Exploring the Words of the Buddha

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

MN = Majjhima_Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha)
SN = Saṃyutta Nikāya (Connected Discourses of the Buddha)
AN = Aṅguttara Nikāya (Numerical Discourses of the Buddha)
DN = Dīgha Nikāya (Long Discourses of the Buddha)

The following course on Buddhism is based on the text The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya. This course was recently suggested to me by my old friend Chuck Beatty. I plan to subject clear this course and record my thoughts.

In doing this course, it is important to have the following references handy.

TEXT: Majjhima_Nikaya

  1. Contents
  2. List of Abbreviations
  3. Summary of Sutta
  4. Notes on Sutta
  5. Glossary


The Course

A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya

MN 26:13 = Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 26 Section 13
MN 26 (1 – 4) = MN 26:1 to MN 26:4

I.  The Buddha’s Enlightenment

  1. MN 26 The Noble Search
  2. MN 4 Fear and Dread
  3. MN 36 The Greater Discourse to Saccaka
  4. MN 12 The Greater Discourse on the Lion’s Roar

II. Approaching the Dhamma

III.  The Ethical Life

IV. Deepening One’s Perspective on the World

V.  The Path to Liberation (General)

VI. The Practice in Detail

VII.  The Cultivation of Wisdom

VIII.  The Tathāgata

IX. Life in the Sangha



  1. Introduction to Comments
  2. Grade Chart of Buddhism


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