Udāna | Exclamations

As a genre of text, udāna means a style of narrative that developed in an effort to commit to memory the Buddha’s inspired exclamations, along with brief accounts of the events that inspired them.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1 : Awakening

    • Ud 1:1  Bodhi Sutta | Awakening (1)  —  The Buddha, soon after awakening, contemplates this/that conditionality and dependent co-arising.
    • Ud 1:2  Bodhi Sutta | Awakening (2)  —  The Buddha, soon after awakening, contemplates this/that conditionality and dependent co-arising.
    • Ud 1:3  Bodhi Sutta | Awakening (3)  —  The Buddha, soon after awakening, contemplates this/that conditionality and dependent co-arising.
    • Ud 1:4  Huhuṅka Sutta | Overbearing  —  A truly excellent person doesn’t display pride.
    • Ud 1:5  Brāhmaṇa Sutta | Brahmans  —  The Buddha redefines the term “brahman” to mean anyone, regardless of birth, who is awakened.
    • Ud 1:6  Kassapa Sutta | Mahā Kassapa  —  Ven. Mahā Kassapa chooses to go for alms among the poor rather than among the devas.
    • Ud 1:7  Aja Sutta | Aja  —  An awakened person has gone beyond fear.
    • Ud 1:8  Saṅgāmaji Sutta | Saṅgāmaji  —  A monk’s former wife tries to use their child to lure him back into the lay life.
    • Ud 1:9  Jaṭila Sutta | Ascetics  —  The mind is cleansed and purified, not by ablutions, but by truth and rectitude.
    • Ud 1:10  Bāhiya Sutta | Bāhiya  —  The ascetic Bāhiya becomes an arahant after receiving a brief teaching about adding nothing to sensory experience.

    2 : Muccalinda

    • Ud 2:1  Muccalinda Sutta | Muccalinda  —  Shortly after the Buddha’s awakening, a nāga protects him from a storm.
    • Ud 2:2  Rājā Sutta | Kings  —  When monks have gathered, they shouldn’t spend their time gossiping about kings.
    • Ud 2:3  Daṇḍa Sutta | The Stick  —  A lesson to young boys: If you don’t want to suffer from pain, don’t inflict pain on other beings.
    • Ud 2:4  Sakkāra Sutta | Veneration  —  On how to deal with abusive language.
    • Ud 2:5  Upāsaka Sutta | The Lay Follower  —  The drawbacks of having.
    • Ud 2:6  Gabbhinin Sutta | The Pregnant Woman  —  More drawbacks of having.
    • Ud 2:7  Ekaputta Sutta | The Only Son  —  The sorrow that comes from having those who are dear.
    • Ud 2:8  Suppavāsā Sutta | Suppavāsā  —  After a long and difficult pregnancy, Suppavāsā invites the Buddha and the Sangha for a meal.
    • Ud 2:9  Visākhā Sutta | Visākhā  —  The drawbacks of having to do business with kings.
    • Ud 2:10  Kāḷigodha Sutta | Bhaddiya Kāḷigodha  —  A former king, now monk, exclaims over the bliss of solitude.

    3 : Nanda

    • Ud 3:1  Kamma Sutta | Kamma  —  A monk meditates in pain engendered by past kamma but without being struck down by it.
    • Ud 3:2  Nanda Sutta | Nanda  —  The Buddha makes a deal with his step-brother: Stay a monk, and you’ll be rewarded with nymphs in the next life.
    • Ud 3:3  Yasoja Sutta | Yasoja  —  A group of monks, rebuked by the Buddha, take it as an encouragement to reach awakening.
    • Ud 3:4  Sāriputta Sutta | Sāriputta  —  Ven. Sāriputta meditates, his mind as solid as rock.
    • Ud 3:5  Kolita Sutta | Mahā Moggallāna  —  Ven. Mahā Moggallāna meditates.
    • Ud 3:6  Pilinda Sutta | Pilinda  —  Some old habits die hard.
    • Ud 3:7  Kassapa Sutta | Mahā Kassapa  —  A deva-king disguises himself to give alms to Ven. Mahā Kassapa.
    • Ud 3:8  Piṇḍa Sutta | Alms  —  The Buddha rebukes monks who are chatting about the agreeable things that one can encounter on almsround.
    • Ud 3:9  Sippa Sutta | Crafts  —  More lessons in what monks should and shouldn’t talk about.
    • Ud 3:10  Loka Sutta | Surveying the World  —  Shortly after awakening, the Buddha contemplates becoming.

    4 : Meghiya

    • Ud 4:1  Meghiya Sutta | Meghiya  —  A monk leaves the Buddha to go into solitude, only to find his mind overcome by unskillful thoughts.
    • Ud 4:2  Uddhata Sutta | High-strung  —  The need to protect body and mind.
    • Ud 4:3  Gopāla Sutta | The Cowherd  —  A cowherd is murdered after presenting a meal to the Buddha and the Sangha.
    • Ud 4:4  Juñha Sutta | Moonlit  —  A spirit gives Ven. Sāriputta a blow on the head.
    • Ud 4:5  Nāga Sutta | The Bull Elephant  —  The Buddha, hemmed in by his followers, goes into seclusion.
    • Ud 4:6  Piṇḍola Sutta | Piṇḍola  —  Ven. Piṇḍola Bhāradvāja meditates.
    • Ud 4:7  Sāriputta Sutta | Sāriputta  —  Ven. Sāriputta meditates.
    • Ud 4:8  Sundarī Sutta | Sundarī  —  Wanderers of other sects kill a woman and blame her murder on the Sangha.
    • Ud 4:9  Upasena Vaṅgantaputta Sutta | Upasena Vaṅgantaputta  —  Ven. Upasena Vaṅgantaputta contemplates: “Fortunate has been my life; fortunate will be my death.”
    • Ud 4:10  Sāriputta Sutta | Sāriputta  —  Ven. Sāriputta meditates.

