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Majjhima Nikāya (middle collection)

MN has 152 suttas divided into 15 Vaggas (chapters)

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1. Mūla-pariyāya (root-turning) Vagga

✴️MN 1 Mūla-pariyāya: root (of all things) explained: (🤖 17m) How ordinary beings, disciples, and arahants identify (or not) with experience.

✴️MN 2 Sabb-āsava: all the asinine-inclinations: (🤖 13m)

✴️MN 3 Dhamma-dāyāda Dhamma-heirs: (🤖 8m) Be heir of Dhamma, not material things. Sariputta praises seclusion.

✴️MN 4 Bhaya-bherava: 😱 fear and terror: (🤖 14m) before seclusion and samadhi, fear and terror needed overcoming.

✴️MN 5 Anaṅgaṇa: un-blemished (🤖 14m)

✴️MN 6 Ākaṅkheyya: one might wish: (🤖 8m)

✴️MN 7 Vatth-ūpama [Vattha]: simile of the cloth (🤖 8m)

✴️MN 8 Sallekha: self effacement (🤖 11m)

✴️MN 9 Sammā-diṭṭhi: right-view (🤖 18m)

✴️MN 10 Sati-paṭṭhāna: remembrance-establishing (🤖 21m)

MN 10 *Satipaṭṭhāna Mūla: *reconstructed earlier version of MN 10 by B.Sujato


2. Sīhanāda (lion's roar) Vagga

✴️MN 11 Cūḷa-sīhanāda: shorter (discourse) on lion's roar: (🤖 9m)

✴️MN 12 Mahā-sīhanāda: greater (discourse) on lion's roar: (🤖 34m)

✴️MN 13 Mahā-dukkha-k-khandha: great {mass of} suffering: (🤖 15m)

✴️MN 14 Cūḷa­dukkha­k-khandha: (🤖 13m)

✴️MN 15 Anumāna: measuring up: (🤖 7m)

✴️MN 16 Cetokhila : emotional barreness: (🤖 7m)

✴️MN 17 Vana-pattha: Forest-wilderness: (dsuj 🤖 5m) 4 types of forests. Monk considers how his meditation is progressing, and whether he is getting enough of the requisites of living to survive. If progress is going well, he should stay. If not, he should move on.

✴️MN 18 Madhupiṇḍika: honey cake: (🤖 11m)

✴️MN 19 Dve-dhā-vitakka: two-sorts-of-thinking: (dsuj 🤖 12m): prior to first jhana, remove all akusala thoughts and replace kusala thoughts. second jhana is reducing the amount of kusala thoughts to allow the body to relax.

✴️MN 20 Vitakka-saṇṭhāna: (dsuj 🤖 6m): Thought-composition. 5 ways to remove unwanted thoughts: replace, see danger, forget, slow down, mind crush.


3. Tatiya (third) Vagga

✴️MN 21 Kakacū-pama: saw-simile: (🤖 16m)

✴️MN 22 Alagaddū-pama: snake-simile: (🤖 25m)

✴️MN 23 Vammika: Ant hill: (🤖 6m)

✴️MN 24 Rathavinīta: 7 relay chariots (🤖 9m)

✴️MN 25 Nivāpa: Fodder: (🤖 11m) simile of Mara as deer hunter trapping with 5kg

✴️MN 26 Ariya-pariyesanā [Pāsarāsi]: noble-search (🤖 33m)

✴️MN 27 Cūḷa-hatthi­padopama: short footprint simile (🤖 19m)

✴️MN 28 Mahā-hatthi-padopama: large footprint simile (🤖 17m)

✴️MN 29 Mahā-sāropama: larger discourse heartwood simile (🤖 9m)

✴️MN 30 Cūḷa-sāropama: shorter discourse heartwood simile (🤖 11m)


4. Mahā-yamaka (great-pairs) Vagga

✴️MN 31 Cūḷa-gosiṅga: shorter discourse at gosinga (🤖 11m)

✴️MN 32 Mahā-gosiṅga: longer discourse at gosinga (🤖 10m)

✴️MN 33 Mahā-gopālaka: longer discourse on cowherd (🤖 5m)

✴️MN 34 Cūḷa-gopālaka: shorter discourse on cowherd (🤖 20m)

✴️MN 35 Cūḷa-saccaka: shorter discourse to saccaka.(🤖 20m)

✴️MN 36 Mahā-saccaka: longer discourse to saccaka. (dsuj 🤖 35m) Buddha compares his developed body&mind to outsider ascetic developed body&mind. He talks about his journey to awakening, learning samadhis from 2 famous teachers, austerities, first jhana experience, awakening, 3 higher knowledges.

