This is a translation of the entire collection of 72 suttas, which includes some of the longer and more famous poems in the Pāli Canon, such as the Discourse on Goodwill (Karaṇīya-Mettā Sutta), the Discourse on Treasures (Ratana Sutta), and the Discourse on Protection (Maṅgala Sutta).
It also contains two sets of poems considered to be deep expressions of advanced points of doctrine: the Aṭṭhaka Vagga, on the theme of non-clinging, and the Pārāyana Vagga, in which the Buddha answers questions posed by adepts in concentration practice.
The collection also contains three suttas with rare biographical information of the Buddha’s early life.
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You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the wayBuddha, Dhp 276