I have prepared short study guides to the Buddha's Discourses to help
people get started reading the Suttas. All references are to the
Wisdom Publications editions.
Links to these editions can be found on my Reading List.
Study Guide to the Digha Nikaya
The Digha Nikaya is probably the easiest place to start reading the Suttas.
It contains stories which you might find more engaging than the bare teachings of some of the other collections.
And it contains 2 of the most important Suttas: DN#2 and DN#22, as well as a wealth of other excellent material.
Study Guide to the Majjhima Nikaya
The Majjhima Nikaya is a collection of 152 suttas of a "middle length" covering a wide range
of topics. It has been suggested that the suttas in this collection were intended as a set
of study texts for newly ordained monks as they pursued spiritual development.
Study Guide to the Samyutta Nikaya
The Samyutta Nikaya contains 2,889 suttas grouped into five sections (vaggas).
Each vagga is further divided into samyuttas, each of which in turn contains a group of
suttas on related topics.
Sutta CommentariesUnder Construction
There are ancient commentaries to almost all of the Buddha's discourses. Some of these have
been translated into English and are readily available. Additionally, there are modern
commentaries to some of the most important suttas.