The sutra pitaka consists chiefly of discourses delivered by the Buddha
himself on various occasions. There are a few discourses delivered by
some of his distinguished disciples, such as the Venerable Sariputta,
Ananda, Moggallana and famous female Venerable like Khema, Uttara,
Visaka ect.., included in it it is like a book of prescriptions, as
sermons embodied therein were expounded to suit the different occasions
and the temperaments of various person. There may be seemingly
contradictory statements, but they should not be misconstrued as they
were opportunely uttered by the Buddha to suit a particular purpose.
Therefore morals, ethics, discipline, duties, responsibilities,
obligations and humane qualities can be found in the sutta pitaka.
This pitaka is divided into five Nikayas or collection, viz:
1. Digha Nikaya (collection of Long Discourses)
2. Majjhima Nikaya (Collection of Middle-length Discourses)
3. Samyutta Nikaya (Collection of Kindred Sayings)
4. Anguttara Nikaya (Collection of Discourses arranged in accordance