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Contents of Pali Canon - Sutta Nipata - Great Chapter

by Sangharakshita

Page Subject
1-8History of the Sutta Nipata and the oral
6-12The Buddha's personal communication to individuals
12-13Samatha, vipassana
13-14Sila, samadhi, prajna.
Section 1

14-16Going forth
17-26A general picture of going forth, historic and practical
24-26"Cleansed his way of life"
26-28Ancient Indian geography and history of Magadhan,
the Buddha's birthplace
28-32Bimbisara and the Noble signs
31-32The pars I Apollo - physical development
33-34"Sense warded" - guarding the gates of the senses
35-36Building up a picture of the Buddha
37-38The Buddha and Bim-bisara
41-43Etymology of bhikkhu
44-53Bimbisara meets the Buddha
46-50The Buddha tells his lineage
51- 53Indian attitude to spiritual life
Section 2
53-54Beginning of the text.
54-57Mara tempts the Buddha before his Enlightenment
to follow the ethnic religion
57-59Family centred religion. A micchaditthi within
the friends
59-69Bhante' s view on Buddhist marriages
63-64St Simeon Stylites
64-65Is Mara real? The gravitational pull
66-67Tendency of Buddhism towards the ethnic in terms of
weddings and births etc.
69-72The Buddha's reply to Mara, Hare's and Chalmers
translations discussed
72The faith, energy and wisdom of the Buddha
73-74Concentration rises above physical problems
75-84The Buddha' s traditional conquest of Mara
79-84Sasana and the natural authority of power
82-84Modern problems of those without real power taking
positions of authority
84-85Mara's reply and retreat
86-88The Middle way in comparison with the extremes of
Indian asceticism
Section 3
90Beginning of the text. Etymology of Subhasita
91-96The development of the Buddha's teachings into prose
and ballads
94The ease of speaking verse in Indian
95-96Parables and similes
97-104"When a word has four qualities .... it is not blamed
by the wise". Who are the wise?
99-104Having respect for the intelligent within the
Sangha. Hiri.
The four qualities of the well spoken word
1041. "goodly words"
105-1072. "speaks Dharma", as ap-p--osed to speaking about Dharma
107-1113. "speaks kindly", affectionate s-peech
111- 1184. "speaks truth"
113-115Bhante muzzled by the media!
115-118Speaking the truth as you see it
118"The calm and the peaceful man proclaim goodly
speech supreme"
118-122The importance of real communication
120-122The personality people project as themselves
122-123Vangisa rephrases the Buddha's words
123-124The traditional act of respect - the robe
124-126Tormenting oneself with speech - self depreciation
127Communication is transmission of energy
128-133"Truth is the deathless word" Etymology of Nirvana
131-133Poetic truth
134-135Vangisa's inspiring poetry
136-140"The axe in the mouth" Satire and cynicism
138Etymology of cynicism
141Beginning of the text
141-143The Vedic fire cult
143-145Sramanas and Brahmins
145-148Caste and labels
147-154"The man of nought" The Buddha denies all caste labels
149-150The Buddha describes the true Brahmin
155-156Shaving customs
157Buddha rejects the whole conditioned attitude
158Brahman attempts to reply
158-159The Savitri - a hymn of the Brahmins
160-166The true meaning of sacrifices
166-270The Buddha gives an account of the ideal person.
166-176Self control, suppresion or repression
168-171Use of positive and neurotic energies
176-179Oughts and wants in the spiritual life.
179-184Importance of enjoyment in the spiritual life
185-188Positive not negative aspect of passionlessness.
188-195Equilibrium of the faculties - Indrayas
195-196Problems of words conveying attachment and non-attachment
197-199Mindfulness and dreams
199-207Seeing things as mine and not mine
205-211Pleasures without attachment
212-216Pleasure and greed
217Etymology of Tathagata - Man this come
218-221Peers and communication
223-224Purity as a spiritual ideal
224-226Boundless wisdom
226-227The negative approach
228-230Guile and pride
232-235The negative side of grief
235-241The public's negative view of Buddhism
241-244"He has razed all harbours of the mind"
244-246Unified energy
246-253The three or four cankers - asavas
257-259Without external support
261-266The Athakavagga
267The Yakkha
267-270Brief recap of the chapter
270-275The Buddha rejects the brahmins offering, implications
of sacrifice.
275-276Brahmins request for advice
276-293Buddha again describes the enlightened one
277-287The five hindrances, nirvaranas
277- 280Kamacchanda - sensuous craving
280-281Vyapada - anger and hatred
281-284Thina-middha - sloth and torpor
284Uddhacca-kukkucca - restlessness and anxiety
284-287Vicikiccha - doubr and indecision
287-291Being on the brink
287-288Milarepa and Shantideva
289-290Meditation on death and the disciples suicide
292Muni; maha muni; Sakyamuni
292-293The tradition of joining hands in salutation
294-301Hare and Chalmers translation compared
295-296The Four Vipariyasas
297Pravitti - the deepest revolution
301-312summing up section four
301-304Anagarika and Lama
304-306Going for Refuge
Section 5
313-316Magha asks about giving
317-328The Buddha gives a list of gift worthy persons
329-341The Four Brahma viharas
336-341Near and far enemies of the Brahma viharas
341-348Cutlivation of positive emotions alone versus with others
348Magha asks the way to the Brahma loka
349-350Buddha answers - by generosity
350-357Summing up Section five
351Taking the refuges to the next life
356Brahma, Brahman, Brahmins
Section 6
361-371Questions and looking for answers
372-375The myth of age and spiritual wisdom
376-386The Four Dhyanas
387-389Sabhiya's requests and the Buddha's reply
390-391Sabhiya's first question on the spiritual ideal
391-400Buddha's answer - the self made path
395-399The degradation of ideals and the devaluation of terms
400-411Equinimity, egolessness and metta
404-406The five knowledges. Especially knowledge of sameness
and distinguishing vision
411-414Growth and being in control
414-417Seeing the rise and fall of things
418-425Definitions of Brahmana and sramana
423-425Conventional and natural morality
424-425Zen master's "grandmotherly kindness"?
425-426Buddha's definition of 'washen'.
426-427 " " " 'sinless'.
427-429The tradition of using puns in India
430Sabhiya asks for clarification of more terms
430-431Khettajinam - field conqueror
431-435Kusalam - expert
431-435The Upanishadic tradition of body sheaths - kosas
435-441History of the Upanishads
441-442Pundita - the wise
443-447Muni - the silent sage
444-448Problems of God and Buddhism
446-447The Brahminical neutralisation of Buddhism
449-456Sabhiya asks further questions
448-450Vedagu - lore adept
450-451Anuvidatam - visioned
451-454Virayava - vigorous
454-457Ajaniyo - thoroughbred
457-461Keeping energy in study.
461-469More questions from Sabhiya
461-463Sottiya - listener
463-466Ariyan - noble
467Caranava - wayfarer
468-469Paribbajako - mendicant
470Sabhiya's salutation to the Buddha
473-474Sabhiya1s request to go forth
Section 7
481-483Standard descriptions of the Buddha
483-486Teaching, advising, arousing and gladdening.
486Matt Haired Keniya' s invitation.
488-501Brahman Sela and the 32 signs
492-493Mahapurisa - the choice ...

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