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TipitakaSutta PitakaContext of the Majjhima Nikaya

The Majjhima Nikaya
The Middle Length Discourses

The Majjhima Nikaya, or "Middle-length Discourses" of the Buddha, is the second of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka of the Tipitaka.

This nikaya consists of 152 discourses of the Buddha, which together constitute a comprehensive body of teaching concerning all aspects of the Buddha's teachings.

An excellent modern translation of the Majjhima Nikaya may be found in The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, translated by Bhikkhu Đanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995). The Introduction to that book is an extraordinary synopsis of the Buddha's teachings in general, and of their expression in the Majjhima in particular.

The sutta summaries appearing below that are marked "[BB]" were adapted from Bhikkhu Bodhi's summaries (in The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha) and used with permission. Those marked "[TB]" were provided by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Selected suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, these suttas were translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. An anthology of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's sutta translations is also available in Microsoft Word 6 (Macintosh/Windows) format.


Updated: 1-7-2000

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