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The Suttanip ta, or Group of Discourses is a collection of discourses ascribed to the Buddha that includes some of the most popular suttas of the P li Canon, among them the Loving-Kindness Sutta. The suttas are primarily in verse, though several are in mixed prose and verse. The Suttanip ta contains discourses that extol the figure of the muni, the illumined sage, who wanders homeless completely detached from the world. Other suttas, such as the Discourse on Downfall and the Discourse on Blessings, establish the foundations of Buddhist lay ethics. The last two chapters the A hakavagga (Chapter of Octads) and the P r yanavagga (The Chapter on the Way to the Beyond) are considered to be among the most ancient parts of the P li Canon. The A hakavagga advocates a critical attitude toward views and doctrines. The P r yanavagga is a beautiful poem in which sixteen spiritual seekers travel across India to meet the Buddha and ask him profound questions pertaining to the highest goal.
The main commentary, the Paramatthajotik , relates the background story to each sutta and explains each verse in detail. The volume includes numerous excerpts from the Niddesa, an ancient commentary already included in the P li Canon, which offers detailed expositions of each verse in the A hakavagga, the P r yanavagga, and the Rhinoceros Horn Sutta.
Translator Bhikkhu Bodhi provides an insightful, in-depth introduction, a guide to the individual suttas, extensive notes, a list of parallels to the discourses of the Suttanip ta, and a list of the numerical sets mentioned in the commentaries.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
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