Part 6 – Happiness, Sensuality, and Renunciation

Theme: Happiness, Sensuality & Renunciation

Readings: MN 46, 59, 13, 14, 66, 75, 54

Optional: 10.32, 45, 137, 139

 Please read the Suttas in the order listed here.

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

Introduction: Happiness, Sensuality & Renunciation   MN 46    MN 59    MN 13

Audio Recordings  (Hosted by the Sati Center) 

Part 1    Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

Class handouts:  Happiness Quotes

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 46 (Nanamoli/Bodhi) MN 59 Nyanaponika   Thanissaro MN 13
MN 14 MN 66 MN 75
MN 54 MN 10 Nyanasatta   Soma   Thanissaro MN 45
MN 137 MN 139 (Nanamoli/Bodhi)


Optional audio recordings:

Sutta commentaries from Bhikkhu Bodhi

MN 46 A series of 2 audio talks on the Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta —The Greater Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 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. These talks are located in section III.2 “The Ethical Life: Four Ways of Life”
MN 13 Audio talk on the Mahādukkhakkhanda Sutta — The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering in section IV.2 “Deepening One’s Perspectives on the World: The faults of the worldly life”
MN 75 A series of 2 audio talks on the Māgandiya Sutta — To Māgandiya in section  IV.2 “Deepening One’s Perspectives on the World: The shortcomings in sensual pleasures”
MN 54 Audio talk on the Potaliya Sutta in section IV.2 “Deepening One’s Perspectives on the World: The shortcomings in sensual pleasures”
MN 10 A series of 10 audio talks on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta — The Foundations of Mindfulness in section VI.2 “The Practice in Detail: The way of mindfulness”


General resources from Gil:

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