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Suttas for laypeople

Ficus_religiosaFicus_religiosa Veteran
edited May 2020 in Buddhism Basics

I have noted all the suttas I've come across, which contain the dhamma for laypeople specifically. Inpired by another thread, I thought I'd share what I know and encourage you to share what you know.

My list is thus far:

  • Digha Nikaya nr. 31, Sigalovada Sutta - The classic discourse to Sigalaka covering most of the householder's vinaya
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 4.255, Kula Sutta - How families keep a fortune
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 4.61 - 62, Anana Sutta - Discourse to Anāthapiṇḍika about wealth, fame, long life and more
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 5.177, Vanijja Sutta - The things one should not deal in
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 8.26, Jivaka Sutta - Discourse to Jivaka about the virtuous lay follower
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 8.54, Dighajanu (Vyagghapajja) Sutta - Discourse mirroring some of Sigalovada Sutta
  • Anguttara Nikaya nr. 11.13, Mahanama Sutta - Where householders should "stay" when bhikkhus leave
  • Samyutta Nikaya nr. 42.2, Talaputa Sutta - Right view for actors
  • Samyutta Nikaya nr. 42.3, Yodhajiva Sutta - Right view for soldiers
  • Khuddaka Nikaya nr. 5, Sutta Nipata nr. 2.14, Dhammika Sutta - Householder and bhikkhu vinaya


  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited May 2020

    Simsapa Sutta Is one of my favourites. Others of course are:

    The Kalama Sutta

    The Acintita Sutta


    The Sona Sutta

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran
    edited May 2020

    I think you’ve covered the major ones, I would have mentioned the Sigalovada and Kalama sutta’s in particular. I also heard of some like the Vimalakirti Nidessa Sutta which are part of the Mahayana teachings and not in the Pali Canon. I also like these although they are not specific to laypeople:

    Parabhava sutta ... on what causes people’s downfall
    Mangala sutta ... on what is the greatest blessing

    A lot of general sutta’s apply as well to laypeople and to monks.

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