajagga SuttaS 11.3The recollection of the Three Jewels.
15.6Sambadhokasa SuttaA 6.26How to awaken as a lay follower.
15.7 Buddhanussati, (Catukka) Loka Sutta, (Tathagata) Loka SuttaA 4.23; It 112A recollection of the Buddha’s nine virtues.
15.8aSanditthika Dhamma Brahmana SuttaA 3.53The nature of the Dharma.
15.8bParibbajaka Brahmana SuttaA 3.54The purpose of the Dharma.
15.9DhammanussatiVism 7.68-99The recollection of six virtues of the Buddha’s Teaching and Truth.
15.10aSanghanussati: recollection on the sangha. Attha Puggala Sutta 1, Attha Puggala Sutta 2,A 8.59; A 8.60; Vism 7.89-100The 9 virtues of the noble community.
15.10b(Sangha) Uposatha SuttaA 4.190The spiritual benefits of being a noble disciple.
15.11SilanussatiVism 7.101-106The power of one’s moral goodness.
15.12CaganussatiVism 7.107-114The power of giving.
15.13DevatanussatiVism 7.115-118Meditating on one’s own godliness.

SD 16 (2007c): Impermanence (Anicca)

Impermanence means we have the chance to change for the better.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
16.1Dighanakha SuttaM 74Understanding feelings overcomes wrong view; Sariputta’s awakening.
16.2(Vicarita) Tanha SuttaA 4.199The 108 thought-courses motivated by craving.
16.3Nivarana Pahana Vagga A 1.2The five mental hindrances: their causes and ending.
16.4(Akusalamula) Annatitthiya SuttaA 3.68The nature of the 3 unwholesome roots.
16.5(Sotapatti) Sariputta Sutta 2S 55.5Definitions of streamwinning.
16.6Velama SuttaA 9.20On right giving and the highest thought.
16.7(Anicca) Cakkhu SuttaS 25.1How to reach the path in this life itself.
16.8(Arahatta) Susima SuttaS 12.70Attaining arhathood through insight.
16.9Avijja Pahana Sutta 2S 35.80How to let go of “all things”
16.10(Tika) Sangarava SuttaA 3.60The greatest miracle is education.
16.11Vipallasa SuttaA 4.49Perverted perceptions, thoughts and views.
16.12(Vangisa) Ananda SuttaS 8.4How to overcome lust.
16.13Time and time again: Udaya Sutta; Assu SuttaS 7.12; S 15.3Reflections on the cycle of life; S 7.12: the repetition cycle of life;  S 15.3: the true nature of cyclic life.
16.14Somanassa SuttaIt 37Samvega and its benefits.
16.15Kosala Sutta 1A 10.29Even the best or highest, except nirvana, is impermanent.
16.16Gilanadassana SuttaS 41.10How the dying lay-disciple Citta counsels the living.
16.17Araka SuttaA 7.70Life is short: It’s time to awaken!

SD 17a (4th rev 2020): The Five Aggregates (Pañca,k-khandha)

WHO we are is a social construction; WHAT we are is a healing deconstruction.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme & YouTube links
17.0aSD 17a contents SD 17a contents & imprints
17.1a(Dve) Khandha SuttaS 22.48The physical and mental limits of our being.
17.1bAbhijana SuttaS 22.24The 5 aggregates have to be directly known.
17.2aKhandha 1: Rupa(Essay)A study of the 1st aggregate as the 4 elements. (YouTube links: Part 1aPart 1bPart 1cPart 1dPart 2aPart 2bPart 2cPart 2d [Q&A]).
17.2bMatter and moments(Essay)The phase of matter and the theory of moments. (YouTube)
17.3Khandha 2: Vedana (feeling)(Essay)A study of the 2nd aggregate. (YouTube: Part 1 Of 2. Part 2 Of 2)
17.4Khandha 3: Sañña (perception)(Essay)A study of the 3rd aggregate.
17.5Sañña Nanatta SuttaS 14.7How we interpret our sense-experiences.
17.6Khandha 4: sankhara (formations)(Essay)A study of the 4th aggregate.
17.7(Tika) Rathakara SuttaA 3.15The nature of abhisankhara (volition / karma).

