Sutta Nipata

Buddhist scripture, sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Pali Canon

The Sutta Nipāta[1] (literally, "Suttas falling down") is a Buddhist scripture, a sutta collection in the Khuddaka Nikaya, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. All its suttas, thought to originate from before the Buddha's parinibbana, consist largely of verse, though some also contain some prose.

Some scholars[4] believe that it describes the oldest of all Buddhist practices. Others such as Bhikkhu Bodhi[5] and K. R. Norman[6] agree that it contains much early material.

In the Chinese Buddhist canon, a version of the Aṭṭhakavagga has survived. Fragmentary materials from a Sanskrit version of the Nipata also survive.[7]