✴️MN 37 Cūḷa-taṇhā­saṅkhaya: shorter discourse on craving's ending (🤖 8m)

✴️MN 38 Mahā-taṇhā­saṅkhaya: longer discourse on craving's ending (🤖 29m)

✴️MN 39 Mahā-Assapura: longer discourse at Assapura (🤖 19m)

✴️MN 40 Cūḷa-Assapura: shorter discourse at Assapura (🤖 8m)


5. Cūḷa-yamaka (lesser pairs) Vagga

✴️MN 41 Sāleyyaka: The People of Sālā (🤖 13m): “Unprincipled and immoral conduct is the reason why some sentient beings, when their body breaks up, after death, are reborn in a place of loss, a bad place, the underworld, hell. Principled and moral conduct is the reason why some sentient beings, when their body breaks up, after death, are reborn in a good place, a heavenly realm.”

✴️MN 42 Verañjaka: the people of Verañja,(🤖 1m) nearly same as MN 41

✴️MN 43 Mahā-vedalla: greater set of questions: (dsuj 🤖 14m): Sariputta gives Q&A

✴️MN 44 Cūḷa-vedalla: shorter set of questions: (dsuj 🤖 13m): Arahant Nun Dhammadinna talks about samadhi, vedana, samadhi attainment #9

✴️MN 45 Cūḷa-dhamma­samādāna: shorter discourse on taking up practices (🤖 8m): “monks, there are these four ways of taking up practices. What four? There is a way of taking up practices that is pleasant now but results in future pain. There is a way of taking up practices that is painful now and results in future pain. ...

✴️MN 46 Mahā-dhamma­samādāna: longer discourse on taking up practices (🤖 12m): “monks, sentient beings typically have the wish, desire, and hope: ‘Oh, if only unlikable, undesirable, and disagreeable things would decrease, and likable, desirable, and agreeable things would increase!’ But exactly the opposite happens to them. What do you take to be the reason for this?”

✴️MN 47 Vīmaṃsaka: the inquirer (🤖 6m): “monks, a monk who is an inquirer, unable to comprehend another’s mind, should scrutinize the Realized One for two things—things that can be seen and heard: ‘Can anything corrupt be seen or heard in the Realized One or not?’

✴️MN 48 Kosambiya: monks at kosambiya (🤖 10m): Now at that time the monks of Kosambi were arguing, quarreling, and fighting, continually wounding each other with barbed words.

✴️MN 49 Brahma-nimantanika: invitation to brahma (🤖 14m): (note this is pretty much a Hindu version of nirvana) Now at that time Baka the Brahmā had the following harmful misconception: ‘This is permanent, this is everlasting, this is eternal, this is whole, this is imperishable. For this is where there’s no being born, growing old, dying, passing away, or being reborn. And there’s no other escape beyond this.’

✴️MN 50 Māra-tajjanīya: rebuke of mara (🤖 14m): Māra the Wicked had got inside Moggallāna’s belly.


6. Gahapati (householders) Vagga

✴️MN 51 Kandaraka: (name of wanderer): (🤖 25m) 4 types of people in world, and a gradual training to nirvana

✴️MN 52 Aṭṭhakanāgara:city of Aṭṭhaka: (🤖 6m) 11 doors to deathless. 4 jhanas, 4bv, 3 arupa attainments. While in these jhanas, one can realize nirvana.

✴️MN 53 Sekha: trainee: (🤖 12m) Buddha has sore back, asks Ananda to give talk on gradual traning

✴️MN 54 Potaliya: name of wanderer: (🤖 14m)

✴️MN 55 Jīvaka: name of a person: (🤖 7m) 4bv, kamma of offering meat to monks

✴️MN 56 Upāli: name of lay follower: (🤖 31m) Nigantha of jains says body action more important determinant of kamma. Buddha reponds to: “Of the three deeds thus analyzed and differentiated, which deed do you describe as being the most blameworthy for performing bad deeds: physical deeds, verbal deeds, or mental deeds?” “I describe mental deeds as being the most blameworthy for performing bad deeds, not so much physical deeds or verbal deeds.”

