Index to Sutta Indexes
This index points to sub-indexes listing individual suttas. Every sutta is listed with a short descriptive paragraph and sometimes a more elaborate discussion. There is on this site 3 complete sets of the Pāḷi; the Complete Pāḷi Text Society translations of the four Nikayas and many of the lesser works; all the translations of Lord Chalmers, all the available translations of Bhikkhu Thanissaro, all the 'for-free-distribution' translations of Bhikkhu Bodhi, a number of miscellaneous translations, and all my translations — all interlinkked for easy cross-checking. What you have here is the core of what we have of what Gotama taught both in the Pāḷi and in translation, often multiple translations, and in the majority unabridged such that many suttas are contained herein which have not been seen since these works were first put into writing.
An old piece of information known to me but unfortunately forgotten probably a few minutes after it was first read, has just returned to consciousness from my giving a re-reading to Rhys Davids, Buddhist India, pg. 168. There Rhys Davids points out that the term 'Suttanta' means 'end of the suttas' in our sense of 'the aim' or 'a summary', that is, compiled from smaller suttas. The suttantas are found in The Digha Nikaya and the Majjhima Nikaya. Since I have 'suspected' for many years that suttas of the Digha and some of those in the Majjhima Nikayas were compilations, I am very glad to see that this was not a matter of anyone trying to sneak these in pretending that they were originally uttered in the form we find them, but that the fact that they were compilations was being stated outright. On the other hand, there is no reason to think that these suttas were not compiled by Gotama himself.
[DN] Dīgha Nikāya: (T.W. Rhys Davids: The Long Dialogues of the Buddha; M. Walshe: The Long Discourses of the Buddha)
[MN] Majjhima Nikāya: (Horner: The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha; Chalmers: Further Dialogues of the Buddha; Bhk. Ñaṇamoli, Bhk. Bodhi, ed.: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha)
Page numbers are for the PTS Pāḷi Text.
1. Mūla-Paṇṇāsaɱ (The Root 50: Suttas 1-50) (pts vol I: p 1-338)
2. Majjhima-Paṇṇāsaɱ (The Middle 50: Suttas 51-100) (pts vol I: p 339-524; vol II: 1-213)
3. Upari-Paṇṇāsaɱ (The Final 50: Suttas 101-152) (pts Vol II: 214-266; Vol III: p 1-302)
[SN] Saɱyutta Nikāya: (Mrs. Rhys Davids, F.L. Woodward: The Book of the Kindred Sayings, Bhk. Bodhi: The Connected Discourses of the Buddha)
This collection is organized as:
Vagga = Volume (1-5)
Saɱyutta (56 Chapters Consecutively numbered across the set) (1-56)
Vagga (Chapters within Saɱyuttas; generally not used for identification)
Sutta (Consecutively numbered within Saɱyutta)
The links below are to sub-indexes, one for each Vagga, listing the Saɱyuttas of that Vagga which then link, as per the above to individual Saɱyutta pages listing and linking to that Saɱyutta's Vaggas and Suttas.
1.(sɱ 1-11) Sagāthā-Vagga (With Cantos, Poetry, Verses)
2.(sɱ 12-21) Nidāna-Vagga (About Nidana, Causation)
3.(sɱ 22-34) Khandha-Vagga (On the Stockpiles, Elements of Existance, Aggregates)
4.(sɱ 35-44) Saḷāyatana-Vagga (On the Sense Realm, Six Sense Bases)
5.(sɱ 45-56) Mahā-Vagga (The Great Collection)
[AN] Aŋguttara Nikāya: (F.L. Woodward, E.M. Hare: The Book of the Gradual Sayings; Bhk. Bodhi: The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha)
Page numbers are for the PTS Pāḷi Text.
[PTS Volume I]
Ekanipāta (Ones) (p 1-46)
Dukanipāta (Twos) (p 47-100)
Tikanipāta (Threes) (p 101-299)
[PTS Volume II]
[PTS Volume III]
Pancakanipāta (Fives) (p 1-278)
Chakkanipāta (Sixes) (p 279-452)
[PTS Volume IV]
Sattakanipāta (Sevens) (p 1-149)
Atthakanipāta (Eights) (p 150-350)
Navakanipāta (Nines) (p 351-466)
[PTS Volume V]
Dasakanipāta (Tens) (p 1-310)
Ekadasakanipāta (Elevens) (p 311-361)
[VP] Vinaya Piṭaka: Rules of the Order
Commentary and Secondary Works
[KD] Kuddhaka Pitaka
[ud] Udana A complete listing of all the suttas in the Udana with links to translations available digitally and page numbers for the PTS edition. Links to the Pāḷi.
