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The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha - Selections

A Thematic Guide to the Aṅguttara Nikāya

I. The Buddha

1. Biographical 3:39; 4:21, 4:118, 4:127, 5:196, 8:11, 8:64, 8:69, 8:70, 9:41
2. Qualities and attainments 1:277, 2:37, 3:35, 3:63, 3:64, 4:1, 4:24, 4:35‒36, 4:87, 5:100, 5:104, 6:43, 8:12, 10:30
3. The Tathāgata 1:170‒86, 2:22‒25, 2:52‒56, 3:14, 3:80; 4:8, 4:15, 4:23, 4:33, 5:11, 5:99, 5:131, 5:133, 6:64, 7:58, 8:85, 10:21‒22, 10:81

II. The Dhamma and Discipline

1. The Dhamma in brief 4:25, 4:29‒30, 4:188, 7:83, 8:19‒20, 8:30, 8:53
2. The rejection of views 3:61, 3:137, 4:77, 4:173‒74, 6:38, 6:95, 7:54, 9:38, 10:20, 10:93, 10:95‒96
3. A directly visible Dhamma 3:53‒54, 3:65‒66, 4:193, 4:195, 6:47‒48, 9:46
4. The ninefold textual Dhamma, 4:102, 4:107, 5:73‒74, 5:155, 6:51, 7:68
5. Preserving the Dhamma 1:130‒69, 2:20, 2:41, 4:160, 4:180, 5:79‒80, 5:154‒56, 5:201, 6:40, 7:59

III. The Shifting Kaleidoscope of Experience

1. Cosmological background 3:70, 3:80, 4:45‒46, 4:156, 7:44, 7:66, 8:42, 8:70, 9:24, 10:29, 10:89
2. Happiness and sorrow 1:29‒30, 1:324‒27, 2:19, 2:37, 2:64‒76, 2:250‒69, 3:65‒66, 4:51‒52, 4:62, 4:193, 5:3, 5:45, 5:48‒50, 5:128, 5:170, 6:45, 6:75, 6:78, 7:19, 7:62, 8:6, 8:38‒39, 8:42, 8:44, 8:54, 8:61, 9:34, 10:46, 10:65‒66
3. Mind is the key 1:21‒52, 1:56‒57, 3:109‒10, 4:186
4. Kamma and its results 3:23, 3:34, 3:36, 3:74, 3:100, 3:111‒12, 4:85, 4:134, 4:171, 4:195, 4:232‒38, 6:39, 6:57, 6:63 §5, 8:40, 9:13, 10:47, 10:167‒233
5. The round of rebirths 1:348‒77, 10:177, 10:216‒218
6. Heaven and hell 1:290‒95, 2:16‒18, 2:26‒29, 2:210‒29, 3:10, 3:36, 3:113, 3:117‒19, 3:129, 3:146‒49, 3:163‒82, 4:64, 4:81‒84, 4:212‒220, 4:239‒40, 4:264‒73, 5:4, 5:115‒20, 5:129‒30, 5:145, 5:236‒40, 5:286‒302, 6:62, 6:81‒82, 7:72, 10:211‒214, 10:220‒24, 10:229‒32

IV. Maintaining a Harmonious Household

1. The family

  1. General 3:48, 4:258, 5:42
  2. Parents and children 2:33, 3:31, 4:63, 5:39,
  3. Husbands and wives 4:53‒56; 5:33, 7:63, 8:46, 8:49

2. Present welfare, future welfare 4:61‒62, 5:58, 8:49, 8:54, 8:76, 10:73
3. Wrong and right livelihood 4:79, 5:177, 6:18, 8:54, 10:91
4. Wealth 4:61‒62, 5:41, 5:47, 5:58, 5:227, 6:45, 7:5‒7
5. Sustaining wholesome relationships 4:32, 4:256, 8:24, 9:5
6. The state and the community 4:70, 7:21‒22
7. The wheel-turning monarch 1:278, 1:280, 2:52‒55, 3:14, 4:130, 5:131‒33, 7:62, 7:66

