Texts and Translations

Biographical

Doctrinal

Meditation

Abhidhamma

Post-Canonical

Chanting

Introduction

 

Grammar

Navapadamañjarī
A New Collection of Sentences
(illustrating Pāḷi case endings)

Tisuttanirutti
A Grammatical Analysis of Three Discourses
(Maṅgala, Ratana and Mettā)

 

Biographical Works
Early Sources for the Life of the Buddha:

Mahākhandhako
The Great Chapter (Vin. Mv. 1-4)

Uruvilvāto Ṛṣipatanaṁ Gamanaṁ
The Journey from Uruvilvā to Ṛṣipatana (Mhv pp. 322-329)

Udāna
Exalted Utterances (KN 3)

Pārāyanavaggo
The Way to the Beyond (Sn 5)

Mahāparinibbānasuttaṁ
The Discourse about the Great Emancipation (DN 16)

Pubbakammapilotika-Buddhāpadānaṁ
The Connection with Previous Deeds (Apadāna 39.10 & Comm.)

 

Doctrinal Works
Doctrinal Works from Pāḷi and Sanskrit Sources:

Buddhanīti Saṅgaho
A Collection of Buddhist Wisdom Verses

Khuddakapāṭha
The Short Readings (KN 1)

Bhikkhunīsaṁyutta
Thematic Discourses about Nuns (SN 5)

Dhammacakkappavattanasuttaṁ
The Discourse that Set the Dhamma Wheel Rolling (Vinaya Mv 1)

Dharmacakrapravartanasūtram
The Discourse that Set the Dharma-Wheel Rolling (from Lalitavistara)

Utpadyananirudhyanasūtram
The Discourse on Arising and Ceasing (The Fourth Discourse of the Buddha) (Mhv pp. 443-9)

Saccavibhaṅghasuttaṁ
The Discourse giving the Analysis of the Truths (MN 141)

Dutiya[-indriya]vibhaṅgasuttaṁ
The Second Discourse giving an Analysis of the Faculties (SN 48.10)

Dakkihiṇāvibhaṅghasuttaṁ
The Analysis of Offerings (MN 142)

Titthāyatanasuttaṁ
The Belief Systems (Aṅg. 3.62)

Paṭhamakathāvatthusuttaṁ
The First Discourse on the Bases for Talk (Aṅg. 10.69)

Pattakammasuttaṁ
The Discourse about Suitable Deeds (Aṅg. 4.61)

(Paṭiccasamuppāda)-Vibhaṅgasuttaṁ
The Discourse giving the Analysis (of Conditional Origination) (SN 12.2)

Pratītyasamutpādādivibhaṅganirdeśasūtram
The Discourse giving the Explanation and Analysis of Conditional Origination from the Beginning

 

Meditation Discourses
Works from the Pāḷi Canon on Meditation:

Mahāsatipaṭṭhānasuttaṁ
The Long Discourse about the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness (DN 22)

Ānāpānasatisuttaṁ
The Discourse about Mindfulness while Breathing (MN 118)

Kāyagatāsatisuttaṁ
The Discourse about Mindfulness related to the Body (MN 119)

Girimānandasuttaṁ
The Discourse to Girimānanda (AN 10:60)

Mahārāhulovādasuttaṁ
The Long Discourse Giving Advice to Rāhula (MN 62)

Mālunkyaputtasuttaṁ
The Discourse Concerning Māluṅkyaputta (SN 35. 95)

 

Abhidhamma
Some Important Works from the Abhidhamma:

Abhidhammamātikā
The Matrix from the Abstract Teaching (Dhammasaṅgaṇī 1 & 2)

Paṭiccasamuppādavibhaṅga
Analysis of Conditional Origination (Vibh. 6)

Satipaṭṭhānavibhaṅga
Analysis of the Ways of Attending to Mindfulness (Vibh. 7)

Paccayuddesaniddesa
The Enumeration and Explanation of the Conditions (Paṭṭhāna 1 & 2)

 

Post-Canonical Works
Some Important Works from the Post-Canonical Period:

Naḷinikājātakavaṇṇanā (Jā 526)
or: The Seduction of an Innocent

Kuṇālajātakanidānaṁ (from Jā 536)
or: The Buddha goes to War

Saṅkhakathā (from DhpA 290)
or: Paccekabuddhas Teach Awakening

The Buddhacarita or Life of Buddha
(Sanskrit, 1st c. C.E.)

Jinacaritaṁ
The Life of the Victorious Buddha (Pāḷi, 13th c. Śrī Laṁkan Text)

Asoka and the Missions
from the Extended Mahāvaṁsa

 

Chanting Texts
Major and Minor Chanting Texts:

please note that many chanting texts that used to be listed separately in this section are now gathered together in the Safeguard Recitals book

Safeguard Recitals
(a large collection of protection chants)

Daily Chanting
(Devasikā Sajjhayanā)

Aggasāvikā Bhikkhunī
The Great Nun Disciples

Namakkārapāḷi
The Reverence Text

Tigumbacetiyathomanā
Praise of the Tigumba Shrine

Prajñāpāramitā-Hṛdayam
The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom

 

Introduction

The texts and translations included in this section of the website are all organised in much the same way, with the text printed with a line-by-line translation. This style of presentation was originally developed, when I was first learning Pāḷi to help analyse and follow what was going on in the texts. In this regard one of the first major works I prepared was the text & translation of Pārāyanavagga.

Afterwards it seemed that the same style of prersentation would be useful in regard to the texts that are used in recital. So I then proceeded to prepare Safeguard Recitals, which is a text & translation of the protection discourses that are chanted in all-night chantings; and the Daily Chanting book, which is a book used in my own Svejin Nikāya, presenting various texts that are chanted in a weekly cycle. Some of the other indidivual discourses presented in this section are also drawn from these sources.

These works were very well received by many people who saw the material, and I extended the presentation in order to help students of Pāḷi, who are able to follow what is going on in the text when an aid such as this is available. I therefore prepared a new translation of the Udāna; and also a number of discourses that related to meditation e.g. Mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta, and Mahārāhulovādasutta.

In the past few years I have been working a lot on biographical materials from the Canon, including the story of the Buddha's first year of teaching in the Mahākhandhaka, and the last year of his life in the Mahāparinibbānasutta. Besides this there are two Lives of the Buddha, one in Sanskrit (Buddhacarita), and the other in Medieval Pāḷi (Jinacarita).

By 2012 there are now around 2,000 pages of materials prepared in this way. I have tended to change the way I work with the texts in recent years, making the translations in this section much more strict, and including more materials from outside the Pāḷi tradition; and rewriting the ones in the English Only section to give a much freer and more flowing interpretation.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
April 2012