The Anatta-lakkhaṇa Sutta (Pali) or Anātma-lakṣaṇa Sūtra (Sanskrit), is traditionally said to be the second discourse of the Buddha, the first being Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The title translates to the "Characteristic of Not-Self Discourse".
This text is also known as the Pañcavaggi Sutta (Pali), literally the "Group of Five Discourse", referring to the group of five (pañcavaggiyā), the first five disciples, to whom the Buddha is speaking within the discourse.
In this discourse, the Buddha explains to the five disciples that the five skandhas (constituents of a person's body and mind) are each impermanent (anicca), subject to suffering (dukkha) and thus unfit for identification with a "self" (atta).
Translations into English
Translations from Pali:
- The Characteristic of Not-Self (SN 22.59), Sujato translation, SuttaCentral
- The Characteristic of Not-Self (SN 22.59), Bodhi translation, SuttaCentral
- Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (SN 22.59), Thanissaro translation, Access to Insight
- Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (SN 22.59), Mendis translation, Access to Insight
Translations from Chinese:
- "The Anātmalakṣaṇa Sūtra". Lapis Lazuli Texts. Retrieved 2019-07-19. From the Saṃyukta Āgama, translated by Guṇabhadra (T02n99).
Translation from SuttaCentral
|This translation of the text Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta, SN 22.59 is published by SuttaCentral under license CC0 1.0. Translation by Bhikkhu Sujato.|
- While, due to its content, this discourse is widely known as the Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta (e.g., see Mendis, 2007, Ñanamoli, 1993, and CSCD SN 22.59), this discourse is also known as the Pañcavaggi Sutta (see Thanissaro, 1993, and SLTP SN 21.59). The basis for this latter title is that the Buddha is addressing his original "group of five" (pañcavaggiya) disciples, all of whom become arahants upon hearing this discourse (Mhv 6:47).
- Thanissaro (1993).
- "SN 22.59" denotes that this discourse is the fifty-ninth discourse in the 22nd group in the Samyutta Nikaya.
- Due to a different grouping of the SN suttas (e.g., in the SLTP, the CSCD's samyutta 13 is included as a final vaggo [chapter] in SLTP samyutta 12) , this is samyutta 21 of the SLTP redaction and samyutta 22 of the CSCD redaction.
- "S iii 66" denotes that, in the Pali Text Society edition of the Canon, this discourse starts on page 66 of the third volume of the Samyutta Nikaya. An example of this notation can be found in Thanissaro (1993).
- The Characteristic of Not-Self (SN 22.59), SuttaCentral; click down-arrow to view "parallel texts"
- Mendis, N.K.G. (tr., ed.) (1979). On the No-self Characteristic: The Anatta-lakkhana Sutta (The Wheel No. 268). Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society. Retrieved 2007-10-03 from "Access to Insight" (2007) at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel268.html.
- Ñanamoli Thera (tr., ed.) (1981). Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha (The Wheel No. 17). Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society. Retrieved 2007-10-03 from "Access to Insight" (1995) at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/wheel017.html.
- Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project (SLTP) (n.d.), "Upayavaggo" (SN 21.6). Retrieved 2010-12-19 from "MettaNet" at http://metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/3Samyutta-Nikaya/Samyutta3/21-Khandha-Samyutta/02-01-Upayavaggo-p.html.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu (tr.) (1993). Pañcavaggi Sutta: Five Brethren (SN 22.59). Retrieved 2010-12-29 from "Access to Insight" at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.059.than.html.
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