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Major section of the Tripitaka, the canon of Theravada Buddhism, largely attributed to the Buddha himself. It is divided into five collections, or Nikayas: the Digha Nikaya (Long Collection), containing 34 lengthy sutras, including some of the most important doctrinal expositions; the Majjhima Nikaya (Medium Collection), containing 152 sutras dealing with a variety of subjects; the Samyutta Nikaya (Cluster Collection), with more than 7,000 sutras arranged according to subject; the Anguttara Nikaya (Gradual Collection), a numerical arrangement, for mnemonic purposes, of 9,557 terse sutras; and the Khuddaka Nikaya (Short Collection). See alsoAbhidhamma Pitaka; Vinaya Pitaka.
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