Digha Nikaya

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Digha Nikaya
The Digha Nikaya (dīghanikāya; "Collection of Long Discourses") is a Buddhist scripture, the first of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the "three baskets" that compose the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism. Some of the most commonly referenced suttas from the Digha Nikaya include the Maha-parinibbana Sutta (DN 16), which described the final days and death of the Buddha, the Sigalovada Sutta (DN 31) in which the Buddha discusses ethics and practices for lay followers, and the Samaññaphala (DN 2), Brahmajala Sutta (DN 1) which describes and compares the point-of-view of Buddha and other ascetics in India about the universe and time (past, present, and future); and Potthapada (DN 9) Suttas, which describe the benefits and practice of samatha meditation.

Silakkhandha-vagga[edit]

The Division Concerning Morality (suttas 1-13); named after a tract on monks' morality that occurs in each of its suttas (in theory; in practice it is not written out in full in all of them); in most of them it leads on to the jhanas (the main attainments of samatha meditation), the cultivation of psychic powers and becoming an arahant.

Maha-vagga[edit]

The Great Division (suttas 14-23)
— Excerpted from Digha Nikaya on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Patika-vagga[edit]

The Patika Division (suttas 24-34)
— Excerpted from Digha Nikaya on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.