V. The Way Leading Upwards

1.  Faith, confidence, and reverence 3:42, 3:48, 3:75; 4:21, 4:34, 4:52, 4:65, 4:118, 5:21‒22, 5:32, 5:38, 5:40, 5:179, 5:250, 6:30, 6:32‒33, 6:69, 7:32‒35, 7:57, 7:70, 9:27, 11:14
2. Spiritual friendship 1:70‒71, 1:110‒111, 1:126‒27, 3:24, 3:26‒27, 3:135, 4:242, 5:146, 6:67, 7:36‒37, 8:54, 9:1, 9:3, 9:6, 10:61‒62, 10:155‒66, 10:199‒210
3. Merit 3:41, 3:45‒46, 3:51‒52, 4:34, 4:51‒52, 5:43, 5:45, 5:199, 6:37, 7:62, 8:36, 8:39, 9:20
4. Giving and generosity 2:35, 2:141‒52, 3:41‒42, 3:57, 4:39‒40, 4:51, 4:57‒60, 4:78‒79, 4:197, 5:31, 5:34‒37, 5:44‒45, 5:141, 5:147‒48, 6:37, 6:59, 7:52, 7:57, 8:31‒35, 8:37, 9:20, 10:177
5. Moral discipline

  1. Moral shame and dread 2:9, 10:76
  2. Bad conduct and good conduct 1:284‒95, 2:1, 2:3‒4, 2:11‒12, 2:17‒19, 2:34, 3:2, 3:6‒8, 3:14‒15, 3:17‒18, 3:28, 3:120‒22, 3:146‒55, 4:111, 4:121, 5:213, 5:241‒48, 6:57, 10:23
  3. The five training rules 4:99, 4:201, 5:145, 5:171‒74, 5:178‒79, 5:286‒302, 8:39, 9:27, 9:63, 10:92
  4. Wrong speech and right speech 3:28, 4:4, 4:22, 4:73, 4:82‒83, 4:100, 4:149, 4:183, 4:221, 4:250‒53, 5:116‒20, 5:198, 5:214, 5:236‒38, 8:67‒68, 10:69‒70
  5. The uposatha observance 3:70, 8:41‒45, 9:18, 10:46

6. Decline and progress [of lay followers] 7:29‒31

VI. Dispelling the World’s Enchantment

1. Acquiring a sense of urgency 1:328‒47, 4:113, 5:77‒78, 8:29
2. Old age, illness, and death 3:36, 3:39, 3:51‒52, 3:62, 4:113, 4:119, 4:182, 4:184, 5:48‒50, 5:57, 6:14‒16, 7:74
3. Gratification, danger, and escape 3:103‒6, 10:91
4. The pitfalls in sensual pleasures 3:108, 4:122, 5:7, 5:139, 6:23, 6:63 §1, 6:45, 7:72, 8:56, 9:65
5. Disenchantment with the body 9:15, 10:49
6. Universal impermanence 3:47, 4:33, 7:66, 7:74, 10:29

VII. The Defilements of the Mind

1. The springs of bad conduct

  1. Greed, hate, delusion 2:123‒24, 3:34‒35, 3:53‒55, 3:65‒66, 3:68‒69, 3:71‒72, 3:111, 4:117, 4:158, 4:193, 6:47‒48, 6:107, 10:174
  2. Wrong courses (four) 4:17‒20
  3. Sexuality 1:1‒10, 3:108, 4:159, 5:55, 5:75‒76, 5:225‒26, 7:50‒51, 8:17‒18
  4. Affection and hatred 4:200
  5. Anger and resentment 3:25, 3:27, 3:132, 4:43‒44, 4:84, 4:108, 4:110, 4:122, 4:197, 5:161‒62, 5:215‒16, 7:64, 7:73, 9:11, 9:29‒30, 10:79‒80
  6. Miserliness (fivefold) 5:115, 5:224, 5:239‒40, 5:254‒71, 9:69
  7. Roots of dispute (six) 6:36
  8. Defilements of ascetics (four) 4:50

2. Obstacles to meditation

  1. Laziness 6:17, 8:80
  2. Unwholesome thoughts and their removal 3:68‒69, 3:100, 3:71‒72, 3:101, 4:11‒12, 5:200, 6:13, 10:51
  3. Hindrances (five) 1:11‒20, 4:61, 5:23, 5:51‒52, 5:193, 6:27‒28
  4. Mental barrenness (five) 5:205, 9:71, 10:14
  5. Bondages of the mind (five) 5:206, 9:72, 10:14
  6. Drowsiness 7:61

3. Bondage to saṃsāra

  1. Craving and ignorance 3:76‒77, 4:9, 4:199, 4:257, 6:61, 6:106, 9:23, 10:61‒62
  2. Taints 2:108‒17, 4:36, 4:195, 6:58, 6:63 §4
  3. Inversions (four) 4:49
  4. Bonds (four) 4:10
  5. Fetters (four) 4:131; (five) 9:67, 9:70; (seven) 7:8‒10; (ten) 10:13
  6. Underlying tendencies (seven) 7:11‒12

