Readings in the Madhyama-āgama

An e-learning online course by Bhikkhu Anālayo

Numata Center for Buddhist Studies

University of Hamburg


 

Course held in 2011:

Purification, Ethics and Karma

  in Early Buddhist Discourse

The lectures held during the summer semester of 2011 covered the first twenty discourses of the Madhyama-āgama. Audio files of the lectures can be audited or downloaded as mp3 files, together with the respective lectures notes as pdfs, at the links given below for each lecture.

 

 

Lecture 1 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 1

 

Lecture 1 covers the first two discourses, MĀ 1 and MĀ 2:

 

MĀ 1 Discourse on Wholesome Qualities (善法經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on [Being One Who] Knows the Dharma (AN 7.64), Dhammaū-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 113

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1080-1083 (given as discourse no. 68)

 

MĀ 2 Discourse on the [Celestial] Coral Tree (晝度樹經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the [Celestial] Coral Tree (AN 7.65), Pāricchattaka-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 117,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1083-1085 (given as discourse no. 69)

 

Lecture 2 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 2

 

Lecture 2 covers MĀ 3 and MĀ 4:

 

MĀ 3 Discourse on the Simile of the [Border] Town (喻經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Simile of the Citadel (AN 7.63), Nagaropama-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 106

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1075-1080 (given as discourse no. 67)

 

MĀ 4 Discourse on the Water Simile (喻經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Water Simile (AN 7.15), Udakūpama-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 11

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1004-1006

 

Lecture 3 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 3

 

Lecture 3 covers MĀ 5, MĀ 6 and MĀ 7:


MĀ 5 Discourse on the Simile of the Heap of Wood (
木積喻經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Simile of the Heap of Fire (AN 7.68), Aggikkhandhopama-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 128,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1090-1094 (given as discourse no. 72)

 

MĀ 6 Discourse on the Destination of a Good Person (善人往經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Destination of a Person (AN 7.52), Purisagati-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 70,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1048-1051 (given as discourse no. 55)

 

MĀ 7 Discourse on [Sources of] Worldly Merit (世間福經)

no Pāli Parallel

 


Lecture 4 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 4

 

Lecture 4 covers MĀ 8:

 

MĀ 8 Discourse on Seven Suns (七日經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on Seven Suns (AN 7.62), Sattasūriya-sutta, PTS ed. AN IV 100

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1071-1075 (given as discourse no. 66)

 

Lecture 5 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 5

 

Lecture 5 covers MĀ 9:
 

MĀ 9 Discourse on Seven Chariots (七車經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Relay of Chariots (MN 24), Rathavinīta-sutta, PTS ed. MN I 145

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Middle Long Discourses) pp. 240-245

A lecture by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Pāli version can be found here: MN 24

 

 

Lecture 6 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 6

 

Lecture 6 covers MĀ 10:


MĀ 10 Discourse on the Cessation of the Influxes (
漏盡經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on All the Influxes (MN 2), Sabbāsava-sutta, PTS ed. MN I 6

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Middle Long Discourses) pp. 91-96

Lectures by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Pāli version can be found here:

MN 2a, MN 2b, MN 2c, MN 2d

 

 

Lecture 7 audio file

pdf notes to lecture 7

 

Lecture 7 covers MĀ 11:


MĀ 11 Discourse on the Simile of the [Grain] of Salt (
)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Grain of Salt (AN 3.99), Loṇakaphala-sutta, PTS ed. AN I 249,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 331-335 (given as discourse 100)

Lecture 8 audio files

pdf notes to lecture 8

 

Lecture 8 covers MĀ 12, MĀ 13 and MĀ 14:

 

MĀ 12 Discourse to Vappa (破經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse to Vappa (AN 4.195), Vappa-sutta, PTS ed. AN II 196,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 572-575

 

MĀ 13 The Discourse on [Tenets to be] Transcended (度經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on Tenets (AN 3.61), Titthāyatanāni-sutta, PTS ed. AN I 173,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 266-270


MĀ 14 Discourse to Rāhula (
羅云經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on an Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā (MN 61), Ambalaṭṭhikārāhulovāda-sutta, PTS ed. MN I 414,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Middle Long Discourses) pp. 523-526

A lecture by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Pāli version can be found here: MN 61

 

 

Lecture 9 audio files

pdf notes to lecture 9

 

Lecture 9 covers MĀ 15 and MĀ 16:


MĀ 15 Discourse on Intention (
思經)

Pāli Parallel: Discourse on the Body Made of Deeds (AN 10.208), Karajakāya-sutta (alternative title in PTS trsl.: The Brahma-moods) PTS ed. AN V 299,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1541-1543 (given as discourse no. 219)

 

MĀ 16 Discourse to the Kālāmas (伽藍經)

Pāli Parallel: Kesamutti-sutta (AN 3.65), PTS ed. AN I 188

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 279-283

A lecture by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Pāli version can be found here: AN 3.65

 

Lecture 10 audio files

pdf notes to lecture 10

 

Lecture 10 covers MĀ 17 and MĀ 18:

 

MĀ 17 Discourse to Gāmaṇi (伽彌尼經)

Pāli Parallel: Asibandhakaputta-sutta, (SN 42.6), (alternative title in PTS ed.: Pacchābhūmako-sutta), PTS ed. SN IV 311,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Connected Discourses) pp. 1336-1338

 

MĀ 18 Discourse to Sīha (師子經)

Pāli Parallel: Sīha-sutta (AN 8.12), PTS ed. AN IV 179,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Numerical Discourses) pp. 1130-1136

 

 

Lecture 11 audio files

pdf notes to lecture 11

 

Lecture 11 covers MĀ 19 and MĀ 20:

 

MĀ 19 Discourse on the Nigaṇṭhas (尼乾經)

Pāli Parallel: Devadaha-sutta (MN 101), PTS ed. MN II 214,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Middle Long Discourses) pp. 827-838

 

MĀ 20 Discourse to Pāṭaliya (波羅牢經)

Pāli Parallel: Pāṭaliyasutta, (SN 42.13), PTS ed. SN IV 340,

please consult Bhikkhu Bodhi (Connected Discourses) pp. 1359-1371