✴️MN 57 Kukkura-vatika: dog-imitator: (🤖 10m) ascetics imitating animals have bad rebirth

✴️MN 58 A-bhaya-rāja-kumāra: fearless young king: (🤖 7m) on the finer points of right speech. right time, pleasant/unpleasant, beneficial, etc

✴️MN 59 Bahu-vedanīya: many types of vedana/feeling: (🤖 8m)

✴️MN 60 Apaṇṇaka: guaranteed: (🤖 32m) being cautious in drawing conclusions, on views, rebirth


7. Bhikkhu (monks) Vagga

✴️MN 61 Ambalaṭṭhikā-­rāhul-ovāda: dsuj (🤖 9m): at ambalatthika, Rahula (gets) reprimanded: Buddha teaches 7 year old Rahula not to lie, simile of mirror used for reflection before, during, after action. and never ever lie.

✴️MN 62 Mahā-rāhul-ovāda: dsuj (🤖 12m): Great-Rahula-exhortation: Buddha and Sariputta teach Rahula 16 APS and other meditations that can be practiced in conjunction, or prior to 16 AP

✴️MN 63 Cūḷamāluṅkya [Cūḷamālukya]: (🤖 8m) I will not live the spiritual life under the Buddha until the Buddha declares to me “sassato loko”ti vā, “asassato loko”ti vā … pe … that the world is eternal, or that the world is not eternal … “neva hoti na na hoti tathāgato paraṃ maraṇā”ti vā’ti, or that after death a Realized One neither exists nor doesn’t exist.’ abyākatameva taṃ, mālukyaputta, tathāgatena assa, atha so puggalo kālaṃ kareyya. That would still remain undeclared by the Realized One, and meanwhile that person would die. Seyyathāpi, mālukyaputta, puriso sallena viddho assa savisena gāḷhapalepanena. Suppose a man was struck by an arrow thickly smeared with poison. Tassa mittāmaccā ñātisālohitā bhisakkaṃ sallakattaṃ upaṭṭhapeyyuṃ. His friends and colleagues, relatives and kin would get a field surgeon to treat him.

✴️MN 64 Mahāmāluṅkya [Mahāmālukya]: (🤖 11m)

MN 65 Bhaddāli:

MN 66 Laṭukikopama:

MN 67 Cātumā:

MN 68 Naḷakapāna:

MN 69 Gulissāni [Goliyāni]:

MN 70 Kīṭāgiri:


8. Paribbājaka (wanderers) Vagga

MN 71 Tevijjavacchagotta [Tevijjavaccha]:
MN 72 Aggivacchagotta [Aggivaccha]:
MN 73 Mahāvacchagotta [Mahāvaccha]:
MN 74 Dīghanakha:
MN 75 Māgandiya: b.suj:
MN 76 Sandaka:
MN 77 Mahāsakuludāyi:
✴️MN 78 Samaṇa­maṇḍikā [Samaṇamuṇḍika]: dsuj (🤖 11m): Buddha describes ideal ascetic. kusala thoughts/sankappa cease in second jhana, but akusala perceptions can impinge in first jhana
MN 79 Cūḷasakuludāyi:
MN 80 Vekhanassa [Vekhanasa]:

9. Rāja (kings) Vagga

MN 81 Ghaṭīkāra [Ghaṭikāra]:
MN 82 Raṭṭhapāla:
MN 83 Makhādeva [Maghadeva]:
MN 84 Madhurā:
MN 85 Bodhirājakumāra:
MN 86 Aṅgulimāla:
MN 87 Piyajātika:
MN 88 Bāhitika:
MN 89 Dhammacetiya:
MN 90 Kaṇṇakatthala:

10. Brāhmaṇa (brahmins) Vagga

MN 91 Brahmāyu:
MN 92 Sela:
MN 93 Assalāyana:
MN 94 Ghoṭamukha:
MN 95 Caṅkī:
MN 96 Esukārī:
MN 97 Dhānañjāni [Dhanañjāni]:
MN 98 Vāseṭṭha:
MN 99 Subha:
MN 100 Saṅgārava:

