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Buddha's Teachings: Being the Sutta-Nipata or Discourse-Collection
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Buddha's Teachings contains a metrical English rendering of an important Buddhist work in Pali named 'Sutta-Nipata' with the original text in Romanized version on the opposite page.

The Pali Canon, as it has come down to us, is divided into three Pitakas or 'baskets', viz. Vinaya-Pitaka, Sutta-Pitaka and Abhidhamma-Pitaka.

The Sutta-Nipata, translated here, contains an ancient, probably the most ancient, part of the Sutta-Pitaka. It belongs to that portion of the Sutta-Pitaka which is named Khuddaka Nikaya or 'Collection of short Treatises' as distinct from the four long Nikayas called Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta and Anguttara.

Of the five Vaggas (or 'books') of the present Sutta-Nipata the fifth stands out from it fellows by reason of its purposeful unity. While the Uraga, Maha, Cula and Atthaka Vaggas consist each of a collection of independent and unconnected poems (sometimes interspersed with prose) called Suttas, the Parayana aims at a dramatic synthesis. Its prologue and epilogue serve as a setting to the sixteen Questions which elicit Gotama's gradual exposition of the saving 'Way Across'.

Preface

Some time ago, when reading the Sutta-Nipata, I was led to the conclusion that, while all verse when translated should receive a metrical rendering, it was particularly desirable to make the attempt here, so as to emphasize in English the historically significant varieties of versification found in the Pali. In 1928 Professor Lanman suggested that, with a Pali text on the opposite page (as in the Loeb Classics), my metrical experiment should find a place in the Harvard Oriental Series. This volume is the outcome of his suggestion.

My Pali text has been based on Fausboll's edition princes of 1885 and on the 'new edition' of 1913 for the Pali Text Society (by Andersen and Helmer Smith),-as modified by the subsequent P.T.S. editions of the Commentary on the Sutta-Nipata (Para-matthajotika II) and of the canonical Niddesa. The conclusion borne in on me was that, apart from minor matters and a very few real divergences of readings, the text of the Sutta-Nipata (thanks to this distinguished parampara of Danish scholars) was practically now a textus receptus; and that, in a volume which is primarily intended for English readers, it was unnecessary to discuss various readings which Pali scholars can readily investigate in the authorities quoted above. Where I have differed, I have aimed at the restoration, not at the conjectural emendation, of the text.

Nor, in the matter of interpretation of the text, have I thought it desirable to cumber the translation with polemic notes or with a record of other's renderings. I have therefore confined myself to an examination (in the Introduction) into the literary evolution of the Sutta-Nipata, so far as it can be traced to-day, and will let the version speak for itself as a commentary no less than as a rendering .

My conclusion is that, while its materials are by no means all of equal antiquity, there is no older book in Buddhist literature than the Sutta-Nipata, and no earlier corpus of primitive Buddhist doctrine that it contains.

While the presence of the Pali on the opposite page forbids exuberance in translation, the limitations of metre (and I have sought to make the English follow roughly the Pali scheme of versification) make it no easy matter-even without rhyme-to compress terse Pali into a relatively modest compass in English. Ignoscent experti.

CONTENTS

Preface vii
Introductionxiii
Tabular conspectus of the five main divisions (Vaggas or 'Books')
Book
Name		Suttas		Stansas			

Fausboll		 Name in Pali
1
Snake Book	12		221			

I-221			 Uraga vagga  
2
2
Short Book	14		183			

222-404			 Cula vagga
54
3
Long Book	12		361			

405-765			 Maha vagga
98
4
The Octads	16		210			

766-975			 Atthaka Vagga
184
5
The Way-across	16		174			

976-1149	  	 Parayana vagga
234
Table of the seventy Suttas or minor divisions
For some Pali sutta-names (marked with a star) there are alternative Pali names.
These are given below, at end of page xi.

BOOK 1. THE SNAKE BOOK, OR URAGA VAGGA

Sutta Name in Pali
1 As Snakes slough outworn skins Uragasutta 2
2 Dhaniya, the rich herdsman Dhaniyasutta 4
3 Alone-like the rhinocerosKhaggavisanasutta10
4 Bharadvaja, the franklinKasi-Bharadvaja-sutta20
5 Cunda, the smithCundasutta24
6 The Twelve FailuresParabhavasutta26
7 The Wastrel*Vasalasutta30
8 Good-willMettasutta36
9 The Himalayan Sprite*Hemavatasutta38
10 The Woodland SpriteAlavakasutta44
12 The SageMunisutta48