[snp] Sutta Nipāta
[thag] Theragāthā Index to the verses of the early bhikkhu community, usually declaring Arahantship. Biographical stories accompany the verses.
[thig] Therigāthā Index to the verses of the early bhikkhuni community, usually declaring Arahantship. Biographical stories accompany the verses. Here is a work which is highly recommended especially for those of you pretending to be feminists. Here is a bunch of women who are real men!
[jat] Jātaka Annotated index to the birth stories of the Buddha. The entire collection of The Pāḷi Text Society translation of the Jataka Stories edited by Professor E.B. Cowell is available on this site.
[ap] Apadāna Legends of the Buddhist Saints (Apadana) is a collection of about six hundred autobiographical poems ascribed to the accomplished Buddhas and Arahants of the early Buddhist community. The author has asked that I make sure readers are aware that this is a work still in beta and that they should check from time to time for an updated work. [Contact info is on the copright page.]
[ABHI] Abhidhamma Piṭaka
Dhammasaŋgaṇī: Buddhist Psychological Ethics
Vibhaŋga: The Book of Analysis
Dhātukathā: Discourse on Elements
Puggalapaññatti: A Designation of Human Types
Kathāvatthu: Points of Controversy
Tikapaṭṭhāna: Conditional Relations
Visuddhi Magga: Path of Purification, Translated from the Pāḷi by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli
[miln] Milindapañha, The Questions of King Milinda
 Please note that the Pāḷi text to which all suttas on this site are linked is my own edited version of the 1995 edition of the digital version of the Sri Lanka Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series.
As I review suttas, I review all the translations we have and also the Pāḷi. With regard to the Pāḷi I generally agree with (or blindly accept) the PTS reading but not always the way sentences have been broken up.
The original Pāḷi was written down with no word breaks and the punctuation consists only of line breaks almost precisely of the same nature as </p> = || || <br /> = ||.
Aside from these breaks, spaces between words, hyphenated compounds, and contractions are all a matter of an editor's choice so what we have in 'The Original Pāḷi' is already a sort of pre-translation translation. Further, choice of glyph for diacriticals is inconsistent between the Four Nikāyas.
So in addition to line-breaks, as I am reviewing the Pāḷi, I am standardizing glyph use, hyphenation, and contractions. I will undoubtedly make mistakes doing this, but I try to keep my changes to those where at least one of the 'authoritative' translators has done the same.
In the case of hyphenation and inserting apostrophes in contractions, this was done by the original editors only very haphazardly. My rule is that I do not hyphenate where a double consonant joins two words, or where the long a (ā) (or another vowel) joins two words the first of which ends in a and the second of which begins with a. Similar rules for the other vowels. Where the first word ends in a vowel and the second word begins with a vowel the word is contracted but the contraction is often not indicated (or there are various renderings throughout the Nikāyas) so I am inserting the apostrophy:
In the case where two words of a compound are joined by doubling a letter to indicate 'euphony', I am breaking the compound up as follows:
There is also the case of words having been made compounds where they are not compounds:
One other change I have made is to unabridge suttas where they have not already been unabridged by the editors of the BJT. I have also corrected numerous incorrectly unabridged suttas.
So the Pāḷi on this site should be understood as my version.
Readers are rightly advised to be on their guard in this sphere! For doubters I have provided the original from which I work (the BJT) and the PTS originals. The Chattha Sangayana Pali [CSCD] version is easily and freely available elsewhere. Otherwise I justify my version on the basis of readability:
There is a world of difference for a beginning translator between a sea of Pāḷi and the changes I am making:
samā paṭipadā.|| ||
catasso imā bhikkhave paṭipadā. katamā catasso akkhamāpaṭipadā khamāpaṭipadā damāpaṭipadā samāpaṭipadā.|| ||
And the fact is that the PTS, the BJT and even the CSCD are a mess. Omissions, errors all sorts of problems.
In spite of all this talk, what is actually on this site at this time is a mixed bag: some unchanged from the BJT, others with only the hyphenation and line breaks, and some, generally where I have done a translation and so have examined the Pāḷi word-for-word, completely re-arranged to follow my translation.
I will be accused of modifying the Pāḷi to fit my translation. If I were around for that I would say yes, that is true, and explain myself as I have done here. But also be more or less assured that I have not changed any words or word-order. I have changed some word spellings, but always with the previous example of one of the PTS translators or the PED.