This series of lectures explores the direct teachings of the Buddha himself as preserved in some of the oldest records of his discourses. The first part of the series, covering fifty-two of the discourses (Parts I to IX), constitutes a systematic study program in the teachings of Early Buddhism. The later part of the series (Part X) takes selected discourses from the book in sequence, explaining their meaning and practical relevance.

The talks cover all the major teachings of Early Buddhism, including:

  • Life of the Buddha
  • Fundamental Ethics
  • Meditation and Mind-training
  • Nature of True Wisdom
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Sutta TITLE DATE SPEAKER
Introduction 1/7/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
I. The Buddha’s Enlightenment
26 Ariyapariyesana Sutta 1/14/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4 Bhayabherava Sutta 1/21/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4 Bhayabherava Sutta 1/28/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
36 Mahasaccaka Sutta 2/4/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
36/26 Mahasaccaka Sutta/Ariyapariyesana Sutta 2/11/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
II. Approaching the Dhamma
1. Making wise choices
Kalama Sutta 2/25/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
60 The Incontrovertible Teachings 3/4/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
60 The Incontrovertible Teachings 3/11/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. Test the Buddha himself
47 The Inquirer 3/18/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. Faith, practice, and attainment
95 With Canki 3/25/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
95 With Canki 4/1/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
III. The Ethical Life
1. Four ways of life
46 Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta 4/8/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
46 Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta 4/15/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. Karma and its results
57 Kukkuravatika Sutta 4/22/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
135 Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta 4/30/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. The path to a higher rebirth
41 Sāleyyaka Sutta 5/6/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. Right speech and patience
61 Ambalaṭṭhikārāhulovāda Sutta 5/13/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
21 Kakacūpama Sutta 5/27/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
IV. Deepening One’s Perspectives on the World
1. The faults of the worldly life
13 Mahādukkhakkhanda Sutta 6/3/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. The shortcomings in sensual pleasures
54 Potaliya Sutta 6/10/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
75 Māgandiya Sutta 6/17/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
75 Māgandiya Sutta 7/8/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. The misery of saṃsāra
15 Anamataggasaṃyutta Sutta 7/15/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. Raṭṭhapāla and the call to renunciation
82 Raṭṭhapāla Sutta 7/30/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
V. The Path to Liberation
1. The purpose of the spiritual life
63 Cūḷamālunkya sutta 8/5/2003 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
29 Mahāsāropama Sutta 1/20/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
29 & 27 Mahāsāropama Sutta & Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 2/10/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. The gradual training
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 2/17/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 2/24/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 3/2/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 3/9/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 3/23/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 & 39 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta & Mahā-Assapura Sutta 3/30/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
27 Cūḷahatthipadopama Sutta 4/6/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. What makes one a monk?
40 Cūḷa-Assapura Sutta 5/9/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. The benefits of virtue
6 Ākankheyya Sutta 5/18/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
6 Ākankheyya Sutta 5/25/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
5. Purifying the mind
19 Dvedhāvitakka 6/1/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
20 Vitakkasaṇṭhāna 6/8/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
7 Vatthūpama Sutta 6/17/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
7 Vatthūpama Sutta 6/22/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
8 Sallekha Sutta 8/10/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
8 Sallekha Sutta 8/17/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
8 Sallekha Sutta 8/24/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
6. Eliminating the taints
2 Sabbāsava Sutta 8/31/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2 Sabbāsava Sutta 9/7/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2 Sabbāsava Sutta 9/14/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2 Sabbāsava Sutta 9/21/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
VI. The Practice in Detail
1. The Noble Eightfold Path
117 Mahācattārīsaka Sutta 9/28/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
117 Mahācattārīsaka Sutta 10/5/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
117 Mahācattārīsaka Sutta 10/12/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. The way of mindfulness
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 10/19/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 10/26/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 11/9/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 11/16/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 11/23/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 11/30/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 12/14/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 1/4/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 1/18/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
10 Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 1/25/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. Mindfulness of breathing
118 Ānāpānasati Sutta 4/5/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
118 Ānāpānasati Sutta 4/12/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
118 Ānāpānasati Sutta 4/19/2004 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
118 Ānāpānasati Sutta 4/26/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. The aids to enlightenment, etc.
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 5/3/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 5/10/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 5/17/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 5/24/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 5/31/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
77 Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta 6/21/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
VII. The Cultivation of Wisdom
1. Right view
