Study Guide to the Majjhima Nikaya

Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli & Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications

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.

The best way to really get a deep understanding of what the Buddha taught is to simply read a LOT of suttas. There is a huge variety of topics and a bewildering array of teaching. But the important points do emerge by themselves with repeated encounters. The following list is organized into groups that reflect the order of importance according to my subjective and unenlightened opinion as to the suttas that stress the important points:


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