Sutta Nipata
The Sutta Collection

The Sutta Nipata ("The Sutta Collection"), the fifth book of the Khuddaka Nikaya, consists of 71 short suttas divided into five vaggas (chapters).

A useful printed translation of the complete Sutta Nipata is K.R. Norman's The Group of Discourses (2nd ed.) (Oxford: Pali Text Society, 2001). Excerpts from the Sutta Nipata also appear in Handful of Leaves (Vol. 4), Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans. (available from Metta Forest Monastery). Another popular (though occasionally inaccurate) translation is H. Saddhatissa's The Sutta-Nipata (London: Curzon Press, 1985). Some of the passages listed below originally appeared in John Ireland's The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipata, (BPS "Wheel" Publication No. 82).

The braces {} contain the corresponding verse numbers in the original Pali text, as listed in H. Saddhatissa's The Sutta-Nipata (London: Curzon Press, 1985).

1. Uragavagga — The Snake Chapter  

2. Culavagga — The Lesser Chapter  

3. Mahavagga — The Great Chapter  

4. Atthaka Vagga — The Octet Chapter    

See The Atthaka Vagga — The Octet Chapter: An Introduction, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

5. Parayanavagga — The Chapter on the Way to the Far Shore  

See The Parayanavagga — The Chapter on the Way to the Far Shore: An Introduction, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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