The Ancient Buddhist Scriptures
What Is a Sutta?
A sutta is the record of a teaching given by the Buddha Gotama or one of his enlightened disciples. Suttas can be a sermon, a collection of verses, or a mixture of both. It can be in the form of a story, a series of questions and answers, or a detailed analysis.
The Supreme Buddha Said,
Seated to one side, King Pasenadi said to the Buddha, “Just now, Bhante, while I was alone in my room, this thought came to mind, ‘Who are those who love themselves? And who are those who don’t love themselves?’