SD 20 – 29


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SD 20 (2008): Revulsion (Nibbida) [last update: 2/3/2013]

Those who know true reality are not cheated by falsehood.

SD No.Sutta  or Chapter Title Sutta referenceTheme & YouTube links
20.1Nibbida(Essay)Disillusionment and revulsion in spirituality. (YouTubePart 1aPart 1bPart 2aPart 2b)
20.2Assutava Sutta 1S 12.61Impermanence of mind, dependent arising, nibbida. (YouTubePart 1 Of 2Part 2 Of 2)
20.3Assutava Sutta 2S 12.62Understanding feelings leads to nibbida. (YouTubePart 1 Of 2Part 2 Of 2)
20.4Vivekanissita(Essay)The stages to spiritual liberation. (YouTube)
20.5Moliya Phagguna SuttaS 2.12There is no self behind our mental processes. (YouTube)
20.6Puttamamsa SuttaS 12.53The true nature of food. (YouTube)
20.7Subha TherigathaThi 366-399The true meaning of seeing. (YouTube)
20.8Talaputa SuttaS 42.2How an actor-dancer became a monk. (YouTube)
20.9Talaputa TheragathaTha 1091-1145The joy of spiritual solitude. (YouTube)
20.10 Migajala TheragathaTha 417-422True solitude. (YouTube)
20.11Samiddhi SuttaS 35.68Our senses are the world. (YouTube)
20.12Sona Kolivisa SuttaA 6.55How to balance our spiritual practice. (YouTube)
20.13Samanamacala Sutta 1A 4.87Four types of noble saints. (YouTube)
20.14Samanamacala Sutta 2A 4.88Four types of noble saints. (YouTube)
20.15Punnovada SuttaM 145When are we ready to teach the Dharma?
20.16(Magga) Nava SuttaS 45.158The noble eightfold path leads to awakening.

SD 21 (2008): Views (Ditthi)

How we see depends on how we think: a clear mind sees even with eyes closed.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
21.1Venagapura SuttaA 3.63The Buddha’s qualities and virtues.
21.2Balena Pandita SuttaS 12.19Pro three-life dependent arising.
21.3Ambattha SuttaD 3Religious arrogance versus spiritual openness.
21.4(Devata) Samiddhi SuttaS 1.20The Dharma is right here & now.
21.5Vimuttayatana SuttaA 5.26Can spiritual freedom be won other than through meditation?
21.6Sila samadhi panna: moral virtue, concentration, wisdom(Essay)The three trainings in early Buddhism.
21.7Simsapa SuttaS 56.31All we need to know to be free.
21.8Khadira SuttaS 56.32To be liberated is to know the 4 noble truths.
21.9Methuna SuttaA 7.47The 7 bonds of sexuality.
21.10Maha Malunkyaputta SuttaM 64The 5 mental fetters and the latent tendencies.
21.11Dutiya Acchariya SuttaA 4.128Four marvelous things.
21.12Yamaka SuttaS 22.85The aggregates & the arhat’s indefinable state.
21.13Khandha Anuradha SuttaS 22.86The nature of the liberated saint.
21.14Sekha SuttaM 53The one on the spiritual path to awakening.
21.15Canki SuttaM 95Belief, knowledge and liberation.

SD 22 (2008): Giving & generosity (Dana)

