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The Dīgha Nikāya ("Collection of Longer Discourses ", abbreviated DN ) is the first of five Nikayas ("collections") that make up the Suttapitaka .

The longer lectures contain a total of 34 speeches, including For example, the Mahasatipatthana Sutta , which forms the basis of meditation through mindfulness, and the Mahaparinibbana Sutta , which describes the Buddha's last months before his death and of his cremation.

The 34 speeches of the Dīgha Nikāya are divided into three groups:

# group description
1 Silakkhandha-vagga The group on morals: it contains a total of 13 suttas, including z. B. Potthapada Sutta (DN 9), which explains the benefits of meditation practice.
2 Maha-vagga The large group: it contains a total of 10 suttas, e.g. B. the Mahaparinibbana Sutta (DN 16).
3 Patika-vagga The Patika group: it contains a total of 11 suttas, B. the Sigalaka Sutta (DN 31), in which the Buddha speaks about ethics and exercises for lay followers.

German-language editions

  • Karl Eugen Neumann (transl.): The speeches of the Buddha. Longer collection. 2nd Edition. Beyerlein-Steinschulte, Stammbach 1996, ISBN 3-931095-15-0 .
  • Franke, Rudolf Otto (translator). Dīghanikāya: the book of long texts of the Buddhist canon / in selection over. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Leipzig: JC Hinrichs, 1913 digitized / Internet archive
  • Digha-Nikaya. The long collection of lectures. Translated from the Pali and provided with notes and explanations. Edited by Neu-Buddhistische Verlag. Zehlendorf-West near Berlin, Linden-Allee 17-19. 1920. [In the foreword, selection principles are named and explained. "We don't work as philologists, but as Buddhists.", P. 6.]

English translations

  • Dialogues of the Buddha , tr TW and CAF Rhys Davids, 1899–1921, 3 volumes, Pali Text Society , Vol. 1 , Vol. 2 , Vol. 3 .
  • Thus Have I Heard: the Long Discourses of the Buddha , tr Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Pubs, 1987

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