Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

1. The Aggregates

This group of sutras 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. 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 sutras plus 68 abbreviated sutra variants for a total of 178 sutras. The material spans fascicles 1, 10, 3, 2, and 5 of Taisho No. 99, which have been reordered according to Yinshun’s reconstruction. Below is a list of the English translations currently available.

Note: Previous English translations currently available at SuttaCentral are referenced below. The reader should be aware that titles for sutras are supplied by the translator(s). The sutra numbering follows Yinshun’s reconstruction. The Taisho sutra numbers are noted for reference (“[T99.xxx]”).