Part 2 – Autobiography, Biography and Hagiography

Theme: The Buddha in the Middle Length Discourses: Autobiography, Biography and Hagiography


Assignment: 
 Read MN-26, 4, 19, 36, 72, 12, 49, 91, 123 

Optional: MN-47, 71, 77, 92

Please read the Suttas in the order listed here.

Study guides and other documents associated with this class from Gil:

Introduction    MN 26    MN 4    MN 36    MN 12
Study guide from Ajaahn Thannisaro: MN 49

Audio Recordings  (Hosted by the Sati Center) 

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

Class handout:  The Tathagata

Sutta translations available on-line at Access to Insight, or made available as a PDF document from the translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi – used with permission
(No link means no text available)

MN 26 MN 4 MN 19
MN 36 MN 72 MN 12
MN 49 MN 91
(Nanamoli/Bodhi)
MN 123
(Nanamoli/Bodhi)
MN 47 MN 71 MN 77
MN 92

 

Optional audio recordings:

Sutta commentaries from Bhikkhu Bodhi

MN 26 An audio talk from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Ariyapariyesanā Sutta — The Noble Search found on the website of the Bodhi Monastery in the Audio Dhamma section. This is part of a series of talks given by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Majjhima Nikaya. This talk is located the section I.1 “The Buddha’s Enlightenment”
MN 4 A set of two audio talks from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Bhayabherava Sutta in section I.1 “The Buddha’s Enlightenment”
MN 19 An audio talk from from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Dvedhāvitakka — Two Classes of Thoughts in section V.4 “Purifying the Mind”
MN 36 A set of two audio talks from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Mahāsaccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka in section I. “The Buddha’s Enlightenment”
MN 12 A set of four audio talks from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Mahāsīhanāda Sutta — The Greater Discourse on the Lion’s Roar in section VIII. “The Tathāgata”
MN 47 An audio talk from from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Vimaṃsaka Sutta — The Inquirer in section II. “Approaching the Dhamma”
MN 77 A set of six (!) audio talks from Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Mahāsakuludāyi Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Sakuludayin in section VI.4 “The Aids to Enlightenment”

 

General resources from Gil:

Resources for Studying

Study Syllabus