The Great Division - The ten discourses in this division form the most important ones of the Tripitaka dealing with the biographical descriptions of Enlightened Ones, Gods(Brahmas), gods(devas) and Great Men. It also contains the historical information on the last days of the Buddha and key doctrinal explanations of the Buddha's teachings.


  • DN14 Mahapadana Sutta
    The Sublime Story - Overhearing some monks discussing about past existences the Buddha expounded this discourse on the lives of the Buddhas from eons past. The Buddha gave descriptions of manner with which they became enlightened, places and names of the important people that were associated with these Buddhas.
  • DN15 Mahadindana Sutta
    The Great Causes Discourse - Venerable Ananda's view on the doctrine of Dependent Origination is corrected by the Buddha. The Buddha gave a thorough exposition of this teaching citing that the lack of proper comprehension of this doctrine leads to the ruinous rounds of rebirth.
  • DN16 Mahaparinibbana Sutta
    The Last Days of the Buddha - A wide-ranging sutta, the longest one in the Pali canon, this discourse describes the historical events leading up to, during, and immediately following the death and final release (parinibbana) of the Buddha. It also includes the final instructions of the Buddha on how his teachings should be practiced long after his death.
  • DN17 Mahasudassana Sutta
    The Great King of Glory - This discourse was given by the Buddha while he was lying on his death-bed in the, as pointed by Ananda, seemingly barren small town of Kusinara. The Buddha told Ananda of the significance of Kusinara to him in a distant past when it was the capital of the world.
  • DN18 Janavasabha Sutta
    Janavasabha's Story - On his last journey, the Buddha told Ananda about his conversation with the god Janavasabha. This discourse details the rebirth destinations of a number of people from Magadha who had passed away and also gives details of the teachings delivered by Sanankumara Brahma (God) to the devas (gods).
  • DN19 Mahagovinda Sutta
    The Lord High Steward - The Buddha disclosed that the teaching taught by Brahma Sannakumara to the devas in the previous discourse was given by the Brahma Mahagovinda and was only effective to lead its practitioners to the Brahma realms. The Buddha then pointed out that his current teachings had as its fulfillment the much higher accomplishment of enlightenment.
  • DN20 Mahasamaya Sutta
    The Great Concourse - While dwelling in the Mahavana forest at Kapilavatthu with a company of five hundred Arahants (Enlightened ones), the Buddha recounted the visit of a large retinue of devas (gods) and Brahmas (Gods) from ten thousand world systems. This discourse gives a brief description of these world systems, its occupants and the respect they had towards the Enlightened ones.
  • DN21 Sakkapanha Sutta
    The Question of the King of gods - At the request of Sakka the King of gods, the Buddha lectured on the cause of hostility and violence among various beings and the path that could bring it to an end. This discourse gives an account about Sakka's difficulty in getting information from other contemplatives and showed Sakka and serveral thousand other devas realising the path to enlightenment.
  • DN22 Mahasatipatthana Sutta
    Setting Up of Mindfulness - One of the simplest and most important method for the attainment of the right path, and the realization of Nibbana is explained by the Buddha in this discourse. The important instructions detailed here give procedures on how to culture ones' observational abilities or mindfulness that forms the basis of the path to enlightenment.
  • DN23 Payasi Sutta
    Rebirth and Karma - This discourse accounts the Venerable Kumara Kassapa's debate with the nihilist Governor Payasi of Setavya who believed that there is no rebirth after death. Through a series of thought experiments the Venerable Kumara Kassapa convinced Payasi that his conviction in such beliefs were baseless and also taught him the right way of making offerings.
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