Thānissaro Bhikkhu

Sutta Nipāta: The Discourse Group

Sutta Nipāta: The Discourse Group

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.

Do you want to start meditating or deepen your practice?
We offer personal guidance, completely on a donation basis.

Free Meditation Course

About Thānissaro Bhikkhu

Thānissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk in the kammaṭṭhāna (Thai forest) Tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand where he studied meditation with Ajahn Fuang Jotiko, who was himself a disciple of the late Ajahn Lee.

He joined the order of monks in Wat Dhammasathit in 1976, where he remained after the death of his teacher in 1986. In 1991, he traveled to the San Diego County hills of the US, where he helped Ajahn Suwat Suwaco establish Metta Forest Monastery (Wat Mettavanaram). He has been abbot of that monastery since 1993.

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is perhaps best known for his translations of the Dhammapada and the Sutta Pitaka - more than 1000 suttas - and so the main share for the sutta translations for the website Accesstoinsight, and his translations of 'Dhamma-talks' from the Thai forest Ajahns. He has also written several of his own works on the Dhamma and study guides for his Pali translations.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276