Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

1. The Aggregates

This group of sūtras has the common theme of describing the five aggregates and how they relate to Buddhist practice. These aggregates are form, feeling, perception, intention, and consciousness. The five aggregates represent the things that people can identify with as a self, and they are the basic constituents of everyday experience and identity. When they come together, they form sentient beings, which in Buddhist thought includes animals, humans, and other beings like spirits, demons, and gods.

The Aggregates group consists of 110 full sūtras plus 68 abbreviated sūtra variants for a total of 178. The material spans fascicles 1, 10, 3, 2, and 5 of Taisho No. 99, which have been reordered according to Yinshun’s reconstruction.

For a table of parallels with other Buddhist sources, see the Dharma Pearls Wiki. Below is a list of the English translations currently available.

Please note that: