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Canonical Pâli Buddhist Literature of the Theravâda School

Part V - Vibhahga Vagga

(1) Anathapindikovada Sutta

This discourse was given by the Venerable Sariputta to Ananthapmdika on his death-bed The Venerable Sanputta enjoined him not to grasp at the six internal sense bases, nor the six external sense bases, nor the feelings that arise in relation to them, nor at the six elements (including space and consciousness), nor at the five aggregates, nor the realms of Infinite Space, of Infinite Consciousness, of Nothingness, of Neither Consciousness Nor Non-Consciousness With no attachment to any of them, there would come liberation

(2) Channovada Sutta

The Venerable Channa was very ill The Venerable Sanputta and Cunda paid him a visit They gave him solace by giving instruction on Vipassana meditation The Venerable Channa died an Arahat

(3) Puppovada Sutta

This discourse was given to Bhikkhu Punna by the Buddha on how to practise the holy life in solitude When the Buddha asked him how he would contend with the dangers which infested the locality where he was going to stay, he told the Buddha of the six categories of fortitude he was endowed with, including indifference to an attack even on his life

(4) Nandakovada Sutta

This discourse was given by the Venerable Nandaka to five hundred bhikkhunis in the presence of the Buddha one fullmoon night He dealt with the twelve categories of internal and external sense bases, the six types of consciousness, their impermanent nature and how to practise the Seven Factors of Enlightenment He won the approval of the Buddha for his lucid exposition of the Dhamma

5) Cularahulovada Sutta

This discourse was given by the Buddha to his son Rahula who was then a bhikkhu of the Order fully mature to receive the highest dhamma The Buddha exhorted him, in the form of question and answers on the impermanent nature of the twelve sense bases, in consequence of which the Venerable Rahula attained to Arahatship

(6) Chachakka Sutta

This discourse was given by the Buddha frequently to many bhikkhus on the six internal sense bases, the six external sense bases, six types of consciousness, six types of contacts, six types of sensation, six kinds of craving and on how their interrelationship led to continuity of phenomena from one existence to another

(7) Mahasalayatanika Sutta

This discourse is an exposition on how the ignorance of the six categories of dhamma such as the six internal sense bases, etc , gives rise to craving, and craving to suffering It also explains how, when they are seen as they really are by following the Noble Path of Eight Constituents, the knowledge of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment arises resulting in the perfect Peace of Nibbana.

(8) Nagaravindeyya Sutta

This is a discourse in which the Buddha explained to the villagers of Nagaravinda the distinction between samanas and brahmanas who deserved honour and homage and those who did not. Only those religious teachers who had discarded the craving that arose out ofdyatana dhammas were worthy of veneration.

(9) Pindapataparisuddhi Sutta

This is an exhortation to bhikkhus to keep themselves pure in mind while going on alms round or while eating their meal, by discarding craving, removing hindrances and developing the knowledge of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment through continuous practice.

(10) Indriyabhavana Sutta

This discourse was given to the Venerable Ananda by the Buddha showing the difference between the control of senses practised by an Arahat and that practised by one still under training. The Buddha explained that feeling of liking, disliking or of indifference that arise from conditioned phenomena could be soon eliminated by the practice of Vipassana Meditation

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