11. Devadaha (name of place) Vagga

MN 101 Devadaha:
MN 102 Pañcattaya [Pañcāyatana]:
MN 103 Kinti:
MN 104 Sāmagāma:
MN 105 Sunakkhatta:
MN 106 Āneñja-sappāya: b.suj : imperturbable, conducive (to that): mostly arupa samādhi attainments
MN 107 Gaṇakamoggallāna:
MN 108 Gopakamoggallāna: b.suj:
MN 109 Mahāpuṇṇama:
MN 110 Cūḷapuṇṇama:

12. Anupada (one by one) Vagga

MN 111 Anupada: b.suj: One after another
MN 112 Chabbisodhana:
MN 113 Sappurisa:
MN 114 Sevitabbāsevitabba:
MN 115 Bahudhātuka:
MN 116 Isigili:
MN 117 Mahā-cattārīsaka: b.than: great-forty: 8aam disected, right view, effort, sati, circle the remaining 5 factors
MN 118 Ānāpānasati:
MN 119 Kāya-gatā-sati: b.suj: body-immersed-mindfulness: Same 7 kāya-anupassana meditations as in MN 10, but instead of sati refrain for each, there is a samādhi jhāna refrain.
MN 120 Saṅkhārupapatti:

13. Suññata (emptiness/voidness) Vagga

MN 121 Cūḷa-suññata: b.suj: Shorter (discourse on) Emptiness: gradual descent through formless attainments into animitta, and then destruction of āsavas, with each attainment being labeled as a successively more refined "emptiness"
MN 122 Mahā-suññata: b.suj: great-emptiness:
MN 123 Acchariya-abbhūta:
MN 124 Bakkula [Bākula]:
✴️MN 125 Danta-bhūmi: Tamed-level: 🔗🔊 28m frank_k 🎙🏴🇺🇸󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿️
dsuj (🤖 17m): Gradual training of monk using simile of training wild elephant.
MN 126 Bhūmija:
MN 127 Anuruddha (buddha's cousin, famous for divine eye):
MN 127 (B.Sujato trans.)
MN 127 b.suj2 :
✴️MN 128 Upak-kilesa: dsuj (🤖 17m): minor defilements: Buddha before his awakening, describes how he removed 11 upakkilesa (a more expanded 5niv), developed samādhi to 4th jhāna quality, then purifying the 4th jhana until the light was high enough quality he could see and converse with devas. The same episode focusing on the devas is in AN 8.64, and MN 127 shows Anuruddha doing something similar.
MN 129 Bālapaṇḍita:
MN 130 Devadūta :

14. Vibhaṅga (expositions) Vagga

MN 131 Bhaddekaratta:
MN 132 Ānanda­bhaddekaratta :
MN 133 Mahākaccāna­bhaddekaratta:
MN 134 Lomasa­kaṅgiya­bhaddekaratta:
MN 135 Cūḷakamma­vibhaṅga:
MN 136 Mahākamma­vibhaṅga:
MN 137 Saḷ-āyatana­vibhaṅga: b.suj: 6-sense-base-analysis:
MN 138 Uddesavibhaṅga:
MN 139 Araṇavibhaṅga:
MN 140 Dhātuvibhaṅga:
MN 141 Saccavibhaṅga:
MN 142 Dakkhiṇā­vibhaṅga:

15. Saḷ-āyatana (six-bases) Vagga

MN 143 Anātha­piṇḍik­ovāda:
MN 144 Channovāda:
MN 145 Puṇṇovāda:
MN 146 Nandakovāda:
MN 147 Cūḷarāhulovāda:
MN 148 Cha-chakka: b.suj: 6 sets of 6:
MN 149 Mahāsaḷ­āyatanika:
MN 150 Nagaravindeyya:
MN 151 Piṇḍapāta­pārisuddhi:
MN 152 Indriya-bhāvanā: b.suj: faculty-developmment: 1. supreme (anuttara), upekkha is established immediately; 2. trainee (sekha) guards sense doors with disgust, humiliation if evil thoughts arise through 6 sense doors; 3. noble ones use 5abi