The Collection of Long Discourses - This collection makes up the first major division of the Sutta Pitika or Basket of Discourses. It consists of thirty-four long discourses of the Buddha grouped into three vaggas or volumes that are the:
1. Silakkhandha-vagga — The Large Division Concerning Morality (13 suttas)
2. Maha-vagga — The Great Division (10 suttas)
3. Patika-vagga — The Patika's Division (11 suttas)
The discourses in these volumes or divisions describe the Buddha's teachings, give historical accounts of his life, describe teachings of other religions of that time and narate question and answers sessions on a variety of subjects. As a whole, these discourses give a comprehensive description of the ethics, instructions and understanding of his teachings.