VIII. The Path of Renunciation

1. Going forth into homelessness 2:2, 3:12, 3:60, 4:122, 5:59‒60, 5:75‒76, 7:69, 10:48, 10:59
2. Wrong practice and right practice 1:58‒75, 3:156‒62, 3:78, 3:156, 4:196, 4:198, 5:181‒90, 10:103‒166
3. The training of the monk (general) 3:16, 3:19‒20, 3:40, 3:49, 3:91, 3:128, 3:130, 4:27‒28, 4:37, 4:71‒72, 4:157, 4:245, 5:56, 5:114, 7:20, 7:42‒43, 7:67, 7:71, 8:30, 9:1, 9:3, 10:17‒18, 10:48, 10:101
4. Monastic discipline 1:15, 2:127‒29, 2:280‒309, 4:12, 4:244, 5:251‒53, 5:272‒85, 7:75‒82, 10:31‒36, 10:44, 10:71
5. Reproving others 5:167, 10:44
6. Aids to the training

  1. Heedfulness 1:58‒59, 1:98‒99, 1:114‒15, 4:116‒17, 6:53, 10:15
  2. Careful attention 1:20, 1:66‒67, 1:74‒75, 1:106‒7, 1:122‒23
  3. Seclusion 2:30, 4:138, 4:262, 5:110, 5:127, 5:176, 6:42, 8:86
  4. Health 5:29, 5:123‒26, 5:207‒8
  5. Trainee’s powers 5:1‒12, 7:15
  6. Factors of striving (five) 5:53‒54, 5:135‒36, 10:11
  7. Aids to self-confidence (five) 5:101

7. The sequential course of practice                                                           

  1. Virtue, concentration, wisdom 3:73, 3:81‒90, 3:92, 4:2, 4:136‒37, 6:105, 9:12
  2. Proximate causes 5:24, 6:50, 7:65, 8:81, 10:1‒3, 11:1‒3
  3. Modes of practice 4:161‒70
  4. Four purifications 4:194
  5. From faith to liberation 4:198, 10:99
  6. From right association to liberation 10:61‒62
  7. Ending birth and death 10:76

8. Decline and progress [of monks] 2:200‒9, 4:158, 5:8‒10, 5:89‒90, 5:149‒50, 6:21‒22, 6:31‒33, 6:62, 6:68‒69, 7:23‒28, 7:32‒35, 8:79, 9:6, 10:53‒55, 10:67‒68, 10:82, 10:84‒86, 11:17
9. Giving up the training 3:39, 4:122, 5:5, 5:75‒76, 6:60, 8:14

IX. Meditation

1. Serenity and insight 2:31, 4:92‒94, 4:170, 5:73‒74, 9:4, 10:54
2. Aids to meditation

  1. Establishments of mindfulness (four) 3:156, 6:117‒18, 9:63‒72
  2. Right striving (four) and right effort 2:5, 3:157, 4:13‒14, 4:69, 6:55, 8:80, 9:73‒82
  3. Bases of psychic potency (four) 5:67‒68, 9:83‒92
  4. Faculties (four) 4:151; (five) 6:3
  5. Powers (two) 2:11‒13; (four) 4:152‒55, 4:261, 9:5; (five) 5:13‒16, 6:4; (seven) 7:3‒4
  6. Factors of enlightenment (seven) 1:74‒75, 4:14, 4:238, 10:102

3. Subjects of meditation

  1. Overview 1:394‒574
  2. Mindfulness of the body 1:575‒627, 9:11,
  3. Mindfulness of breathing 5:96‒98, 10:60
  4. Walking meditation 5:29
  5. Perceptions and contemplations 5:30, 5:57, 5:61‒62, 5:69‒72, 5:121‒22, 5:144, 6:35, 6:102‒4, 7:16‒19, 7:48‒49, 7:55, 9:1, 9:3, 9:16, 10:56‒57, 10:59‒60, 10:101
  6. Mindfulness of death 6:19‒20, 8:73‒74
  7. Recollections 1:296‒305, 3:70, 6:9‒10, 6:25‒26, 11:11‒13
  8. Loving kindness and the four immeasurables 1:53‒55, 3:63, 3:65, 3:70, 4:67, 4:125‒26, 4:190, 6:13, 7:62, 8:1, 8:63, 9:18, 10:219, 11:15‒16
  9. Kasiṇas (ten) 10:25‒26, 10:29