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 8/9/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 8/16/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 8/23/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 8/30/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 9/6/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 9/13/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 9/20/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 9/27/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 10/4/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 10/11/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
9 Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta 10/18/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
11 Cūḷasīhanāda Sutta 10/25/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
11 Cūḷasīhanāda Sutta 11/1/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
22 Alaggūpama Sutta 11/8/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
22 Alaggūpama Sutta 11/15/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
22 Alaggūpama Sutta 11/29/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
22 Alaggūpama Sutta 12/7/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
22 Alaggūpama Sutta 12/13/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
38 Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta 1/10/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
38 Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta 1/17/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
38 Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta 1/24/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
38 Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta 1/31/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
38 Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta 2/7/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. Penetrative insight
148 Chachakka Sutta 9/5/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
148 Chachakka Sutta 9/12/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
148 Chachakka Sutta 9/19/2005 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
146 Nandakovāda Sutta 9/26/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
146 Nandakovāda Sutta 10/3/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
149 Mahāsaḷāyatanika Sutta 10/10/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
28 Mahāhatthipadopama Sutta 10/17/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
28 Mahāhatthipadopama Sutta 10/24/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
28 Mahāhatthipadopama Sutta 10/31/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
64 Mahāmalunkya Sutta 11/14/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
64 Mahāmalunkya Sutta 11/21/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. Final realization
52 Aṭṭhakanāgara Sutta 12/5/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
140 Dhātuvibhanga Sutta 12/19/2006 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
140 Dhātuvibhanga Sutta 1/9/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
140 Dhātuvibhanga Sutta 1/16/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. A typology of persons
1 Mūlapariyāya Sutta 1/23/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
1 Mūlapariyāya Sutta 1/30/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
1 Mūlapariyāya Sutta 2/6/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
5. A typology of noble disciples
70 Kīṭāgiri Sutta 3/20/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
70 Kīṭāgiri Sutta 3/27/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
VIII. The Tathagata
12 Mahāsīhanāda Sutta 5/3/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
12 Mahāsīhanāda Sutta 5/8/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
12 Mahāsīhanāda Sutta 6/5/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
12 Mahāsīhanāda Sutta 6/12/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
IX. Life in the Sangha
1. Monks living in harmony
31 Cūḷagosinga Sutta 10/9/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
2. The ideal monk
32 Mahagosinga Sutta 10/23/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
3. A recalcitrant monk
65 Bhaddāli Sutta 11/13/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
4. Guidelines for future harmony
104 Sāmagāma Sutta 11/20/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
5. After the Buddha’s parinibbāna
108 Gopakamoggallāna Sutta 12/11/2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
X. Additional talks on the Majjhima Nikaya
3 Dhammadāyāda Sutta 3/25/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
5 Anangaṇa Sutta 4/1/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
18 Madhupiṇḍika Sutta 6/10/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
18 Madhupiṇḍika Sutta 6/17/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
24 Rathavinīta Sutta 6/24/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
33 Mahāgopālaka Sutta 8/5/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
33 & 34 Mahāgopālaka Sutta & Cūḷagopālaka 8/11/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
35 Cūḷasaccaka Sutta 9/9/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
35 Cūḷasaccaka Sutta 9/15/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
44 Cūḷavedalla Sutta 10/21/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
44 Cūḷavedalla Sutta 10/30/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
44 Cūḷavedalla Sutta 11/18/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
48 Kosambiya Sutta 12/16/2008 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
49 Brahmanimantanika Sutta 1/13/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
50 Māratajjanīya Sutta 2/10/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
55 Jīvaka Sutta 2/17/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
56 Upāli Sutta 5/12/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
56 Upāli Sutta 5/12/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
59 Bahuvedaniya Sutta 6/23/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
62 Mahārāhulovāda Sutta 6/30/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
62 Mahārāhulovāda Sutta 7/7/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
66 Laṭukikopama Sutta 8/4/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
66 Laṭukikopama Sutta 8/10/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
66 Laṭukikopama Sutta 9/8/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
69 Gulissāni Sutta 11/5/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
71 & 72 Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta & Aggivacchogotta Sutta 11/10/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
73 Mahāvacchagotta Sutta 12/1/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
74 Dīghanakha Sutta 12/15/2009 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
76 Sandaka Sutta 1/5/2010 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
76 Sandaka Sutta 1/12/2010 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
78 Samaṇamaṇḍikā Sutta 4/6/2010 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
79 Cūḷasakuludāyi Sutta 4/13/2010 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha,
a translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Available on Amazon.com.

The Majjhima Nikaya, or “Middle-length Discourses” of the Buddha, is the second of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Tipitaka. This nikaya consists of 152 discourses by the Buddha and his chief disciples, which together constitute a comprehensive body of teaching concerning all aspects of the Buddha Dharma. more readers' reviews