    5 : Soṇa the Elder

    • Ud 5:1  Rājan Sutta | The King  —  King Pasenadi asks his queen, “Is there anyone dearer to you than yourself?”
    • Ud 5:2  Appāyuka Sutta | Short-lived  —  Ven. Ānanda comments on how the Buddha’s mother died shortly after his birth.
    • Ud 5:3  Kuṭṭhi Sutta | The Leper  —  A leper becomes a stream-enterer, dies, and is reborn as a deva.
    • Ud 5:4  Kumāra Sutta | Boys  —  A lesson to young boys: If you don’t want to suffer from pain, don’t inflict pain on other beings.
    • Ud 5:5  Uposatha Sutta | Uposatha  —  Ven. Mahā Moggallāna expels a sham monk from a meeting of the Sangha.
    • Ud 5:6  Soṇa Sutta | Soṇa  —  A young man in a remote part of India is able to ordain only after many delays.
    • Ud 5:7  Revata Sutta | Revata  —  Ven. Revata meditates.
    • Ud 5:8  Ānanda Sutta | Ānanda  —  Devadatta announces that he will cause a split in the Sangha.
    • Ud 5:9  Sadhāyamāna Sutta | Jeering  —  A group of youths jeer at the monks.
    • Ud 5:10  Panthaka Sutta | Cūḷa Panthaka  —  Ven. Cūḷa Panthaka meditates.

    6 : Blind from Birth

    • Ud 6:1  Āyusama-osajjana Sutta | Relinquishment of the Life Force  —  The Buddha relinquishes the forces that will keep him living.
    • Ud 6:2  Paṭisalla Sutta | Seclusion  —  How to know another person’s character.
    • Ud 6:3  Ahu Sutta | It Was  —  The Buddha reflects on the unskillful qualities that he has abandoned.
    • Ud 6:4  Tittha Sutta | Sectarians (1)  —  The blind people and the elephant.
    • Ud 6:5  Tittha Sutta | Sectarians (2)  —  Wanderers of other sects dispute over the self, pleasure, pain, and the nature of the world.
    • Ud 6:6  Tittha Sutta | Sectarians (3)  —  Wanderers of other sects dispute over the self, pleasure, pain, and the nature of the world.
    • Ud 6:7  Subhūti Sutta | Subhūti  —  Ven. Subhūti meditates.
    • Ud 6:8  Gaṇika Sutta | The Courtesan  —  Two factions fight over a courtesan.
    • Ud 6:9  Upāti Sutta | Rushing  —  Insects fly into the flames of lamps set out at night.
    • Ud 6:10  Uppajjanti Sutta | They Appear  —  Other sectarians shine only as long as a Buddha hasn’t appeared in the world.

    7 : The Minor Section

    • Ud 7:1  Bhaddiya Sutta | Bhaddiya (1)  —  A dwarf becomes an arahant.
    • Ud 7:2  Bhaddiya Sutta | Bhaddiya (2)  —  Ven. Sāriputta doesn’t realize that his listener has already become an arahant.
    • Ud 7:3  Kāmesu Satta Sutta | Attached to Sensual Pleasures (1)  —  Attachment to sensual pleasures keeps you from crossing over the flood.
    • Ud 7:4  Kāmesu Satta Sutta | Attached to Sensual Pleasures (2)  —  Attachment to sensual pleasures keeps you trapped like a fish.
    • Ud 7:5  Lakuṇṭha Sutta | The Dwarf  —  Inner vs. outer beauty.
    • Ud 7:6  Taṇhākhaya Sutta | The Ending of Craving  —  Ven. Aññata Koṇḍañña meditates.
    • Ud 7:7  Papañcakhaya Sutta | The Ending of Objectification  —  The Buddha contemplates his own abandonning of the perceptions and categories of objectification (papañca).
    • Ud 7:8  Kaccāna Sutta | Kaccāna  —  Ven. Mahā Kaccāyana meditates.
    • Ud 7:9  Udapāna Sutta | The Well  —  Wanderers of other sects try to keep the Buddha from drinking the water in a well.
    • Ud 7:10  Udena Sutta | King Udena  —  Five hundred awakened women die in a fire.

    8 : Pāṭali Village

    • Ud 8:1  Nibbāna Sutta | Unbinding (1)  —  The nature of unbinding.
    • Ud 8:2  Nibbāna Sutta | Unbinding (2)  —  On seeing unbinding.
    • Ud 8:3  Nibbāna Sutta | Unbinding (3)  —  The existence of an unfabricated dimension allows for the escape from fabrication.
    • Ud 8:4  Nibbāna Sutta | Unbinding (4)  —  Unbinding as independence.
    • Ud 8:5  Cunda Sutta | Cunda  —  The Buddha’s last meal.
    • Ud 8:6  Pāṭaligāma Sutta | Pāṭali Village  —  The rewards of virtue and of dedicating merit to the devas.
    • Ud 8:7  Dvidhapatha Sutta | A Fork in the Path  —  One of the Buddha’s attendants disobeys him.
    • Ud 8:8  Visākhā Sutta | Visākhā  —  Lady Visākhā wishes for many grandchildren.
    • Ud 8:9  Dabba Sutta | Dabba (1)  —  Ven. Dabba Mallaputta performs a miracle on his death.
    • Ud 8:10  Dabba Sutta | Dabba (2)  —  There’s no destination to describe for those rightly released.

    Appendices

  • Bibliography