The Samyutta Nikaya is the third division of the Sutta Pitaka of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi, this division contains 2,889 suttas (discourses) grouped into five sections (vaggas). Each section is further divided into samyuttas, each of which in turn contains a group of suttas on related topics.
The samyuttas are named according to the topics of the suttas they contain. For example, the Kosala Samyutta (in the Sagatha Vagga) contains suttas concerning King Pasenadi of Kosala; the Vedana Samyutta (in the Salayatana Vagga) contains suttas concerning feeling (vedana); and so on.
- Bhikkhu Bodhi (translator), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2000; originally published in two volumes, but now available in a single volume).
- The Book of the Kindred Sayings, tr C. A. F. Rhys Davids & F. L. Woodward, 1917–30, 5 volumes, Bristol: Pali Text Society
Correspondence with the Saṃyukta Āgama
The Samyutta Nikaya corresponds to the Saṃyukta Āgama found in the Sutra Pitikas of various Sanskritic early Buddhists schools, fragments of which survive in Sanskrit and in Tibetan translation. A complete Chinese translation from the Sarvāstivādin recension appears in the Chinese Buddhist canon, where it is known as the Zá Ahánjīng (雜阿含經); meaning "the mixed agama". A comparison of the Sarvāstivādin, Kāśyapīya, and Theravadin texts reveals a considerable consistency of content, although each recension contains sutras/suttas not found in the others. The Collation and Annotation of Saṃyuktāgama (《<雜阿含經>校釋》,Chinese version) makes further comparison.
Bhikku Sujato, a contemporary scholar monk, argues that the remarkable congruence of the various recensions suggests that the Samyutta Nikaya/Saṃyukta Āgama was the only collection to be finalized in terms of both structure and content in the pre-sectarian period.
- A Dictionary of Buddhism, by Damien Keown, Oxford University Press: 2004
- The Collation and Annotation of Saṃyuktāgama, by Wang Jianwei and Jin Hui, East China Normal University Press: 2014
- Bhikku Sujato, A History of Mindfulness: How Insight Worsted Tranquility in the Satipatthana Sutta pgs 31, 37-52
- Bhikkhu Bodhi (trans.) (2000). The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Saṃyutta Nikāya. Boston: Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-331-1.
- Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, entry on Zá Ahánjīng
- The Collation and Annotation of Saṃyuktāgama《<雜阿含經>校釋》,(Chinese version). Wang Jianwei and Jin Hui, East China Normal University Press, 2014.
- Samyutta Nikaya suttas in Pali (complete) and English (first 44 chapters) at "Metta Net"
- Samyutta Nikaya selected suttas in English at "Access to Insight"
- "Connected Discourses in Gandhāra" by Andrew Glass (2006 dissertation) - compares four Gandharan sutras related to the Samyutta Nikaya with Pali, Chinese and Tibetan versions.
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