BOOK 2. THE SHORT BOOK, OR CULA VAGGA

Sutta Name in Pali
1The Three GemsRatanasutta54
2CarrionAmagandhasutta58
3LoyaltyHirisutta62
4The Boon of BoonsMahamangalasutta64
5Inward GrowthsSucilomasutta66
6The Good LifeDhammacariyasutta68
7Brahminism's Golden AgeBrahmanadhammikasutta70
8The Good ShipNavasutta76
9Right ConductKimsilasutta78
10Arise!Utthanasutta78
11To Rahula Rahulasutta80
12Kappa's DestinyVangisasutta82
13The Anchorite's IdealSammaparibbajaniyasutta86
14The Almsman's Life and the Householder'sDhammikasutta90

BOOK 3. THE LONG BOOK, OR MAHA VAGGA

1 Gotama's Pilgrimage Pabbajjasutta 98
2Gotama's Temptation by MaraPadhanasutta100
3Apt WordsSubhasitasutta104
4OfferingsSundarika-Bharadvajasutta106
5Magha; or LargesseMaghasutta114
6Sabhiya's QuestionsSabhiyasutta120
7The SupermanSelasutta132
8The Pangs of GriefSallasutta144
9What is a Brahmin?Vasetthasutta146
10Slander's DoomKokaliyasutta156
11Asita's Nunc dimittisNalakasutta164
12The Dyads: Origin and Ending of IllsDvayatanupassanasutta172

BOOK 4. BOOK OF OCTADS, OR ATTHAKA VAGGA

1 Prologue: Desires Kamasutta 184
2Octad of the DenGuhatthakasutta184
3Octad of MaliceDutthatthakasutta186
4Octad of PuritySuddhatthakasutta188
5Octad of PerfectionParamatthakasutta192
6Vita brevisJarasutta192
7LecheryTissa-Metteyya-sutta196
8Warring sectsPasurasutta196
9Beauty scornedMagandiyasutta200
10 'Ere dissolution comes'Purabhedasutta202
11ContentionsKalaha-vivada-sutta204
12RejoindersCula-viyuha-sutta210
13More RejoindersMaha-viyuhasutta214
14Without delayTuvatakasutta220
15The Armed HandAttadandasutta224
16What Sariputta askedSariputtasutta228

BOOK. 5 BOOK OF THE WAY-ACROSS, OR PARAYANA VAGGA

I Prologue: Bavari and his 16 disciples Vatthugatha234
Answer to Sutta Puccha
2Ajita's question (1) Ajitamanava-puccha 242
3Tissa Metteyya's question (2) Tissametteyyamanavapuccha 244
4Punnaka's question (3)Punnakamanavapuccha 244
5Mettagu's question (4) Mettagumanavapuccha 246
6Dhotaka's question (5)Dhotakamanavapuccha 250
7 Upasiva's question (6)Upasivamanavapuccha 254
8Nanda's question (7) Nandamanavapuccha 254
9Hemaka's question (8) Hemakamanavapuccha 256
10Todeyya's question (9) Todeyyamanavapuccha 258
11Kappa's question (10) Kappamanavapuccha 258
12Jatukanni's question (11) Jatukannimanavapuccha 260
13Bhadravudha's question (12) Bhadravudhamanavapuccha 260
14Udaya's question (13) Udayamanavapuccha 262
15Posala's question (14)Posalamanavapuccha 264
16Mogharaja's question (15) Mogharajamanavapuccha 264
17Pingiya's question (16)Pingiyamanavapuccha 266
Epilogue: lauding Gotama and his Way-across 266

INDEX
(I)Pali 275
(II)English (by Miss Isaline Horner) 292
Alternative Pali names for Suttas marked above with a star
1.07.Vasala-sutta or Aggi(ka)-Bharadvaja-sutta (cf. i.4 and 3.4) 30
1.09.Hemavata-sutta or Satagira-sutta 38
1.11.Vijaya-sutta or Kaya-vicchandanika-sutta 46
2.06. Dhammacariya-sutta or Kapila-sutta68
2.08.Nava-sutta or Dhamma-sutta 76
2.12.Vangisa-sutta or Nigrodha-Kappa-sutta 82
2.13.Samma-paribbajaniya-sutta or Muni-sutta or Mahasamaya-sutta 86
3.04.Sundarika-Bharadvaja-sutta or Kokalika-sutta 106
3.10.Kokaliya-sutta or Moneyya-sutta 156
3.11.Nalaka-sutta or Moneyya-sutta 164
4.16.Sariputta-sutta or Thera-panha-sutta 228

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Buddha's Teachings contains a metrical English rendering of an important Buddhist work in Pali named 'Sutta-Nipata' with the original text in Romanized version on the opposite page.

