Hi dhamma friends!
I’ve so enjoyed this forum and am deeply grateful for the collective wisdom alive and holding the dhamma today.
As a relative newbie to the Suttas, I was thinking it would be awesome to collect a “top hits” of the most important Suttas. I have had the great fortune of this website and also my local bhikkunis and dhamma friends to study with, but without them I feel it would be difficult to navigate the Suttas. Many I know rely on a lay teacher to interpret the Suttas for them.
Everyone will have a different set of Suttas they find the most important. To narrow it down, I’m thinking if someone was brand new and they needed a study guide to focus their energy so that they knew the core principles of the Buddha’s teachings. BTW I have read Bhikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Words” book and feel it doesn’t quite cover it in the same way I’m thinking.
There seem to be common themes that may be represented across many, many Suttas, so the goal would be to boil it down to just a key 1 or 2 Suttas per topic.
As starters the topics that I think of are:
- 4 noble truths (i.e. first dhamma talk)
- 8-fold path
- 3 fetters
- 4 divine abodes
- 7 Awakening factors
- 5 spiritual factors
- 6 sense fields
- 5 khandas
- dependent origination
- meditation techniques (i.e. Satipatthana and Anipanasati)
- how to discern truth of a teacher (i.e. kalayamas)
- ?? I’m sure there are others