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Anguttara Nikaya

The "Further-factored" Discourses

(selected suttas)

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The Anguttara Nikaya, the fourth division of the Sutta Pitaka, consists of suttas arranged in eleven books (nipatas) according to numerical content. For example, the first nipata -- the "Book of the Ones" -- contains suttas concerning a single topic; the second nipata -- the "Book of the Twos" -- contains suttas concerning pairs of things (e.g., a sutta about tranquillity and insight; another about the two people one can never adequately repay (one's parents); another about two kinds of happiness; etc.); the third nipata contains suttas concerning three things (e.g., a sutta on the three kinds of praiseworthy acts; another about three kinds of offense), and so on.

At first glance this may appear to be a rather pedantic classification scheme, but in fact it often proves quite useful. For example, if you dimly recall having heard something about the five subjects worthy of daily contemplation and you'd like to track down the original passage in the Canon, you might begin your search in the "Book of the Fives" in the Anguttara. (The Index by Number may also be helpful in such cases.)

An excellent print anthology of selected suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya is Nyanaponika Thera's and Bhikkhu Bodhi's Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology from the Anguttara Nikaya (Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 1999; also published in the USA by Altamira Press).

The suttas are numbered here by nipata (book) and sutta, with the suttas numbered sequentially from the start of each nipata, using the Woodward & Hare PTS English translations of the Anguttara Nikaya (The Book of the Gradual Sayings) as a guide. I have also provided alternate reference numbers in the braces {} that follow the sutta descriptions. For all suttas, these alternate references include the volume and starting page number in the PTS romanized Pali edition of the Anguttara Nikaya (example: A i 60 = PTS Anguttara Nikaya volume one, page 60). For the Ones and Twos, whose suttas are often quite short and which are sometimes enumerated differently in different editions of the Tipitaka, I have also included the nipata, vagga (chapter), and number of the sutta, with suttas counted from the start of each vagga (example: II,iii,5 = Book of the Twos, third vagga, fifth sutta).

Note: In May 2002 I renumbered about thirty suttas to match the PTS numbers.


I. Book of the Ones
II. Book of the Twos
III. Book of the Threes
IV. Book of the Fours
V. Book of the Fives
VI. Book of the Sixes
VII. Book of the Sevens
VIII. Book of the Eights
IX. Book of the Nines
X. Book of the Tens
XI. Book of the Elevens

I - Book of the Ones [go to top]

II - Book of the Twos [go to top]

III - Book of the Threes [go to top]

IV - Book of the Fours [go to top]

V - Book of the Fives [go to top]

VI - Book of the Sixes [go to top]

VII - Book of the Sevens [go to top]

VIII - Book of the Eights [go to top]

IX - Book of the Nines [go to top]

X - Book of the Tens [go to top]

XI - Book of the Elevens [go to top]

Revised: Thursday 2004.12.02