The Samyutta Nikaya

The Grouped Discourses


Samyutta Nikaya XXII.48

Khandha Sutta


Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu 

At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said, "Monks, I will teach you the five aggregates & the five aggregates of clinging/sustenance. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "Now what, monks, are the five aggregates?

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Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta


Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth

Translated from the Pali by Piyadassi Thera

Thus have I heard:

On one occasion the Blessed One was living in the Deer Park at Isipatana (the Resort of Seers) near Varanasi (Benares). Then he addressed the group of five monks (bhikkhus):

"Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the household life. (What are the two?) There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable.

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The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty*, and so released himself from suffering.  Answering the monk Sariputra, he said this:

Body is nothing more than emptiness,
emptiness is nothing more than body.

Read more: The Heart Sutra

Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness


            I heard these words of the Buddha one time when he was living at Kammassadharma, a market town of the Kuru people. The Buddha addressed the bhikkhus, “O bhikkhus.”

            And the bhikkhus replied, “Venerable Lord.”

            The Buddha said, “Bhikkhus, there is a most wonderful way to help living beings realize purification, overcome directly grief and sorrow, end pain and anxiety, travel the right path, and realize nirvana. This way is the Four Establishments of Mindfulness.

            “What are the Four Establishments?

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