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An Extended Study of the Majjhima Nikaya

An Extended Study of the Majjhima Nikaya

Exploring the Word of the Buddha

Taught by Bhikkhu Bodhi

January 2003 — December 2007

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:

  1. Life of the Buddha
  2. Fundamental Ethics
  3. Meditation and Mind-training
  4. Nature of True Wisdom

We suggest that all participants in the course acquire a copy of the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications, Boston). Texts from the other collections will be copied and handed out.

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

MN : X. Additional talks on the Majjhima Nikaya – ( 1 )

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (2008 Bodhi Monastery)MN 3. Dhammadāyāda Sutta — Heirs in Dhamma

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  1. MN 3. Dhammadāyāda Sutta — Heirs in Dhamma
  2. MN 5. Anangaṇa Sutta — Without Blemishes
  3. MN 18. Madhupiṇḍika Sutta — The Honeyball (part 1)
  4. MN 18. Madhupiṇḍika Sutta — The Honeyball (part 2)
  5. MN 24. Rathavinīta Sutta — The Relay Chariots
  6. MN 33. Mahāgopālaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse on the Cowherd
  7. MN 33. Mahāgopālaka Sutta (part 2), MN 34. Cūḷagopālaka Sutta
  8. MN 35. Cūḷasaccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka (part 1)
  9. MN 35. Cūḷasaccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka (part 2)
  10. MN 44. Cūḷavedalla Sutta — The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers (part 1)
  11. MN 44. Cūḷavedalla Sutta — The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers (part 2)
  12. MN 44. Cūḷavedalla Sutta — The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers (part 3)

MN : X. Additional talks on the Majjhima Nikaya – ( 2 )

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (2009 Bodhi Monastery)MN 48. Kosambiya Sutta — The Kosambians

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  1. MN 48. Kosambiya Sutta — The Kosambians
  2. MN 49. Brahmanimantanika Sutta — The Invitation of a Brahmā
  3. MN 50. Māratajjanīya Sutta — The Rebuke to Māra
  4. MN 55. Jīvaka Sutta — To Jīvaka
  5. MN 56. Upāli Sutta — To Upāli (part 1)
  6. MN 56. Upāli Sutta — To Upāli (part 2)
  7. MN 59. Bahuvedaniya Sutta — The Many Kinds of Feeling
  8. MN 62. Mahārāhulovāda Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Rāhula (part 1)
  9. MN 62. Mahārāhulovāda Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Rāhula (part 2)

MN : X. Additional talks on the Majjhima Nikaya – ( 2 )

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (2009 Bodhi Monastery)MN 66. Laṭukikopama Sutta — The Simile of the Quail (part 1)

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  1. MN 66. Laṭukikopama Sutta — The Simile of the Quail (part 1)
  2. MN 66. Laṭukikopama Sutta — The Simile of the Quail (part 2)
  3. MN 67. Cātumā Sutta — At Cātumā
  4. MN 69. Gulissāni Sutta — Gulissāni
  5. MN 71. Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta, MN 72 Aggivacchogotta Sutta
  6. MN 73. Mahāvacchagotta Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Vacchagotta
  7. MN 74. Dīghanakha Sutta — To Dīghanakha
  8. MN 76. Sandaka Sutta — To Sandaka (part 1)
  9. MN 76. Sandaka Sutta — To Sandaka (part 2)
  10. MN 78. Samaṇamaṇḍikā Sutta — Samaṇamaṇḍikāputta
  11. MN 79. Cūḷasakuludāyi Sutta — The Shorter Discourse to Sakuludāyin

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