Giving is an appreciation of another’s being—That others’ happiness is also our happiness.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
22.1(Sumana) Dana SuttaA 6.37How to give with wholesome intentions.
22.2Sundarika Bharadvaja SuttaSn 3.4Who is truly worthy of offerings?
22.3Sundarika SuttaS 7.9Who is truly worthy of offerings?
22.4Aputtaka Sutta 1S 3.19Wealth is meant to be enjoyed.
22.5Aputtaka Sutta 2S 3.20Wealth is no assurance for happiness.
22.6aPakkanta SuttaS 17.35Even in gain, the evil decline.
22.6bPañcarathasata SuttaS 17.36Even in gain, the evil decline.
22.7Yajamana SuttaS 11.16Even material giving is fruitful.
22.8Kutadanta SuttaD 5The true sacrifice.
22.9Aggika Bharadvaja SuttaS 7.8The true fire burns within.
22.10aAditta JatakaJ 424What is given is well saved.
22.10bAsadisadana VatthuDhA 13.10The joy of giving.
22.10cSadhu SuttaS 1.33The benefits of giving.
22.11(Pasenadi) Yanna SuttaS 3.9The better sacrifice.
22.12(Dana) Vacchagotta SuttaA 3.57Benefits of wise giving.
22.13Suppavasa SuttaA 4.57Four blessings from giving food.
22.14Sumana Rajakumari SuttaA 5.31The levels of benefits for the giver.
22.15Sappurisa Dana SuttaA 5.148True giving, wealth and their benefits.
22.16Dana Siha SuttaA 5.148Visible fruits of giving.
22.17Puññakiriyavatthu SuttaA 8.36Giving, moral virtue, meditation.

SD 23 (2009): Death & Rebirth

Death is simply a turning to a new page in our book of life.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
23.1a Gati Mahanama Sutta 1S 55.21A true follower will not die in vain.
23.1bGati Mahanama Sutta 2S 55.22A true follower will not die in vain.
23.2aAnathapindika Sutta 1S 55.26Bedside ministry: 10 limbs of streamwinning.
23.2bAnathapindika Sutta 2S 55.27Bedside ministry: 4 limbs of streamwinning.
23.3Yodhajiva SuttaS 42.3The mercenary killer’s karma.
23.4 Gilana Phagguna SuttaA 6.56Benefits of knowing the Dharma at the time of dying.
23.5Chalabhijati SuttaA 6.57We can rise above our own karma.
23.6Hetu SuttaS 24.7How the wrong view of non-causality arises.
23.7Sappurisa SuttaM 113The true individual and the false individual.
23.8aNanakarana Puggala Sutta 1A 4.123Even the gods fall into hell.
23.8bNanakarana Puggala Sutta 2A 4.124Non-return through dhyana.
23.9Anathapindikovada SuttaM 143S?riputta counsels a dying layman.
23.10Karota SuttaS 24.6How the doctrine of non-action arises.
23.11Kukkuravatika SuttaM 57As you act, by that you are reborn.
23.12Danupapatti SuttaA 8.35The morally virtuous giver can choose their rebirth.
23.13Bhava Sutta 1-2A 3.76-77Karma, rebirth and existence.
23.14Viññanatthiti(Essay)The stations for consciousness.
23.15Kutuhalasala SuttaS 44.9Rebirth is driven by karmic fuel.
23.16Dighavu SuttaS 55.3Streamwinning and the 6 constituents of true knowledge.

SD 24 (2009): Mental Concentration (Samadhi) [ISBN 978-981-08-2839-4]

Samadhi is when the mind is fully and blissfully enjoying the present moment.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
24.1Samadhi Bhavana SuttaA 4.41Four kinds of Samadhi.
24.2Bhikkhuni Vasaka SuttaS 47.10Directed and undirected cultivations.
24.3Pabbateyya Gavi SuttaA 9.35How to progress into the dhyanas.
24.4Samadhi Vipphara IddhiVism 12.30Those deep in dhyana cannot be hurt.
24.5Meditation, the brain and survival(Essay)The mind can be independent of the body.
24.6aAnubaddha Bhikkhu SuttaS 47.3The mind can only truly focus in mental solitude.
24.6bWanderers of today(Essay)When the teacher is placed above the Teaching.
24.7(Satipatthana) Maha Kappina SuttaS 57.4Cultivating the breath meditation to reach samadhi.
24.8Anussatitthana Udayi SuttaA 6.29The six bases of recollection.
24.9Junha SuttaU 4.4Sariputta, deep in samadhi, is unharmed by a yaksha’s attack
24.10aSanghatikanna SuttaIt 92How to be close to the Buddha.
24.10bGadrabha Samana SuttaA 3.81Spiritual learning and growth are effected through spiritual training.
24.10c(Ti) Sikkha SuttaA 3.88Moral virtue, mental concentration and wisdom.
24.11Pathama Jhana Panha SuttaS 40.1How to progress in the first dhyana.
24.12aDutiya Jhana Panha SuttaS 40.2How to progress in the second dhyana.
24.12bKolita SuttaS 21.1Moggallana and the noble silence.
24.13Tatiya Jhana Panha SuttaS 40.3Progressing in the third dhyana.
24.14Catuttha Jhana Panha SuttaS 40.4Progressing in the fourth dhyana.
24.15Akasanancayatana Panha SuttaS 40.5Progressing in the sphere of infinite space.
24.16Viññanancayatana Panha SuttaS 40.6Progressing in the sphere of infinite consciousness.
24.17Akincaññayatana Panha SuttaS 40.7Progressing in the sphere of nothingness.
24.18Nevasannanasannayatana Panha SuttaS 40.8Progressing in the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception.
24.19Animitta Cetosamadhi Panha SuttaS 40.9Progressing in signless concentration.
24.20Santatara SuttaIt 73The cessation of feeling and perception is more peaceful than formless states.