4. Concentration 3:32, 3:101‒2, 4:41, 5:27‒28, 5:113, 6:24, 6:70, 6:72‒74, 7:40‒41, 7:45, 7:67, 8:63, 9:37, 10:6‒7, 11:7‒9, 11:16
5. The stages of meditative development 5:28

  1. Jhānas 3:58, 3:63, 4:123‒24, 4:190, 5:28, 6:60, 6:73‒74, 11:16
  2. Eight bases of overcoming 8:65, 10:29
  3. Eight emancipations 8:66
  4. Nine progressive attainments 9:31‒61

6. Meditative attainments and rebirth 3:116, 4:123‒26
7. Three true knowledges 3:58‒59
8. Six direct knowledges 3:101‒2, 5:23, 5:28, 5:67‒68, 6:2, 6:70, 9:35

X. Wisdom

1. Praise of wisdom 4:141‒45
2. Aids to the growth of wisdom 4:248, 8:2,
3. Right view (and wrong view) 1:268‒76, 1:306‒18, 2:125‒26, 5:25, 6:98‒101, 10:93
4. Learning the Dhamma 3:20, 3:30, 3:67, 3:127, 4:6, 4:102, 4:107, 4:191, 5:26, 5:65‒66, 5:73‒74, 5:151‒53, 5:165, 5:169, 5:194, 5:202, 6:51, 6:56, 6:86‒88, 8:82, 9:4
5. Teaching the Dhamma 1:320‒27, 2:14, 3:14, 3:22, 3:43‒44, 3:125, 3:131, 4:42, 4:48, 4:111, 4:128, 4:139‒40, 5:26, 5:99, 5:131‒33, 5:157, 5:159, 9:4, 10:83
6. The domain of wisdom

  1. Dependent origination 3:61, 10:92
  2. The five aggregates 4:41, 4:90, 9:66
  3. The three characteristics (collectively) 3:136, 4:49, 6:98‒100, 6:102‒4, 7:16‒18, 10:93
  4. Non-self 3:32‒33, 4:177
  5. Four noble truths 3:58, 3:61, 4:186, 4:190, 9:13
  6. Questions and answers 6:63, 8:83, 9:14, 10:27‒28, 10:58

7. The fruits of wisdom

  1. The fixed course of rightness 3:22, 5:151‒53, 6:86‒88, 6:98‒101
  2. Analytical knowledges 4:172, 5:86, 5:95, 7:38‒39
  3. Liberation 2:31, 2:87, 3:101-102, 4:178, 5:25‒26, 5:71‒72, 5:134, 5:170, 7:55, 9:36, 10:95, 11:16

8. Nibbāna 3:32, 3:55, 4:169, 4:179, 7:19, 9:34, 9:36, 9:47‒51, 10:6‒7, 10:29, 11:7‒8

XI.  The Institutional Saṅgha

1. Good and bad assemblies 2:42‒51, 2:62, 3:95, 4:7, 4:190, 4:211
2. Disputes, schism, and harmony 2:15, 2:63, 3:95, 3:124, 4:243, 5:54, 5:78, 6:11‒12, 6:36, 6:46, 6:54, 7:23, 10:37‒43, 10:50, 10:87
3. Saṅgha and laity 5:111, 5:225‒26, 7:13, 8:87‒89, 9:17, 9:19

XII. The Community of Noble Ones

1. Types of noble ones 2:36, 3:21, 3:25, 3:86‒88, 4:5, 4:87‒90, 4:131, 4:241, 7:14‒16, 7:55‒56, 8:59‒60, 9:9‒10, 9:12, 9:43‒45, 10:16, 10:63‒64
2. The stream-enterer 1:268‒76, 5:179, 6:10, 6:34, 6:89‒95, 6:97, 9:27, 10:92
3. The non-returner 2:36, 3:94, 4:124, 4:126, 6:65, 10:219
4. The arahant 3:25, 3:58‒59, 3:93, 3:143‒45, 4:38, 4:87, 4:195, 5:71, 5:107‒8, 6:2‒4, 6:49, 6:55, 6:66, 6:76, 6:83, 8:28, 9:7‒8, 9:25‒26, 10:12, 10:19‒20, 10:90, 10:100, 10:111‒12, 11:10