The Pali Canon, as it has come down to us, is divided into three Pitakas or 'baskets', viz. Vinaya-Pitaka, Sutta-Pitaka and Abhidhamma-Pitaka.

The Sutta-Nipata, translated here, contains an ancient, probably the most ancient, part of the Sutta-Pitaka. It belongs to that portion of the Sutta-Pitaka which is named Khuddaka Nikaya or 'Collection of short Treatises' as distinct from the four long Nikayas called Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta and Anguttara.

Of the five Vaggas (or 'books') of the present Sutta-Nipata the fifth stands out from it fellows by reason of its purposeful unity. While the Uraga, Maha, Cula and Atthaka Vaggas consist each of a collection of independent and unconnected poems (sometimes interspersed with prose) called Suttas, the Parayana aims at a dramatic synthesis. Its prologue and epilogue serve as a setting to the sixteen Questions which elicit Gotama's gradual exposition of the saving 'Way Across'.

Preface

Some time ago, when reading the Sutta-Nipata, I was led to the conclusion that, while all verse when translated should receive a metrical rendering, it was particularly desirable to make the attempt here, so as to emphasize in English the historically significant varieties of versification found in the Pali. In 1928 Professor Lanman suggested that, with a Pali text on the opposite page (as in the Loeb Classics), my metrical experiment should find a place in the Harvard Oriental Series. This volume is the outcome of his suggestion.

My Pali text has been based on Fausboll's edition princes of 1885 and on the 'new edition' of 1913 for the Pali Text Society (by Andersen and Helmer Smith),-as modified by the subsequent P.T.S. editions of the Commentary on the Sutta-Nipata (Para-matthajotika II) and of the canonical Niddesa. The conclusion borne in on me was that, apart from minor matters and a very few real divergences of readings, the text of the Sutta-Nipata (thanks to this distinguished parampara of Danish scholars) was practically now a textus receptus; and that, in a volume which is primarily intended for English readers, it was unnecessary to discuss various readings which Pali scholars can readily investigate in the authorities quoted above. Where I have differed, I have aimed at the restoration, not at the conjectural emendation, of the text.

Nor, in the matter of interpretation of the text, have I thought it desirable to cumber the translation with polemic notes or with a record of other's renderings. I have therefore confined myself to an examination (in the Introduction) into the literary evolution of the Sutta-Nipata, so far as it can be traced to-day, and will let the version speak for itself as a commentary no less than as a rendering .

My conclusion is that, while its materials are by no means all of equal antiquity, there is no older book in Buddhist literature than the Sutta-Nipata, and no earlier corpus of primitive Buddhist doctrine that it contains.

While the presence of the Pali on the opposite page forbids exuberance in translation, the limitations of metre (and I have sought to make the English follow roughly the Pali scheme of versification) make it no easy matter-even without rhyme-to compress terse Pali into a relatively modest compass in English. Ignoscent experti.

CONTENTS

Preface vii
Introductionxiii
Tabular conspectus of the five main divisions (Vaggas or 'Books')
Book
Name		Suttas		Stansas			

Fausboll		 Name in Pali
1
Snake Book	12		221			

I-221			 Uraga vagga  
2
2
Short Book	14		183			

222-404			 Cula vagga
54
3
Long Book	12		361			

405-765			 Maha vagga
98
4
The Octads	16		210			

766-975			 Atthaka Vagga
184
5
The Way-across	16		174			

976-1149	  	 Parayana vagga
234
Table of the seventy Suttas or minor divisions
For some Pali sutta-names (marked with a star) there are alternative Pali names.
These are given below, at end of page xi.

BOOK 1. THE SNAKE BOOK, OR URAGA VAGGA

Sutta Name in Pali
1 As Snakes slough outworn skins Uragasutta 2
2 Dhaniya, the rich herdsman Dhaniyasutta 4
3 Alone-like the rhinocerosKhaggavisanasutta10
4 Bharadvaja, the franklinKasi-Bharadvaja-sutta20
5 Cunda, the smithCundasutta24
6 The Twelve FailuresParabhavasutta26
7 The Wastrel*Vasalasutta30
8 Good-willMettasutta36
9 The Himalayan Sprite*Hemavatasutta38
10 The Woodland SpriteAlavakasutta44
12 The SageMunisutta48

