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“I do not perceive even one other thing, O monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind. The mind when developed and cultivated entails great happiness.”
~ The Buddha
AN 1:9

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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya

Translated by Venerable Bhikkhu Nyanamoli and Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Wisdom Publications, Boston/London, 1995.
The Suttas are the primary resource for a practitioner to refer to.  This collection contains 152 Suttas and an invaluable introduction by Bhikkhu Bodhi.  A wealth of footnotes makes the text very accessible to the interested reader.