As I’ve mentioned I’ve been working my way through the Access To Insight article which is an introduction to the Buddha’s teaching, and I would highly recommend it to people as a tour of the highlights of the Suttas. It basically takes the Buddha’s gradual instruction method and illustrates it with the suttas, all cross-linked and sourced so that when you see a section of a sutta that speaks to you you can go and explore the entire text.
Here is the list of topics in the sequence that the Buddha used to teach them:
— The 5 Precepts
The Four Noble Truths
— The Noble Eightfold Path
I find it intriguing that very few people seem to teach Buddhism in this way any more, among the Tibetans where I’ve done some study courses there is a lot more focus on for instance the Lam Rim methods, or if you go looking via Google it takes you directly to the Four Noble Truths. But rarely do you see a complete lecture such as the Buddha gave, covering these various steps of instruction.