XIII. Types of Persons

1. Assessing people 4:192, 6:44, 6:52, 6:57, 6:62, 7:68, 10:75
2. The fool and the wise person 2:21, 2:38, 2:98‒107, 3:1‒8, 4:115, 10:233‒36
3. The bad person and the good person 2:32, 2:134‒37, 3:9, 3:150‒53, 4:3‒4, 4:43, 4:73, 4:91, 4:109, 4:135, 4:187, 4:201‒10, 4:222‒30, 4:263
4. The blameworthy monk and the esteemed monk 3:11, 3:13, 3:50, 3:91, 3:99, 3:123; 4:26, 4:200, 5:81‒85, 5:88, 5:111‒12, 5:138‒39, 5:231, 6:59, 7:1‒2, 8:3‒4, 10:23‒24, 10:87, 11:17
5. The bad monk 2:39, 3:27, 3:50, 4:68, 4:243, 5:102‒3, 5:211‒12, 6:45, 7:72, 8:10, 8:14, 8:20, 8:90, 10:77, 10:84‒86, 10:88‒89, 11:6
6. The exemplary monk 1:394‒574, 2:130‒31, 3:49, 3:96‒98, 3:133, 3:140‒42; 4:22, 4:38, 4:112, 4:114, 4:176, 4:181, 4:259‒60, 5:86‒87, 5:104, 5:107‒9, 5:140, 5:232‒35, 6:1‒7, 7:68, 8:13, 8:57‒58, 8:71‒72, 9:22, 10:8‒10, 10:70, 10:97, 11:14
7. One’s own welfare and others’ welfare 4:95‒99, 4:186, 5:17‒20, 7:68, 8:25, 8:62
8. Laypersons, good and bad 2:132‒33, 3:79, 4:60, 4:176, 5:42, 5:47, 5:58, 5:63‒64, 5:171‒75, 6:16, 7:53, 8:21‒24, 8:25, 8:38, 10:74. 11:11‒13
9. Bhikkhunīs 4:159, 5:115‒20, 7:56, 8:51‒52, 10:28
10. Women 1:279‒83, 2:61, 3:129, 4:80, 4:197, 5:55, 5:229‒30, 7:63, 8:46, 8:49, 8:51, 10:213‒15

XIV. Closing Repetition Series

Twos
Serenity and insight
Threes
Emptiness concentration, markless concentration, wishless concentration
Fours

(1) Four establishments of mindfulness
(2) Four right strivings
(3) Four bases of psychic potency

Fives

(1) Five perceptions: of unattractiveness, of death, of danger, of the repulsiveness of food, and of non-delight in the entire world
(2) Five perceptions: of impermanence, of non-self, of death, of the repulsiveness of food, and of non-delight in the entire world
(3) Five perceptions: of impermanence, of suffering in what is impermanent, of non-self in what is suffering, of abandoning, and of dispassion
(4) Five faculties
(5) Five powers

Sixes

(1) Six unsurpassed things: the unsurpassed sight, hearing, gain, training, service, and recollection
(2) Six recollections: recollection of the Buddha, of the Dhamma, of the Saṅgha, of virtuous behavior, of generosity, and of the deities
(3) Six perceptions: of impermanence, of suffering in what is impermanent, of non-self in what is suffering, of abandoning, of dispassion, and of cessation

Sevens

(1) Seven factors of enlightenment
(2) Seven perceptions: of impermanence, of non-self, of unattractiveness, of danger, of abandoning, of dispassion, and of cessation
(3) Seven perceptions: of unattractiveness, of death, of the repulsiveness of food, of non-delight in the entire world, of impermanence, of suffering in the impermanent, and of non-self in what is suffering

Eights

(1) Eight noble path factors
(2) Eight bases of overcoming
(3) Eight emancipations

Nines

(1) Nine perceptions: of unattractiveness, of death, of the repulsiveness of food, of non-delight in the entire world, of impermanence, of suffering in the impermanent, of non-self in what is suffering, of abandoning, and of dispassion
(2) Nine progressive dwellings

Tens

(1) Ten perceptions: of unattractiveness, of death, of the repulsiveness of food, of non-delight in the entire world, of impermanence, of suffering in the impermanent, of non-self in what is suffering, of abandoning, of dispassion, and of cessation
(2) Ten perceptions: of impermanence, of non-self, of the repulsiveness of food, of non-delight in the entire world, of a skeleton, of a worm-infested corpse, of a livid corpse, of a festering corpse, of a fissured corpse, and of a bloated corpse
(3) Right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration, right knowledge, and right liberation

Elevens

The four jhānas; the liberation of the mind by loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy, and equanimity; the base of the infinity of space, the base of the infinity of consciousness, and the base of nothingness

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