SD 25 (2006d): Brahmajala Sutta (The Discourse on the Perfect Net)

SD 25 cover_rev  
SD 25.1 Introduction to the Brahmajala Sutta  
 Sutta referenceTheme
SD 25.2 The Brahmajala Sutta (translation)D 1The 62 bases for wrong views.
A commentarial Guide to the Brahmajala Sutta  

SD 26 (2009): Not-self (anatta) [ISBN 978-981-08-2840-0]

There is no self—it is the idea of a self that limits us.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
26.1Dhamma and Abhidhamma (Essay)The nature and origins of Buddhist scholasticism and the dharma theory.
26.2Buddhist Atomism(Essay)The theories of parama?u and kalapa.
26.3Memes(Essay)How religion imprisons and spirituality liberates.
26.4Anatta Udayi SuttaS 35.234Neither the body nor the mind has a self.
26.5Cula Saccaka SuttaM 35The conversion of a boastful debater.
26.6Chachakka SuttaM 148Understanding the six senses leads to liberation.
26.7Pathama Arahata SuttaS 22.76How arhats arise.
26.8Dhammaniyama SuttaA 3.134The characteristics of impermanence, suffering and not-self.
26.9Self & Selves(Essay)The nature of non-self and personal development.
26.10Atthiraga SuttaS 12.64The nature of the arhat’s consciousness.
26.11Language and discourse(Essay)A brief survey of Buddhist philosophy of language, epistemology & logic.
26.12Samanupassana SuttaS 22.46Looking into the true nature of things.

SD 27 (2009): Psychic power (iddhi) [ISBN 978-981-08-3513-2]

The greatest miracle is that of education.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
27.1Upali SuttaM 56A famous Jain becomes the Buddha’s disciple.
27.2Mahaka Patihariya SuttaS41.4The psychic miracles of the monk Mahaka.
27.3Adhipateyya SuttaA 3.40On the true priorities that brings liberation.
27.4Maha Vacchagotta SuttaM 73Awakening of Vaccha,gotta as an arhat.
27.5aMiracles(Essay)The nature of supernatural and psychic powers.
27.5bMiraculous storiesBuddhist-Christian Parallels(Essay)Crossroads and by-paths in personal spirituality.
27.6aPindola Bharadvaja Suttas, stories & significance of Pi??ola in the Pali sources.
 Pindola BharadvajaU4.6Pindola as an exemplary monk and mediator.
 Pindola Bharadvaja SuttaS 36.127Pindola teaches Udena to overcome sensual lust.
 Pindola Bharadvaja VatthuDhA 14.2.2aPindola gives a public display of psychic power.
27.6bArhats who became bodhisattvas(Essay)Stories & truth in Buddhist literature.
27.7Iddhi Moggallana SuttaS 51.31Moggallana’s psychic powers.
27.8Pasadakampana Moggallana SuttaS 51.14Using psychic powers to discipline others.

SD 28 (2009): Parables 1 [ISBN 978-981-08-3533-0]

Our minds create the stories we live in.

