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This volume contains the second division of the Digha Nikaya or long discourses of the Buddha the large division or Maha Vagga ten suttas of the most important suttas in the Tipitaka. They deal with historical, and biographical aspects as well as doctrinal aspects of the Buddhas teaching. The most famous sutta is the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which gives an account of the last days and the passing away of the Buddha and the distribution of his relics. The Mahapadana Sutta deals with brief accounts of the last seven Buddhas and the life story of Vipassi Buddha. Doctrinally important are the Mahanidana Sutta which explains the chain of cause and effect, and the Mahasatipatthana Sutta dealing with the four methods of mindfulness and practical aspects of meditation.