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Samyutta Nikāya – Connected Discourses (or) Kindred Sayings

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Samyutta Nikāya

The Samyutta Nikaya (Saṃyutta Nikāya SN, “Connected Discourses” or “Kindred Sayings”) is a Buddhist scripture, the third of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the “three baskets” that compose the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism.

Because of the abbreviated way parts of the text are written, the total number of suttas is unclear. The editior of the Pali Text Society edition of the text made it 2889, Bodhi in his translation has 2904, while the commentaries give 7762.

A study by Dr Rupert Gethin gives the totals for the Burmese and Sinhalese editions as 2854 and 7656, respectively, and his own calculation as 6696; he also says the total in the Thai edition is unclear.

The suttas are grouped into five vaggas, or sections. Each vagga is further divided into samyuttas, or chapters, each of which in turn contains a group of suttas on a related topic.

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