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
28.1Asivisopama SuttaS 35.238The 4 elements, the aggregates & liberation.
28.2aVuttha Vassavasa SuttaA 9.11How to cultivate impartiality and humility.
28.2b(Sihanada) Sariputta Thera VatthuDhA 7.6A saint is never offended.
28.3Rathavinita SuttaM 24The stages of spiritual purification and liberation.
28.4(Samyojana) Kotthita Sutta

S 35.191

S:B 35.232

The Buddha has sense-experiences but is not fettered by them.
28.5Darukkhandha SuttaS 35.241Keeping to the middle way leads to liberation.
28.6Udakupama SuttaA 7.15Levels of spiritual commitment and attainment.
28.7aGaddulabaddha Sutta 1S 22.99Dealing with the five aggregates.
28.7bGaddulabaddha Sutta 2S 22.100Dealing with the five aggregates.
28.8Vina sutta or Vinopama SuttaS 35.246Training the mind to overcome sense-desires.
28.9aPindolya SuttaS 22.80The true purpose of the spiritual life.
28.9bJivika SuttaIt 91The true purpose of the spiritual life.
28.9cYasoja SuttaIt 3.3Spiritual resilience in the face of rejection.
28.10(Khandha) Udayi SuttaS 46.30Maha Udayi’s lion-roar.
28.11Latukikopama SuttaM 66Overcoming all the fetters.
28.12 Vatthupama SuttaM 7We are purified internally by the mind.
28.13Vammika SuttaM 23Similes for the spiritual training.
28.14Iddhipada Vibhanga SuttaS 51.20Keeping our meditation balanced.
28.15Suda SuttaS 47.8Meditation is like good cooking.

SD 29 (2010) Elements [ISBN 978-981-08-4218-5]

Mind Matters

SD No.Sutta or Chapter TitleSutta referenceTheme
29.1aBahu Dhatuka SuttaM 115The 18-elements, dependent arising, possibilities.
29.1bOn women’s Inabilities(Essay)A comparative study of a controversial section of the Bahu Dhatuka Sutta (M 115) and its parallels.
29.2Sattatthana SuttaS 22.57A synchronic view of the aggregates.
29.3Unnabha Brahmana SuttaS 48.425 physical sense-faculties do not overlap.
29.4Upaya SuttaS 22.53Letting go of the five aggregates.
29.5Salayatana Vibhanga SuttaM 137Feelings and the spiritual life.
29.6aThe body in Buddhism(Essay)The matter of the mind: a psychological investigation.
29.6bThe person in Buddhism(Essay)Freeing the body, liberating the mind: a psychological investigation.
29.7Hatthipadupama SuttaS 35.236 fThe relativity of mind and body
29.8Sanidana SuttaS 14.12Wrong thoughts are conditioned.
29.9Dhatunanatta SuttaS 14.1The components of our being.
29.10Eja Sutta 1S 35.90Not conceiving the senses in any way (abridged).
29.11Eja Sutta 2S 35.91Not conceiving the senses in any way (in full).
29.12(Dhatu) Samanabrahmana Sutta 1S 14.37Gratification, danger and escape regarding the elements.
29.13(Dhatu) Samanabrahmana Sutta 2S 14.38Arising, passing away, gratification, danger & escape regarding the elements.
29.14(Dhatu) Samanabrahmana Sutta 3S 14.39Elements and the 4 noble truths.
29.15Ganda SuttaA 9.15The nine bodily openings.
29.16(Sankhitta) Catu Dhatu SuttaS 14.30The four elements in brief.
29.17(Dhatu) Pubbe Sambodha SuttaA 9.15The Buddha’s reflections on the elements.
29.18Acarim SuttaS 14.32The Buddha’s reflections on the elements.
29.19Samugghata Saruppa SuttaS 35.30Non-conceiving the senses.
29.20Samugghata Sappaya Sutta 1S 35.31Non-conceiving the senses.
29.21Samugghata Sappaya Sutta 2S 35.32Non-conceiving the senses.