Majjhima Nikāya | The Middle Collection

The Majjhima Nikāya — the Middle Collection — is the second collection in the Sutta Piṭaka. It takes its name from the length of the discourses it contains: shorter than those in the Long Collection, longer than those in the Connected and Numerical Collections. There are 152 suttas in all. This anthology offers complete translations of 76 of these suttas, and excerpts from five.

  • MN     1   Mūlapariyāya Sutta // The Root Sequence
  • MN     2   Sabbāsava Sutta // All the Effluents
  • MN     4   Bhaya-bherava Sutta // Fear & Terror
  • MN     5   Anaṅgaṇa Sutta // Unblemished
  • MN     6   Ākaṅkheyya Sutta // If One Would Wish
  • MN     9   Sammādiṭṭhi Sutta // Right View
  • MN   13   Mahā Dukkhakkhandha Sutta // The Great Mass of Stress
  • MN   14   Cūḷa Dukkhakkhandha Sutta // The Lesser Mass of Stress
  • MN   18   Madhupiṇḍika Sutta // The Ball of Honey
  • MN   19   Dvedhāvitakka Sutta // Two Sorts of Thinking
  • MN   20   Vitakkasaṇṭhāna Sutta // The Relaxation of Thoughts
  • MN   21   Kakacūpama Sutta // The Simile of the Saw (Excerpt)
  • MN   22   Alagaddūpama Sutta // The Water-Snake Simile
  • MN   24   Ratha-vinīta Sutta // Relay Chariots
  • MN   26   Ariyapariyesana Sutta // The Noble Search
  • MN   27   Cūḷa Hatthipadopama Sutta // The Shorter Elephant Footprint Simile
  • MN   28   Mahā Hatthipadopama Sutta // The Great Elephant Footprint Simile
  • MN   29   Mahā Sāropama Sutta // The Longer Heartwood Simile Discourse
  • MN   30   Cūḷa Sāropama Sutta // The Shorter Heartwood Simile Discourse
  • MN   33   Mahā Gopālaka Sutta // The Greater Cowherd Discourse
  • MN   35   Cūḷa Saccaka Sutta // The Shorter Discourse to Saccaka
  • MN   36   Mahā Saccaka Sutta // The Longer Discourse to Saccaka
  • MN   38   Mahā Taṇhāsaṅkhaya Sutta // The Greater Craving-Destruction Discourse
  • MN   39   Mahā Assapura Sutta // The Greater Discourse at Assapura
  • MN   41   Sāleyyaka Sutta // (Brahmans) of Sāla
  • MN   43   Mahā Vedalla Sutta // The Greater Set of Questions & Answers
  • MN   44   Cūḷa Vedalla Sutta // The Shorter Set of Questions & Answers
  • MN   45   Cūḷa Dhammasamādāna Sutta // The Shorter Discourse on Taking on Practices
  • MN   48   Kosambiyā Sutta // In Kosambī
  • MN   49   Brahma-nimantanika Sutta // The Brahmā Invitation
  • MN   52   Aṭṭhakanāgara Sutta // To the Man from Aṭṭhakanagara
  • MN   53   Sekha-paṭipadā Sutta // The Practice for One in Training
  • MN   54   Potaliya Sutta // To Potaliya (Excerpt)
  • MN   58   Abhaya Rāja-kumāra Sutta // To Prince Abhaya
  • MN   59   Bahuvedanīya Sutta // Many Things to Be Felt
  • MN   60   Apaṇṇaka Sutta // A Safe Bet
  • MN   61   Ambalaṭṭhikā Rāhulovāda Sutta // The Exhortation to Rāhula at Mango Stone
  • MN   62   Mahā Rāhulovāda Sutta // The Greater Exhortation to Rāhula
  • MN   63   Cūḷa Māluṅkyovāda Sutta // The Shorter Exhortation to Māluṅkya
  • MN   66   Laḍukikopama Sutta // The Quail Simile
  • MN   70   Kīṭāgiri Sutta // At Kīṭāgiri
  • MN   72   Aggi-vacchagotta Sutta // To Vacchagotta on Fire
  • MN   74   Dīghanakha Sutta // To LongNails
  • MN   75   Māgaṇḍiya Sutta // To Māgaṇḍiya (Excerpt)
  • MN   78   Samaṇa-Muṇḍika Sutta // Muṇḍika the Contemplative
  • MN   82   Raṭṭhapāla Sutta // About Raṭṭhapāla
  • MN   86   Aṅgulimāla Sutta // About Aṅgulimāla
  • MN   87   Piyajātika Sutta // From One Who Is Dear
  • MN   90   Kaṇṇakatthala Sutta // At Kaṇṇakatthala
  • MN   93   Assalāyana Sutta // With Assalāyana
  • MN   95   Caṅkī Sutta // With Caṅkī (Excerpt)
  • MN   97   Dhanañjānin Sutta // To Dhanañjānin
  • MN 101   Devadaha Sutta // At Devadaha
  • MN 102   Pañcattaya Sutta // Five & Three (Excerpt)
  • MN 105   Sunakkhatta Sutta // To Sunakkhatta
  • MN 106   Āneñja-sappāya Sutta // Conducive to the Imperturbable
  • MN 108   Moggallāna Sutta // Moggallāna the Guardsman Gopaka
  • MN 109   Mahā Puṇṇama Sutta // The Great Full-Moon Night Discourse
  • MN 110   Cūḷa Puṇṇama Sutta // The Shorter Full-Moon Night Discourse
  • MN 111   Anupada Sutta // One After Another
  • MN 113   Sappurisa Sutta // A Person of Integrity
  • MN 117   Mahā Cattārīsaka Sutta // The Great Forty
  • MN 118   Ānāpānasati Sutta // Mindfulness of Breathing
  • MN 119   Kāyagatā-sati Sutta // Mindfulness Immersed in the Body
  • MN 121   Cūḷa Suññata Sutta // The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness
  • MN 122   Mahā Suññata Sutta // The Greater Discourse on Emptiness
  • MN 126   Bhūmija Sutta // To Bhūmija
  • MN 130   Devadūta Sutta // The Deva Messengers
  • MN 131   Bhaddekaratta Sutta // An Auspicious Day
  • MN 135   Cūḷa Kamma-vibhaṅga Sutta // The Shorter Analysis of Action
  • MN 136   Mahā Kamma-vibhaṅga Sutta // The Greater Analysis of Action
  • MN 137   Saḷāyatana-vibhaṅga Sutta // An Analysis of the Six Sense-Media
  • MN 138   Uddesa-vibhaṅga Sutta // An Analysis of the Statement
  • MN 140   Dhātu-vibhaṅga Sutta // An Analysis of the Properties
  • MN 141   Sacca-vibhaṅga Sutta // An Analysis of the Truths
  • MN 143   Anāthapiṇḍikovāda Sutta // The Exhortation to Anāthapiṇḍika
  • MN 146   Nandakovāda Sutta // Nandaka’s Exhortation
  • MN 147   Cūḷa Rāhulovāda Sutta // The Shorter Exhortation to Rāhula
  • MN 148   Chachakka Sutta // The Six Sextets
  • MN 149   Mahā Saḷāyatanika Sutta // The Great Six Sense-Media Discourse
  • MN 152   Indriya-bhāvanā Sutta // The Development of the Faculties