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Rational Buddhism Page

This Web Page contains documents on Buddhism considered from a rational viewpoint. It contains Abstracts of Suttas (Discourses of the Buddha and his Chief Disciples) from the Pali Canon of Buddhism. The Abstracts cover the four Principal Books of the Sutta Pitaka which contains the doctrinal part of the Buddha's teaching. These are:

CODE   BOOK No. of
suttas  
LENGTH
D Digha 34 Long
M Majjhima 152 Middling
S Samyutta 7762    Short
A Anguttara   9557 Short
A sutta will be referred briefly by quoting the Code Letter of the Book followed by the sutta or section number. For instance M 15 will refer to Majjhima Nikaya sutta 15. This Web Page is in the course of preparation. More sections will be added in due course.

This Page also contains selected articles on Buddhism

Victor Gunasekara
Convenor of the Web Domain


ABSTRACTS OF THE SUTTA PIṬAKA
Suttapiṭaka Saṅkhepa

Preface to the Abstracts

Introduction What is Rational Buddhism?

Dīgha Nikāya Saṅkhepa (The Long Collection Abstracts)

  1. Sīlakkhandavagga. Division on Moralities.
  2. Mahāvagga. The Great Division.
  3. Pāṭika vagga. The Pāṭika Division.

Majjhima Nikāya Saṅkhepa (The Middle Length Collection Abstracts)

  1. Mula Pariyaya Vagga. Fundamentals (M 1 - M 10)
  2. Sihanada Vagga. Lion's Roar (M 11 - M 20)
  3. Oppuma Vagga. Parables (M 21 - M 30)
  4. Mahayamaka Vagga. Greater Couplets (M 31 - M 40)
  5. Culayamaka Vagga. Lesser Couplets (M 41 - M 50)
  6. Gahapati Vagga. Householders (M 51 - M 60)
  7. Bhikkhu Vagga. Bhikkhus (M 61 - M 70)
  8. Paribbajaka Vagga. Wanderers (M 71 - M 80)
  9. Raja Vagga. Kings (M 81 - M 90)
  10. Brahmana Vagga. Brahmins (M 91 - M 100)
  11. Devadaha Vagga. Devadaha Division (M 101 - M 110)
  12. Anupada Vagga. Anupada Division (M 111 - M 120)
  13. Suññāta Vagga. Emptiness (M 121 - M 130)
  14. Vibgaṅga Vagga. Analysis (M 131 - M 142)
  15. Salāyatana Vagga. Final Division (M 143 - M 152)

Saṃyutta Nikāya Saṅkhepa (The Kindered Collection Abstracts)

  1. Sagāthā Vagga I. Division with Stanzas (1. Deva, 2, Devaputta, 3. Kosala, 5. Māra, and 6. Bhikkhuni Saṃyuttas)
  2. Sagāthā Vagga II. Division with Stanzas (7. Brahmā, 8. Brahmana, 9. Vanghisa, 10. Vana, 11. Yakkha and 12. Sakka Saṃyuttas)
  3. Nidhāna Vagga I. Saṃyuttā: 12. Nidhāna (Cause); 13. Abhisameyya (Understanding).
  4. Nidāna Vagga II. Saṃyuttās: 14. Dhātu (Condition/Element); 15. (Incalculable Beginning); 6. Kassapa (Kassapa); 17. Labha (Gains); 18. Rāhula (Rāhula); 19. Lakkhanapa (Lakkhana's Questions); 20. Oppumā (Parables); 21. Bhikkhu (Monk).
  5. Khandhā Vagga I. Saṃyuttā: 22. Khandā (Suttā 1-88); (Elements Suttas 1 -88).
  6. Khandhā Vagga II. Saṃyuttā: 22. Khandā (Suttā 89-158); (Elements Suttas 89-158);
  7. Khandhā Vagga III. 23. Rādha (Radha) to 24. Jhāna (Jhana)
  8. Saḷāyatana Vagga IV. 25. Saḷāyatana (25. Sixfold Sense Sphere) 26. Saññā (26. Feeling) to 34. Avyākata (34. The unrevealed)
  9. Saḷāyatana Vagga IVb. 35. Saḷāyatana (35. Sixfold Sense Sphere) 36. Saññā (36. Feeling) to 44. Avyākata (44. The unrevealed)
  10. Mahā Vagga I. 45. The Eightfold Path
  11. Mahā Vagga II. 46. The Limbs of Wisdom
  12. Mahā Vagga III. 47. Mindfulness; 48.Faculties; 49. BestEfforts; and 50. Powers.
  13. Mahā Vagga IV. 51. Psychic Power; 52. Anuruddha; 53. Ganges; 54. In- and out-breathing.
  14. Mahā Vagga V. 55. Stream-Winning; 56. The truths.

Aṅguttara Nikāya Saṅkhepa (The Gradual Sayings Abstracts)

  1. Ekanipata. 1. Chapter on the Ones.
  2. Dukanipata. 2. Chapter on the Twos.
  3. Tikanipata. 3. Chapter on the Threes.
  4. Cattukanipata. 4. Chapter on the Fours.
  5. Psñcakanipata. 5. Chapter on the Fives.
  6. Chattanipata. 6. Chapter on the Sixes.
  7. Sattakanipata. 7. Chapter on the Sevens.
  8. Aṭṭhakanipata. 8. Chapter on the Eights.
  9. Navakanipata. 8. Chapter on the Nines.

ARTICLES RELATING TO BUDDHISM

  1. Buddhist Attitude to God by V. A. Gunasekara
  2. Western Buddhism and Theravada by V. A. Gunasekara
  3. Buddhism and Vegetarianism by V. A. Gunasekara
  4. Ethnic Buddhism and Obstacles to Dhamma by V. A. Gunasekara
  5. Marxism in a Buddhist Perspective by V. A. Gunasekara
  6. The Mind, the Heart and the Brain in Buddhism by Victor A. Gunasekara
  7. The Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Women and Feminism by Victor Gunasekara
  8. The World Within and the World Without by Victor Gunasekara
  9. Significance of the Kālāma Sutta by Victor Gunasekara
  10. Buddhism and Revelation
  11. An Analysis of the Pāyāsi Sutta (DN 23) by Victor Gunasekara
  12. The Upanaishads in a Buddhist Perspective by Victor Gunasekara
  13. The Islam-Buddhism Debate by Victor Gunasekara