SD 17b (5th ed 2020): The Five Aggregates (Pañca,k-khandha)

Consciousness is what we make of the world:it is mostly a dream we need to awake from.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
17.0bSD 17b contents Contents and imprint
17.8Khandha 5: vinnana (consciousness)(Essay)A study of the 5th aggregate (based on the Suttas and Commentaries).
17.8bThe unconscious(Essay)How the mind works, or are we really in control?
17.8cMeditation and consciousness(Essay)A random survey of recent developments.
17.9Khajjaniya SuttaS 22.79Understanding the aggregates leads to liberation.
17.10(Khandha) Aditta SuttaS 22.61The aggregates burn with pain.
17.11Maha Punnama SuttaM 109 = S 22.82The 5 aggregates, clinging, identity view and non-self.
17.12Phenapinda SuttaS 22.95The true nature of the aggregates.
17.13Indriya Bhavana SuttaM 152How to master the sense and awaken.
17.14Bhara SuttaS 22.22There is no “person” in the aggregates.
17.15Lokayatika SuttaS 12.48The middle way between extreme views.
17.16Udana SuttaS 22.55Consciousness works with the aggregates.

SD 18 (2007d): Karma 2

Can you really help what you are doing?

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
18.1Karma(Essay)Moral and psychological ethics as taught in the early Buddhist texts.
18.2Mula SuttaA 3.69The Discourse on the Roots.
18.3Vitthara Patipada SuttaA 4.162The (Detailed) Progress on the Modes of Progress.
18.4Devadaha SuttaM 101Self-mortification, fatalism, karma and omniscience.
18.5(Pabbajja) Acelaka Kassapa SuttaS 12.17True nature of action and the middle way.
18.6(Tamojoti) Puggala SuttaS 3.21Two kinds of decline and two kinds of progress.
18.7Beyond Good and Evil(Essay)Moral virtues as means and as ends.
18.8(Akusala) Kamma Nidana SuttaA 10.174The negative root causes of Karma.
18.9Samanamandika SuttaM 78The arhat is beyond good or evil.
18.10Channa Paribbajaka SuttaA 3.171On overcoming the three unwholesome roots.
18.11Virtue Ethics(Essay)A naturalistic approach to karma and rebirth, or being good as if everyone matters.

SD 19 (2008): The meditation sign (Nimitta)

If we do not let go of the past, we are already dead.

If we do not let go of the future, we are not born yet.

If we do not let go of the present,

we will never advance on the path to liberation.

Let go!

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
19.1“I”: the nature of identity(Essay)How selfishness arises.
19.2a“Me”: the nature of conceit(Essay)Psychological complexes & narcissism.
19.2bKhema Sumana SuttaA 6.49The arhat has no notion of status.
19.3“Mine”: the nature of craving(Essay)Craving, eternalism and annihilationism.
19.4(Arahatta) Anuruddha SuttaA 3.128Anuruddha’s awakening.
19.5Anuruddha Mahavitakka SuttaA 8.30The joy of the spiritual life.
19.6Mahapurisa SuttaS 47.11Who is truly great?
19.7Nimitta(Essay)The radiant and blissful meditation sign.
19.8Piti SuttaA 5.176Lay followers and spiritual solitude.
19.9Niddasavatthu SuttaA 7.18The full spiritual training in 7 stages.
19.10(Sariputta) Niddasavatthu SuttaA 7.39The full spiritual training.
19.11Pamsudhovaka SuttaA 3.100aRefining our meditation practice.
19.12Nimitta SuttaA 3.100bSamadhi, effort and equanimity.
19.13Atammayata(Essay)Non-identification, deconstruction and non-duality.
19.14Nimitta and anuvyanjana(Essay)Sense-restraint & wise attention: how to master the senses.
19.15Chapana SuttaS 35.247Taming the animal-like sense-faculties.
19.16Girimananda SuttaA 10.60The 10 meditations for the sick.
19.17Kummopama SuttaS 35.240The benefit of restraining the senses.