The Large Division Concerning Morality - This book contains thirteen long discourses which deal extensively with various categories of moral behaviour and its benefits that are available to all. It also explains how various views or beliefs begin, the consequences of holding such beliefs and the path of investigation that is central to the Buddha's teachings.
  • DN1 Brahmajālasuttaṃ
    Discourse on the Perfect Net The Buddha gave a detailed analysis of wrong views and or beliefs that give rise to rebirth, aging, death, grief, lamentation, pain, distress and despair. Anyone holding these sixty-two categories of wrong views are caught in seemingly inescapable net described in this discourse.
  • DN2 Sāmaññaphalasuttaṃ
    Discourse on the fruits of a contemplative life - This discourse talks about the fruits of living as a contemplative to be experienced in this very life. The Buddha gave this discourse to King Ajatasattu on his request and lays down the foundation, methods and the aim of his teachings using simple analogies and anecdotes.
  • DN3 Ambaṭṭhasuttaṃ
    A young Brahman's rudeness and an old one's faith - Ambattha, sent to investigate whether Gotama Buddha was indeed a genuine Buddha rudely queries him. This led the Buddha to explain that nobleness in man is not stemmed from birth but from one's practice of morality and aquiring knowledge.
  • DN4 Sonadanda Sutta
    Character of a true Brahman - This discourse was given to the brahmin Sonadanda who approached the Buddha to ask what attributes should one possess to be acknowledge as a brahmin. Upon his request, the Buddha explained to him the meaning of the terms morality and knowledge.
  • DN5 Kutadanta Sutta
    Discourse to the Brahmin Kutadanta -The Brahmin Kutadanta asked the Buddha for advice on how best to conduct a sacrifice and what sacrifice could be made with less exertion but produced more results. The Buddha gave a thorough explanation of the consequences of conducting a sacrifice and described alternative simple exertions that produced higher orders of benefits.
  • DN6 Mahali Sutta
    Discourse on the aim of the Teachings - Mahali, a Licchavi ruler queries the Buddha about the existence of heavenly sound based on the experiences of Sunakkhatta, a former Licchavi Prince. The Buddha anwered the question and related another discussion about the existence of the soul after reiterating his teachings and its higher aim of enlightenment to show how inconsequential these questions were.
  • DN7 Jaliya Sutta
    Is the Soul Distinct from the Body - Two ascetics queries the Buddha about whether the soul was part of the physical body, or whether the soul was one thing and the physical body another. The Buddha reiterated his teachngs and explained that an enlightened person would not consider such a question. This sutta is identical to paragraphs 15 - 19 of the Mahali Sutta (DN 6).
  • DN8 Mahasihanada Sutta
    The Naked Ascetic - The Buddha held a conversation with a naked ascetic and defined to him the goals and practice of a true religious monastic. The Buddha explained to him the futility of some of those extreme ascetic practices and disclosed the true moral path by reiterating his teachings.
  • DN9 Potthapada Sutta
    The Soul Theory - Potthapada the wandering ascetic asked the Buddha about the nature of conciousness and the theory of the soul that is frequently used by other religions to explain it. The Buddha answered this question through a series of analogical arguments and thought experiments.
  • DN10 Subha Sutta
    Conduct, Concentration and the Intellect -This discourse was given by the Buddha's closest attendant Ananda to young Subha after the death of the Buddha. It is the detailed exposition of the teachings which the Buddha praised and urged people to practice namely the practice of morality, mental calmness and the aquisition of knowledge.
  • DN11 Kevatta Sutta
    The Three Wonders and the Gods - A devoted lay disciple urged the Buddha to let one of his disciples perform miracles. The Buddha gave a description of the various types of miracles and recommended the performance of the miracle power of only one type.
  • DN12 Lohicca Sutta
    The Ethics of Teaching - Lochicca, who haboured the opinion that an ethically skillful person should keep his knowledge secret and not teach anyone, invited the Buddha for a meal (Dana). The Buddha delivered this talk and lays down the ethics behind teaching and the types of blameworthy teachers and those that must be praised.
  • DN13 Tevijja Sutta
    The Knowledge of the Vedas - Two Brahmin youths came to see the Buddha to seek help to settle their argument on the correct Vedic path that leads straight to the union with God (Brahma) as taught by their respective teachers. In this discourse the Buddha taught them the direct path to achieve that goal which is the highest achievement in all God centric teachings.
You are here: Home Dighanikaya Silakkhandhavaggapali