BOOK 2. THE SHORT BOOK, OR CULA VAGGA

Sutta Name in Pali
1The Three GemsRatanasutta54
2CarrionAmagandhasutta58
3LoyaltyHirisutta62
4The Boon of BoonsMahamangalasutta64
5Inward GrowthsSucilomasutta66
6The Good LifeDhammacariyasutta68
7Brahminism's Golden AgeBrahmanadhammikasutta70
8The Good ShipNavasutta76
9Right ConductKimsilasutta78
10Arise!Utthanasutta78
11To Rahula Rahulasutta80
12Kappa's DestinyVangisasutta82
13The Anchorite's IdealSammaparibbajaniyasutta86
14The Almsman's Life and the Householder'sDhammikasutta90

BOOK 3. THE LONG BOOK, OR MAHA VAGGA

1 Gotama's Pilgrimage Pabbajjasutta 98
2Gotama's Temptation by MaraPadhanasutta100
3Apt WordsSubhasitasutta104
4OfferingsSundarika-Bharadvajasutta106
5Magha; or LargesseMaghasutta114
6Sabhiya's QuestionsSabhiyasutta120
7The SupermanSelasutta132
8The Pangs of GriefSallasutta144
9What is a Brahmin?Vasetthasutta146
10Slander's DoomKokaliyasutta156
11Asita's Nunc dimittisNalakasutta164
12The Dyads: Origin and Ending of IllsDvayatanupassanasutta172

BOOK 4. BOOK OF OCTADS, OR ATTHAKA VAGGA

1 Prologue: Desires Kamasutta 184
2Octad of the DenGuhatthakasutta184
3Octad of MaliceDutthatthakasutta186
4Octad of PuritySuddhatthakasutta188
5Octad of PerfectionParamatthakasutta192
6Vita brevisJarasutta192
7LecheryTissa-Metteyya-sutta196
8Warring sectsPasurasutta196
9Beauty scornedMagandiyasutta200
10 'Ere dissolution comes'Purabhedasutta202
11ContentionsKalaha-vivada-sutta204
12RejoindersCula-viyuha-sutta210
13More RejoindersMaha-viyuhasutta214
14Without delayTuvatakasutta220
15The Armed HandAttadandasutta224
16What Sariputta askedSariputtasutta228

BOOK. 5 BOOK OF THE WAY-ACROSS, OR PARAYANA VAGGA

I Prologue: Bavari and his 16 disciples Vatthugatha234
Answer to Sutta Puccha
2Ajita's question (1) Ajitamanava-puccha 242
3Tissa Metteyya's question (2) Tissametteyyamanavapuccha 244
4Punnaka's question (3)Punnakamanavapuccha 244
5Mettagu's question (4) Mettagumanavapuccha 246
6Dhotaka's question (5)Dhotakamanavapuccha 250
7 Upasiva's question (6)Upasivamanavapuccha 254
8Nanda's question (7) Nandamanavapuccha 254
9Hemaka's question (8) Hemakamanavapuccha 256
10Todeyya's question (9) Todeyyamanavapuccha 258
11Kappa's question (10) Kappamanavapuccha 258
12Jatukanni's question (11) Jatukannimanavapuccha 260
13Bhadravudha's question (12) Bhadravudhamanavapuccha 260
14Udaya's question (13) Udayamanavapuccha 262
15Posala's question (14)Posalamanavapuccha 264
16Mogharaja's question (15) Mogharajamanavapuccha 264
17Pingiya's question (16)Pingiyamanavapuccha 266
Epilogue: lauding Gotama and his Way-across 266

INDEX
(I)Pali 275
(II)English (by Miss Isaline Horner) 292
Alternative Pali names for Suttas marked above with a star
1.07.Vasala-sutta or Aggi(ka)-Bharadvaja-sutta (cf. i.4 and 3.4) 30
1.09.Hemavata-sutta or Satagira-sutta 38
1.11.Vijaya-sutta or Kaya-vicchandanika-sutta 46
2.06. Dhammacariya-sutta or Kapila-sutta68
2.08.Nava-sutta or Dhamma-sutta 76
2.12.Vangisa-sutta or Nigrodha-Kappa-sutta 82
2.13.Samma-paribbajaniya-sutta or Muni-sutta or Mahasamaya-sutta 86
3.04.Sundarika-Bharadvaja-sutta or Kokalika-sutta 106
3.10.Kokaliya-sutta or Moneyya-sutta 156
3.11.Nalaka-sutta or Moneyya-sutta 164
4.16.Sariputta-sutta or Thera-panha-sutta 228

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