Sutra

Buddhism offers a heritage of deep teachings to enrich our daily practice of mindfulness. Below you can find selected key Buddhist texts (also known as “sutras”) regularly recited and studied in Plum Village. These are modern translations made by Thich Nhat Hanh, based on scholarly research into ancient Classical Chinese, Pali and Sanskrit texts. Sources for the original texts in Chinese or Pali are given at the end of each sutra.

When we read a sutra, we can ask ourselves, “What does this sutra have to do with my daily life?” or “How can apply this sutra to a difficulty I am facing right now?”

Discourse on the Absolute Truth

This translation of the Discourse on the Absolute Truth has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Paramatthaka Sutta Atthakavagga 5, Sutta Nipata.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the...

Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness

This translation of Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Samyukta Agama 1071 (The equivalent in the Pali Canon is Theranamo Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 21.10 . It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It...

Discourse on Youth and Happiness

  This translation of the Discourse on Youth and Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Samiddhi Sutta, Samyukta Agama 1078, Samyutta Nikaya 1.20, Taisho 99).  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice...

Discourse on Measuring and Reflecting

  This translation of the Discourse on Measuring and Reflecting has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Anumana Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 15. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world,...

Discourse on the Teachings to Be Given to the Sick

  This translation of the Discourse on The Teachings to Be Given to The Sick has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Ekottara Agama 51.8, Majjhima Nikaya 143 and Madhyama Agama 26.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is...

Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself

  This translation of the Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese: Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.99, Samyukta Agama 639.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village...

Anuradha Discourse

  This translation of the Anuradha Discourse has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Theranamo Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 21.10 . It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as...

Discourse on the White-Clad Disciple

This translation of the Discourse on the White-Clad Disciple has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Upasaka Sutra, Madhyama Agama 128. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as...

Discourse On Love

This translation of the Discourse on Love has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata 1.8. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as part...

Elder Discourse

This translation of Elder Discourse has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Samyukta Agama 1071 (The equivalent in the Pali Canon is Theranamo Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 21.10 .   It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum...

Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments

This translation of the Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama, Sutra 373.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around...

Discourse on the Middle Way

This translation of the Discourse on the Middle Way has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama 301, in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part...

Discourse on Happiness

This translation of the Discourse on Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Mahamangala Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1) in Pali. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part...

Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Arittha Sutra (Madhyama Agama 220) in Pali, and the Alagaddupama Sutta, (Majjhima Nikaya 22) in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006),...

Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

This translation of the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Satipatthana Sutta (in Pali) and the Majjhima Nikaya 10 (in Chinese). It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly...

Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing

The Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing is one of the most important sutras in the Plum Village tradition, and is taught at every Plum Village retreat. When Thich Nhat Hanh discovered this discourse, he said, “I felt I was the happiest person in the world.” The translation below has been prepared...

The Diamond Sutra

This translation of The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, sometimes known simply as The Diamond Sutra, has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (in Sanskrit), and the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.335. The Opening Gatha was composed by Thich Nhat Hanh to precede the...

Discourse on the Dharma Seal

This translation of the Discourse on the Dharma Seal has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese: Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.104 . It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as part of our daily...

Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings

The Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings is an ancient Buddhist text recited regularly in Plum Village practice centers all over the world. This translation has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No. 779.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (2006). The chanted version is available to...

Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh. This text is known in the Pali Canon as the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, and can be found in the Majjhima Nikaya No.131. In the Chinese Canon it can be found in the Madhyama Āgama. This translation...

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